Creative media students shine at international film festivals
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Students from the School of Creative Media (SCM) at City University of Hong Kong have been captivating audiences around the world and winning top honours recently at international film festivals with a mixture of experimental and short films.
Ms Wong Ying-ying, a Year 2 student studying for the BA in Creative Media (BACM), took home the Special Jury Award for her experimental film We Search at the 2nd Korea Youth International Film Festival in Seoul, while the films of three other SCM students who have graduated recently have been selected for screening at festivals in Berlin, Beijing and here in Hong Kong.
CityU is dedicated to encouraging students to showcase their creativity on the international stage by participating in film festivals around the world. The awards demonstrate CityU students' talents.
Ms Wong’s seven-minute improvised film explores concepts of gender using a static camera to observe the behaviour of a young man and woman playing around with bits of old material in an abandoned building. The film maker, who was trained as a secretary before she decided to take the plunge and sign up for the BACM, shot the film in
Before the shoot, Ms Wong asked the actors to “do what they want” in front of the camera. As the film unfolds, on 12 split screens, the action is punctuated with comments from interviews with men and women in
“I’ve watched many so-called experimental films by students, which are often quasi-narrative videos with no stories,” said Dr Louisa Wei Shiyu, Assistant Professor in the SCM and Ms Wong’s supervisor.
“This piece, however, not only experiments with an interesting idea, but also presents the idea with a meaningful form that multi
Ms Wong said her film was more experimental than other films at the festival in
She said she was overwhelmed when she heard that she had won the Special Jury Award. “The standard of the work of the contestants in
Meanwhile, three SCM graduates showcased their work at the recent Berlin Asia-Pacific Film Festival. Pocket Money by MFA graduate Ms Connie Chan Man-yee investigates how children in
A jury member in
Two other BACM graduates also left their mark at the
“I watched nearly all the films at the graduation show this year and I was really impressed by the qua
“These three works screened at the
In addition to Dr Wei, other SCM staff who acted as advisors on these productions includes Dr Steve Fore, Associate Professor; Mr Patrick Tam, Assistant Professor; and Ms Ellen Yuen, Instructor.