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20 Short Films you shouldn’t miss at the 21st Kaohsiung Film Festival (Part 1)

These are twenty short films you shouldn’t miss a the 21st Kaohsiung Film Festival which will take place online and in cinemas from October 15th – 31st, 2021 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

To see the second part of this article go HERE

– Recommended Films –

A Trip to There by Ngai Tsz-Kwan – Hong Kong | 2021 – 20 minutes
Section: International Competition

A Trip to There is an experimental video essay from my documentation of my younger days. I rearrange my materials along the timeline and transform the past and unchangeable events into dialogues with new contexts, creating a journey that penetrates spatial and temporal boundaries (Kaohsiung 2021).

Screening Dates:
October 21st, 2021 | Thursday | Kaohsiung Film Archive 3F | 17:30 pm
October 28th, 2021 | Thursday | Kaohsiung Film Archive 3F | 15:00 pm
Available Online from October 15th – 31st, 2021

Trailer:

Butterflies by Albert Ventura Roldán – Taiwan | 2020 – 43 minutes
Section: Taiwan Trans-border

Being chased by the authorities, Yu has to seek Lien’s help. But Lien’s ability to create drugs and her fascinating personality bring Yu into a world of fantasy where it’s hard to distinguish what’s real and what’s not (Kaohsiung 2021).

Screening Dates:
October 22nd, 2021 | Friday | Kaohsiung Film Archive 3F | 18:30 pm
October 28th, 2021 | Thursday | Kaohsiung Film Archive 3F | 17:00 pm
Available Online from October 22nd – 31st, 2021

Trailer:

Can you hear me? by li Nien-Hsiu – Taiwan | 2021 – 25 minutes
Section: Kaohsiung Focus – Kaohsiung Shorts

Jhong wakes up and finds himself dead. He watches his remaining family members dealing with his death while they speak their thoughts over breakfast. Although his wife can’t hear what he has to say, she comprehends what’s on his mind (Kaohsiung 2021).

Screening Dates:
October 23rd, 2021 | Saturday | Kaohsiung Main Public Library | 14:00 pm
October 26th, 2021 | Tuesday | Kaohsiung Film Archive 3F | 21:00 pm
October 30th, 2021 | Saturday | Kaohsiung Film Archive 3F | 17:40 pm
Available Online from October 23rd – 31st, 2021

Trailer:

Errand by Lee Young-woong – Korea | 2021 – 16 minutes
Section: International Competition

Younger siblings Joo-hee and Sung-joon go on errands at the request of their mother. But it’s a list of errands that look weird. Will Joo-hee and Sung-joon be able to finish their errands successfully? (Kaohsiung 2021)

Screening Dates:
October 16th, 2021 | Saturday | Kaohsiung Film Archive 3F | 11:00 pm
October 19th, 2021 | Tuesday | Kaohsiung Film Archive 3F | 16:20 pm
Available Online from October 15th – 31st, 2021

Trailer:

Georgia by Jayil Pak – US, Korea, Canada | 2020 – 25 minutes
Section: International Competition

Based on a true story. When the police refuse to investigate their daughter’s alleged suicide, two computer-illiterate parents decide to design a protest banner (Kaohsiung 2021).

Screening Dates:
October 21st, 2021 | Thursday | Kaohsiung Film Archive 3F | 15:20 pm
October 25th, 2021 | Monday | Kaohsiung Film Archive 3F | 20:30 pm
Available Online from October 15th – 31st, 2021

Trailer:

Girl in the water by Huang Shi-Rou – Taiwan | 2021 – 7 minutes
Section: International Competition – Taiwan Section

Contemplating the torn walls and scars, the heroine thinks of the ups and downs of love. Girl in the Water, a hand-drawn animation based on personal experiences, depicts femininity and female internal time-consciousness through the healing of a woman’ s broken heart (Kaohsiung 2021).

Screening Dates:
October 19th, 2021 | Tuesday | Kaohsiung Film Archive 3F | 14:00 pm
October 25th, 2021 | Monday | Kaohsiung Film Archive 3F | 18:00 pm
Available Online from October 15th – 31st, 2021

Trailer:

Invisible Children by Liu Chun-Yu – Taiwan | 2021 – 9 minutes
Section: International Competition – Taiwan Section

Aya has lived a lonely life without an official identity because her mother is an illegal migrant worker. When Aya becomes ill, she meets two playmates in the hospital and discovers they are also Invisible Children, incapable of growing up … (Kaohsiung 2021)

Screening Dates:
October 24th, 2021 | Sunday | Kaohsiung Film Archive 3F | 13:30 pm
October 28th, 2021 | Thursday | Kaohsiung Film Archive 3F | 13:00 pm
Available Online from October 15th – 31st, 2021

Trailer:

Last Meal by Arrow Peng – Taiwan | 2021 – 25 minutes
Section: International Competition

Chou is a bit of an asshole. His habits include squatting, hanging out on the street, and teasing his old pal Deng. In his eyes, this is his world. One day, he finds out there are still some tragedies that he cannot handle (Kaohsiung 2021).

Screening Dates:
October 24th, 2021 | Sunday | Kaohsiung Film Archive 3F | 13:30 pm
October 28th, 2021 | Thursday | Kaohsiung Film Archive 3F | 13:00 pm
Available Online from October 15th – 31st, 2021

Trailer:

March: The Southern South by Li Shang-Chiao – Taiwan | 2021 – 20 minutes
Section: Kaohsiung Focus – Kaohsiung Shorts

The elderly photographer, Chie, told a childhood story about her sister Iòng-Hâ and the sister’s admiration Kong-Suī, in a time when Taiwan’s cultural and linguistic identity have undergone dramatic changes after the Pacific war (Kaohsiung 2021).

Screening Dates:
October 23rd, 2021 | Saturday | Kaohsiung Main Public LIbrary | 16:30 pm
October 27th, 2021 | Wednesday | Kaohsiung Film Archive 3F | 21:20 pm
October 30th, 2021 | Saturday | Kaohsiung Film Archive 3F | 19:20 pm
Available Online from October 23rd – 31st, 2021

Trailer:

Ms Lin: The Retouching Lady by Lin Shih-Chun – Taiwan | 2020 – 25 minutes
Section: International Competition – Taiwan Section

Mrs. Lin has thousands of photos of herself and has photoshopped herself since half a century ago. She is Lien Lin, the Retoucher. This film is about her life as a female crafter as well as the vanishing art of retouching (Kaohsiung 2021).

Screening Dates:
October 19th, 2021 | Tuesday | Kaohsiung Film Archive 3F | 14:00 pm
October 25th, 2021 | Monday | Kaohsiung Film Archive 3F | 18:00 pm
Available Online from October 15th – 31st, 2021

Trailer:

To see the second part of this article go HERE

For more information about the festival please go to: https://www.kff.tw/EN

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