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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

My short films INHALATION and EXHALATION are opening and closing films of InDPanda Short Film Festival

The InDPanda International Short Film Festival in Hong Kong is happening from the 5th to the 25th of August. My short film, INHALATION (last screened at the Guanajuato International Film Festival in Mexico few days ago. You may remember that I wrote a message about the Bersih 2.0 rally to the audiences) will be part of its opening program on the 5th of August.

[INHALATION] Seng (Ernest Chong) confronts Mei (Susan Lee)

INHALATION is originally conceived as a spin-off short film for Woo Ming Jin's THE TIGER FACTORY. It stars Ernest Chong Shun Yuan and Susan Lee Fong Zhi. Cinematography by Kenny Chua, music by Wong Woan Foong. It premiered at the Pusan (now Busan) International Film Festival last October and picked up the Sonje award for Best Asian Short Film. It later played in Vancouver, Tokyo, Jakarta, Cinemanila International Film Festivals last year, and was also at this year's Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and the San Francisco Asian American Film Festival.

My other short film, EXHALATION (last screened at the Curtas Vila du Conde International Film Festival in Portugal) will be part of the closing program on the 25th of August.

[Exhalation] Sayuri (Tomoe Shinohara) contemplates as Naoko (Kiki Sugino) is asleep

Starring Kiki Sugino (also one of the producers) and Tomoe Shinohara, EXHALATION is produced by Maiko Itagaki and Kiki. Cinematography by Shin Hayasaka. Sound by Sota Torigoe. Music, once again, by Wong Woan Foong. It premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival last year, and was also screened at this year's Rotterdam, Jeonju and Shanghai International Film Festivals.

It's not very often that you have a film festival bookended by a pair of your own films, actually, this has never happened to me before, so I'm very honoured.

If you live in Hong Kong, please go to the screenings at Broadway Cinematheque. I will be attending the closing ceremony (on Aug 25) and do a post-screening question and answer session for EXHALATION.

You can download the festival booklet here.