Will You Look at Me by Shuli Huang, Persona by Sujin Moon, and Sliver Cave by Caibei Cai were awarded at the DOK Leipzig – International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (Germany) which took place from October 17 – 23, 2022.
International Competition Short Film
Golden Dove Short Documentary Film
The summer after graduation: Own life plans and expectations of the parents’ generation collide. While Shuli films his friends with a Super 8 camera, his mother wants nothing more than for him to get married. She resolutely refuses to speak about the fact that her son loves men and has been living with his boyfriend in Beijing for years. A deafening silence. Idyllic family pictures are overlaid by a long overdue confrontation. – Marie Kloos
Silver Dove Short Documentary and Animated Film
Magic mobile on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? A young woman slips into a second skin. She goes out, drinks bubble tea with her friends. Selfies are made. The mood is cheerful. But once back home, she and her outward skin melt into each other; a self dissolves. Her own reflection becomes a chimera. A surreal body horror animation about beauty ideals and the compulsion to fit in. – Anke Leweke
Mephisto 97.6 Award – Best Short Animated Film
Bizarre animations of strange beauty on a metal plate, set to Free Jazz. Light reflexes. Lines and circles that take on human or insect form, merge and dissolve. Sometimes a voice from offscreen gives directions, demands a new plate. Then everything starts again – but differently. The realization dawns slowly: This is an expedition to an underworld that generates silently communicating ghost lights. – Anke Leweke