28.11.2021 (Sun) 1400
Eaton Kino
with post-screening talk
host by Terence CHOI

This curated programme showcases recent award-winning shorts from the SeaShorts Competition section, where trailblazing directors are breaking with cinematic conventions in increasingly audacious and radical ways, serving as bellwethers of future developments in the art of filmmaking in Southeast Asia.

SeaShorts Film Festival  seashorts.org

SeaShorts Film Festival began in 2017 as an event to screen Southeast Asian short films and has since grown into a notable regional film festival. With a programme of handpicked and curated short films, as well as forums and masterclasses, it showcases Southeast Asia’s stories and emerging filmmaking talents by bringing together the arts and cultural community from the region.

Stay Awake, Be Ready

Pham Thien An


Vietnam, South Korea, USA|2019|14|Fiction
In Vietnamese with English subtitles
Hong Kong Premiere

 

2020 ​Audience Award & Best Director Award, SeaShorts Film Festival
2020 Locarno Film Festival
2019 Illy Award, Cannes Quinzaine des Réalisateurs

On a street corner, a mysterious conversation among three young men at a street stall. Meanwhile, a traffic accident on a motorbike. The night brings together a sketch, a multicolor frame of reality.

Pham Thien An

A film director, producer, and screenwriter, born in November 1989 in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. After four years of undergraduate studies in Information Technology at Lotus University in Ho Chi Minh City, he realized his interest in cinematography and filmmaking. In recent years, he has won several film awards in Vietnam. In 2015, he moved to Houston, Texas (USA), and continued working as a freelance filmmaker.

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Ostin Fam (Phạm Quốc Dũng)


Vietnam, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand
​| 2020|22|Fiction
In Vietnamese with English subtitles
Hong Kong Premiere


2021 
Best Movie Award, SeaShorts Film Festival
2021 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival
2020 Busan International Film Festival

An alien arrives on Earth on a quest to find assistance to rebuild his home. Under instruction from his spaceship, he makes a stopover at a construction site in Vietnam, where the biggest temple in the world is being built. In disguise, the alien encounters a reverent worshipper, a cynical construction worker, and a mysterious medium. As the group performs a spirit summoning ceremony, the alien observes these individuals exchanging their different ideas of home.

Ostin Fam (Phạm Quốc Dũng)

Ostin Fam (Phạm Quốc Dũng) is an independent filmmaker. His work seeks to elevate underserved narratives, but rather than attempting to capture the existential pain that comes with underrepresentation, he tries to hone in on the specifics of experience. The notion of cultural fluidity has become a focal point in his work; how we reconcile our identities in different lands with different customs.

Peon

Shaiful Yahya
June WONG
Syaz Zainal


Malaysia ​| 2019|15|Fiction
In Malay with English subtitles

Hong Kong Premiere

2021
Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia
2020 Jury Award (MAS See Films: Open Category), Mini Film Festival
2020 Best Editing, Next New Wave & SeaShorts Award, SeaShorts Film Festival

 

Peon is a true story told through a delivery rider’s phone screen. Ding! An order comes in to deliver passports. On his way, he receives a voice message offering him money to deliver to a different address. He finds out that the passports belong to a group of Bangladeshi workers who want to return home. The film questions the integrity behind the rider’s decision and the stereotyping of immigrants in Malaysia.

 

Shaiful Yahya
June WONG
Syaz Zainal

Shaiful was born in Johor, Malaysia. He is a director with a background in audio engineering, producing, and camera operating. His first short biographical documentary, Anuar Black Mustapha, won the 2017 Everyday Humans International Short Film Competition. June is a Malaysian filmmaker. Peon is her first time being involved in directing. Syaz is a Kuala Lumpur-based filmmaker involved in notable projects like Netflix’s Marco Polo seasons 1 and 2, Crazy Rich Asians, Asia’s Got Talent season 1, The Amazing Race Asia season 5, and The Garden of Evening Mist.

Red Aninsri; Or, Tiptoeing on the Still Trembling Berlin Wall

Ratchapoom Boonbunchachoke


Thailand ​| 2020|30
|Fiction
In Thai with English subtitles


2021 
SeaShorts Film Festival
2020 Torino Film Festival
2020 Youth Jury Award, Locarno Film Festival

The queer espionage film made in the tradition of Cold-War-era Thai dubbed film. A

ladyboy prostitute-cum-spy is assigned a mission to disguise as a cis-masculine gay to spy on a student activist.

Ratchapoom Boonbunchachoke

A Thai filmmaker of Teochew-Hainanese descent. Born, brought up, and based in Bangkok, he graduated from the film department of Chulalongkorn University. In 2020, Ratchapoom was selected to participate in the Berlinale Talents program. His short film Red Aninsri; Or, Tiptoeing on the Still Trembling Berlin Wall, was selected to compete at Locarno 2020, where it won the Junior Jury Award. The short has since traveled to many festivals.