Shorties Film Festival is the third annual edition of the Hive Worldwide’s initiative to support emerging filmmakers.
38 finalists have been short-listed, and their short films, picked by a panel of industry professionals, will be screened on a virtual screening platform, Bingewave.
Open calls for short films were held from February to March, with over 220 submissions that tell incredible and unique stories from across Asia Pacific.
At the end of each day, from Nov. 10 to Nov. 14, there will be exclusive Q&As with the filmmakers, and rounded up with a virtual Awards Night on the final day.
The categories and prizes are:
● Best Documentary (US$500 + 6-month Hive Membership)
● Best Fiction Film (US$500 + 6-month Hive Membership)
● Best IG Micro Short Film [maximum 1 minute duration] (US$150)
● Best Film Directing (US$250 + 6-month Hive Membership)
● Best Cinematography (US$250 + 6-month Hive Membership)
● Best Screenplay (US$250 + 6-month Hive Membership)
● Young Filmmaker (18 years or under in age) (US$250 + 6-month Hive Membership)
● Best Environmental with Earth.Org (US$250 + 6-month Hive Membership)
● Public Choice Award (6-month Hive Membership) Shorties Film Festival 2020 is supported by Gold Sponsor Lime Content Studios, a digital content agency that creates world-class B2B and B2C videos for some of the world’s leading brands, and Media Partners Hong Kong Free Press, Coconuts and Hive Life magazine.
Shorties Film Festival Virtual Screening Platform:
Bingewave Date: Nov. 10 to 14. Time: 7:00PM to 9:00PM (GMT +8) every evening Ticket Cost of Season Pass (Full week): US$10 Use code “FLASHSALE” at checkout to get a Season Pass for US$5!
*Sale is only valid from October 30 to November 4
Japan Nov.11 8pm – 10pm the Hive Jinnan: 1-6-5 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo
Taiwan Nov. 13 7pm – 9pm the Hive Taipei: No. 119, Section 1 Chongqing South Road Zhongzheng District
Vietnam Nov. 13 6pm – 8pm the Hive Villa: 29 Nguyễn Bá Lân, Thảo Điền, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City
Thailand Nov. 13 6pm – 8pm the Hive Thonglor: 46/9 Soi Sukhumvit 49 Klong Ton Nuea, Wattana, Bangkok
Each day, different short films from seven countries (Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam) will be screened, ranging in stories, styles, and sentiments.
The full festival schedule is available below:
About the jury:
Alison Thomas (Hong Kong)
Growing up in Hong Kong, Alison Thomas has always been captivated by the art of filmmaking, photography and storytelling. She is the co-founder of Scene 852 Productions, a Hong Kong-based film production company that produces dramas, commercials, music videos, documentaries and promos. Today, Alison has led over 50 projects through Scene852.
Oliver Wolfson (Thailand)
Oliver Wolfson is the founder of a creative agency called Channel Sixty that works around events, creative content, location services, television commercials and visual effects. Other than that, he spends his time running an art event space called Silom 8. Oliver is also known for his role as festival director for The 60 Second Film Festival.
Othello Khanh (Vietnam)
Othello Khanh: Award-winning writer, director and producer, Othello Khanh kicked-off his career in 1984 at leading advertising agencies and film television production houses. After landing in Ho Chi Minh City in 1995, Othello produced and directed the first TV commercials in Vietnam for brands such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Unilever and P&G. He also co-wrote and produced “The Tale of An Phuc House” which went on to be awarded in Vietnam and New York Film festivals. Today, Othello is the managing director at The Creatv Company, the longest established privately held film and television services company in Vietnam
Hayley Surgenor (Australia)
Hayley Surgenor: Melbourne-based producer, Hayley Surgenor, has produced a number of short films both in Australia and Internationally which have collected awards and screened at various film festivals around the world (Melbourne International Film Festival, Tropfest and Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale). A graduate of The Victorian College of the Arts, Hayley has a passion for stories that explore the human condition and important social issues.
Ryan Mennen (Singapore)
Ryan Mennen’s passion lies in the art of storytelling with an emphasis on adventure. A writer for television, theatre and print – Ryan today runs The Fandom Menace, a non-profit organisation dedicated to assisting independent talent navigate the depths of the film industry. Check out more of his work on justsaying.asia and Crimson Star!
Eva Yoe (Hong Kong)
Eva Yoe’s experiences include having her own column at Sing Tao News Corporation Limited at the age of 15 and working as a sports commentator in Hong Kong. Today, the development manager of WildAid, an animal conservation company who works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products. With high-impact media campaigns advocating for wildlife conservation, WildAid’s video, print and online campaigns have measurably increased awareness.