Winners of Project Horizon 2020

About the director: Sasha CHUK Tsz-yin, founder of THE FLOW OF WORDS, is currently a director and writer. She published her collection of short stories THE EPILOGUE OF SUMMER in 2017.

Synopsis: Kwan believes that she is unique. Enclosed in solitude within her own literary world and deprived of affections from her family, she longs for love in whatever form it takes — no matter how distorted. She considers the detention class with Mr. Cheung a shelter from the world, until it is shattered together with all her hopes. She finally comes to the realization that it is the world that goes against her. There is no hiding place for her no matter how hard she struggles……

About the director: Tommy NG Kai Chung was born in 1991 in Hong Kong, China. He graduated from the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong in 2013. After graduation he founded Paperbox Creations with two of his classmates and took up the role of director. In 2018, he established Point Five Creations. He is currently based in Hong Kong.

Synopsis: In a little forest in “Another World”, Little Ghost is looking for his designated spirit and Little Girl is in search of her younger brother. When Little Ghost who should have lost all traits of humanity encounters Little Girl who is reluctant to give up on finding her lost brother, love and care grow between them. From that moment on, their paths will be bound as Little Girl tries to right an unforgivable wrong.

About the director: Born in 1989, WANG Yuyan is currently working at Le Fresnoy – National Studio of Contemporary Arts. She graduated from China Academy of Art in 2012 and Beaux-Arts of Paris in 2016. She realizes multi-media projects which oscillate between performance, video, and installation, often from an immersive perspective.

Synopsis: Two hundred kilometers from Beijing, men live among rocks waiting to be broken, cut, sanded. The same gestures come back again and again to write a history of damage and repair. This story fades into the manufacture of monuments. With the wind that inexorably disseminates the traces of these actions.

About the director: ZHANG Xun (Eugene) is an independent photographer and documentary filmmaker. In 2015, he received a master’s degree in media cultures from City University of Hong Kong. From 2015 to 2018, he participated in the production of documentary HAVANA DIVAS and RED ROCK, as a cameraman and film editor. His short documentary, GRANNY AND MAMMY, was selected for the 1st Hong Kong International Documentary Festival. JUNE 30TH won the Halo Award at the 3rd Beijing International Short Film Festival.

Synopsis: My granny is old. She suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, hardly remembers anything, hardly walks, hardly speaks. She even spits everywhere while eating. Granny becomes a “child” and her daughter becomes her “mother”. She takes care of her, hoping that my granny will get better someday, just like a child will finally grow up. But people can only get older and older. Granny is too old. The only thing she can remember is the date of her grandson’s birthday, June 30th.

About the director: Born in 1993, JHAN Bo-Jyun earned an associate degree in electronic engineering from Hungkuo Delin University of Technology. He then graduated from National Formosa University a bachelor’s degree in multimedia design. He now studies animation at Tainan National University of the Arts’s Graduate Institute of Animation and Film Art.

Synopsis: The child went to father’s home village for the first time to attend grandma’s funeral with his family. However, his mother left the funeral after having arguments with father’s family. The father and the child stayed at the funeral alone to tackle the unfriendliness of father’s family and the death of grandma. At the end, the father and the child can only stay at the river bank when grandma was buried far, far away in the watermelon farm. That was the first time the child saw his father’s tears.

About the director: LEI Lei was born in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, in 1985. In 2009, he received a master’s degree in animation from Tsinghua University. In 2010, his film THIS IS LOVE was awarded the Best Narrative Short at Ottawa International Animation Festival. In 2013, his film RECYCLED won the Grand Prix non-narrative short at Holland Animation Film Festival. In 2014, he served on juries at Animafest Zagreb and Holland Animation Film Festival and received the Asian Cultural Council Cai Fellowship. In 2017, he started to work at CalArts’s Experimental Animation Program as a faculty member. In 2018, he was invited by the Academy to join its Short Films and Feature Animation Branch. In 2019, his first feature film BREATHLESS ANIMALS was selected for Berlinale Forum.

Synopsis: A woman is reminiscing about the story behind a photograph: it was a hot summer day in the 1980s. Her family travelled to Lushan to escape the heat. As her memory unfolds, we gradually come to see the forgotten history and that very photograph being damaged by a water stain.

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