Non-Fiction shorts Competition


Fishes, Swimmers, Boats

Saturday, Nov. 18. 3:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Dimitry Geller&Andrey Koulev/China&Russia&Bulgaria/10mins/us premiere

This film draw lessons from the painting styles of a master of Chinese traditional painting, Qi Baishi, incorporating traditional Chinese folk paper-cutting, shadow play and other artistic elements. It also integrates the French writer Paul éluard’s poem about fish. The poetic is an animation narrative with a novel method of expression.

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Fish tank

Sunday, Nov. 19. 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

haoge liu/China/6mins/la premiere

Fish Tank has adopted a structure of multiple narratives, combining non-narrative and conscious images. The fictional, fragmental images, and video clips have in fact been assembled and linked up with various ideologies and stories, creating a "breathing" effect. With daily objects and shifts in graphic consciousness, this work displays various themes: the constraints on people and objects; how unaware people are of being constrained in space like fish in fish tanks; and their understanding of their multi-dimensional space and time in a fish tank. Like time and space, everyone has to circle back from beginning to the end - just like a Mobius strip.

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ice monster

Saturday, Nov. 18. 8:20 am - 10:10 am

yang wang&qiong wu

China&japan/22mins/North America premiere

“Elephant in the room” is an English-language metaphorical idiom for an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss or challenge. This work depicts three unfinished journeys that took place at three locations and three different periods of time and space. This work delineates a foreign journey of two young people, a universe-migration of an astronaut, and the inner vision of a Burma immigrant. This film represents the situation and choices of people in different situations with five narrative paragraphs. Tourists run into 'invisible elephants' one by one during their trip.


night spinning

Friday, Nov. 17. 8:15 pm - 10:15 pm

yi luo/germany/5mins/us premiere

Eva has a crush on her good friend Jack. But an encounter with him at his favorite bar destroys her hopes: Jack meets another woman there. Before she goes back home, she sees two shadows in the distance kissing. After that, she is haunted by the picture. Something very strange grows in her, distorts her reality and perception and drives her crazy.




Friday, Nov. 17. 10:30 pm - 12:45 am

kuo hsin-ying/taiwan/36mins/us premiere

How does it physically matter when we talk about sex and sexuality? Chiku, a transwoman and Wei, a lesbian, got “ legally” married in Taiwan on December, 2012. The documentary shows the subtle moments of their daily marriage life, through which the imagined voyeuristic spectacle is turned into everyday tactics. The main idea is to highlight the gender fluidity that cannot be fixed onto heterosexual framework and to, radically, ask for a reconsideration of the entire system of gender norms.


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the day before chinese new year

Sunday, Nov. 19. 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

canzhao lam/China/23mins/la premiere

The day before Chinese New Year, Mr. Monkey chopped the wood, lit-up the fire, cooked the food as if nothing was gonna happen; Eventually, nothing ever happened.



the summer at ten

Sunday, Nov. 19. 12:20 pm - 2:35 pm

hao chen/China/22mins/North America premiere

It is a special year for Zhang Shuhao and QianHao who come from the Dongbei Zhaung acrobatic art school in Henan province at their age of ten. This summer, they are training hard for their upcoming career. This film focuses on the two children who are trained on acrobatics from the Dongbei Zhaung acrobatic art school in He Nan province and tells the stories when they facing the study,life and future.


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under the same sky

Friday, Nov. 17. 8:15 pm - 10:15 pm

yoyo li/us/15mins

In 2014, the Chinese government started a new national campaign on equal elementary education, but at the same time strengthened residential registration system to segregate the rural and urban areas. On the one hand, I’m curious how the policies carry through when they conflicts with each other. On the other hand, the elementary education in China puts young children under unbearable pressure, which is what I’ve been through and suffered from. I want to review the education I got in China as an adult to find out what influence it has done to me and is still doing to children with different background.