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Hub of Asia

Continuing its partnership with the Busan Asian Film School, BISFF will introduce short films made by some of the new batch of Fellows, active producers and directors from different Asian countries who will take part in a project-development and networking residency course from March till October 2021. 

 

For its second edition, the “AFiS Special” program consists of seven films, a healthy mix of genres, durations and origins making for a dynamic and varied tour of Asia.​

AFiS Special This program's film rating is for ages 15 and older
Men Without Women Looking for BananaFish, Girl Without Cat Telling Her Story

Thim Kian Cheng

Malaysia, Japan2016Fiction19'30"DCPB&W, Color12

Japanese, Thai, Korean, Cantonese, Mandarin: this country-hopping, multilingual short film populated by lovelorn and erring characters alternates between different languages, places and moods in a series of interconnected quests and soliloquies on love, (re)discovery of self, and search for higher meanings. It also encapsulates the pan-Asian nature of this program as a whole, as well as the mandate of the Busan Asian Film School.
Jeweler’s Journey

Matt Moroz

Myanmar2017Documentary3'09"DCPColorG

The optimistic portrait of a goldsmith who, by maintaining his craft alive, also ensures that Myanmar tradition of floral balls endures. This film advocates for the highly personal value of handmade creations, shown as a process taking the time it demands as much as it reveals the emotional bond between a creation and its creator. It also reminds of what artisanal work owes to the locale in which it thrives and finds its inspiration, and vice versa.​​​
The Shoes of a Little Girl

Kedar Shrestha

Nepal2019Fiction12'58"DCPColorG

A little girl with an amusing shoe-inverting problem must find her own, playful solution to recognize her left from her right. This irresistible short film highlights daily life in a Nepalese mountain village while subtly hinting at more social and economical aspects such as the education of children and tourism as a money-earning necessity.​​​
Elsa

Jen Nee Lim

Singapore2019Documentary8'17"DCPColor12

Made within the director’s own household, this gender-themed documentary presents a clever twist on children’s physical appearance, on boy-or-girl ambiguity, and on letting them express themselves against type. It is as charming and relevant as it shows good and modern parenting, while contrasting the child’s innocent and playful imaginary against social norms and prejudice.​
As I Lay Dying

Le Quynh Anh

Vietnam2017Fiction18'53"DCPColor15

This film is both: a moving portrait of a woman, a karmic exploration of trauma and guilt, the visualization of a fractured psyche through oneiric images, and a meta-narrative tale of moviemaking — all weaved together in a complex cross-editing structure.  
Buzzkill

Cardin Phua

Malaysia2015Fiction3'DCPColor12

Annoyance often comes at the most inopportune of times, and can lend one to consider a variety of murderous solutions. Writing more would spoil that witty and energetic film! 
Chudala

Maaria Sayed

India2017Fiction14'19"DCPColor15

Past, present and genders are intertwined in this short film on patriarchy, the weight of traditions, what’s expected of women and the length one goes to in order to find emancipation and hopefully, solace. A dusty sitar and a suffocating fish are but two of the striking images in this admirable story centered on the confrontations between an overbearing father, his caring but questioning daughter, and her gender-swapped identity.