2019 Asia Pacific Queer Films // HRFF + APQFFA


#HRFF30 APQFFA SHORTS SHOWCASE AND SPOTLIGHT FILM

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Frustrated at seeing Asians being portrayed as side characters or villains – stereotypes lacking depth – and never as lead characters?  Discouraged by seeing yourself in a certain way because of how film and television represent Asians? Sick of the lack of Asian American representations in media period? According to UCLA’s 2018 Hollywood Diversity Report, Asian Americans made up 3.1 percent of lead film roles, 5.5 percent of television scripted roles and 2.6 percent of cable scripted roles. These numbers are staggeringly low considering that Asian Americans make up 5.5 percent of the US population.

 

HRFF30’s Second Asia Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance (APQFFA) Shorts Showcase and APQFFA Spotlight Film set out to change all that by giving you a program replete with queer Asian role models – complex main characters who simply refuse to fit the mold.

 

HRFF30 is proud to partner again this year with APQFFA sister festivals Taiwan International Queer Film Festival, Rainbow Reel Tokyo, Shanghai Pride Film Festival and with new sister festivals Queer Screen Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival, AKS Minorities Festival (Pakistan,) and Seoul Pride Film Festival.

 

Founded in 2015 in Taipei, APQFFA is a collective of 17 regional festivals with a shared love of queer cinema that aims to support and promote films and filmmakers across the region and pushes for greater visibility for Asia Pacific queer cinema.


APQFFA SPOTLIGHT FILM

HOUSE OF THE HUMMINGBIRD (BEOL-SAE)

KOREA // 2018. 138 MINS // DIRECTED BY KIM BO-RA
Generation 14plus International Jury Grand Prix for Best Film, 2019 Berlin International Film Festival
[Korean with English subtitles.]

FRIDAY AUGUST 09, 715 PM

APQFFA SHORTS SHOWCASE

This program includes a 15 minute intermission.
Q&A with OLD NARCISSUS’ director Tsuyoshi Shoji at the end of the Shorts Showcase screening.

SATURDAY AUGUST 17, 1130 AM

 

DANCES

AUSTRALIA // 2018 // 5 MIN // DIR. RAMON WATKINS
Courtesy of Queer Screen Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival

 

SHARE

USA // 2918 // 13 MINS. // DIR. BARNA SZASZ AND ELLIE WEN

 

OLD NARCISSUS

JAPAN // 2017 // 21 MINS // DIR. TSUYOSHI SHOJI
[Japanese with English Subtitles]
Courtesy of Rainbow Reel Tokyo
Q&A with filmmaker at the end of Shorts Showcase screening.

Tsuyoshi Shoji (Old Narcissus) – Shoji began his filmmaking career when he was a student at Musashino Art University.  His early work, “Lost in the Garden,” screened at the Tokyo International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (now Rainbow Reel Tokyo), won the Special Jury Award in 1995.  Since then, Shoji has directed many works from independent to commercial: he created famous game titles “Kenka Bancho the movie series” (2008-2011) and “The OneeChanbara Vortex” (2009.) He is currently active as a VFX professional.

 

THE OFFENDER

KOREA // 2017 // 20 MINS // DIR. HYUN-IL KIM
[Korean with English Subtitles]
Courtesy of Seoul Pride Film Festival

 

BLOSSOM

TAIWAN // 2017 // 25 MINS // DIR. HAN LIN
[Mandarin with English Subtitles]
Courtesy of Taiwan International Queer Film Festival

 

RANI

PAKISTAN // 2018 // 14 MINS // DIR. HAMMAD RIZVI
“Ursula/Genderbender” for Best Short Film, 2018 Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg
[Urdu with English Subtitles]
Courtesy of AKS Minorities Festival

 

ASTRI & TAMBULAH (SI ASTRI MAKA SI TAMBULAH)

PHILLIPPINES // 2017 // 18 MINS // DIR. XEPH SUAREZ
[Filipino and Tagalog with English Subtitles]
Courtesy of Queer Screen Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival

 

BO & MEI

UK // 2018 // 15 MINS // DIR. CAMILLE LIU NOCK
[English and Mandarin with English Subtitles]
Courtesy of Shanghai Pride Film Festival

 

KADO (A GIFT)

INDONESIA // 2018 // 15 MINS // DIR. ADITYA AHMAD
Orizzonti Best Short Film, 2018 Venice International Film Festival; Shorts Program 2, 2019 Sundance Film Festival
[Indonesian with English Subtitles]

 

DELIVERY BOY

HONG KONG // 2019 // 16 MINS // DIR. HUGO KENZO
[English and Cantonese with English Subtitles]
Courtesy of Queer Screen Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival