Nicole Chan (centre) wins the Best Director Award in the Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival.


陳樂怡(中)在鮮浪潮國際短片節勇奪學生組最佳導演獎

Date: 20 Apr 2017 (Thursday)

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Academy of Film graduate wins Best Director Award in Fresh Wave Short Film Festival

電影學院畢業生勇奪鮮浪潮最佳導演獎

Nicole Chan, who graduated in 2016 from Academy of Film (AF) of the School of Communication with a Higher Diploma in Creative Film Production, won the Best Director Award in the Student Division of the 11th Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival.
 
Hello, the award-winning short film, is a 20-minute story about the rhythm of connection and disconnection between an unemployed homeless construction worker and a schoolgirl failing her courses. Nicole said she developed the idea for the film from her friend’s experience of visiting the homeless, “My friend thinks that some widely accepted practices, such as donating clothes or food to social services organisations, cannot help those living on the streets, therefore he visits them in person. However, he re-thought his actions after he received unwanted attention.” 
 
Nicole said she lacked confidence, so once she learnt that her creation entered the second round of the competition, she felt guilty and thought the standard expected for the award was beyond her abilities. Moreover, with limited resources, she was under a great deal of pressure during the production of the short film. “The host of the competition provided me with HK$70,000 to produce the film. Even though I tried my best to cut production costs, such as renting venues in student capacity, I still ran into financial straits. Due to the guidelines, AF could not provide me with filming equipment. Luckily, the production of the short film could finally be finished because of understanding and co-operation among filming crew members, sufficient preparation, such as re-arranging filming schedule, as well as good communication with actors. ”  
 
Panel members commended the film, calling it “original and novel” , which boosted Nicole’s confidence. She said she will devote her efforts to preparing her next creation. She hopes she can win in the First Feature Film Initiative so that she can film a real movie and advance the film industry with her passion and determination. 
 
The Fresh Wave Short Film Festival is organised by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. In addition to promoting local short films, the Festival aims to discover and nurture young film talents in Hong Kong by providing a screening platform for their productions and hands-on learning to enhance the quality of their works.

傳理學院電影學院創意電影製作高級文憑2016年畢業生陳樂怡在第11屆鮮浪潮國際短片節勇奪學生組最佳導演獎。
 
樂怡得獎作品為《喝一杯吧》,20分鐘的故事講述一位無家可歸的失業建築工人和學業成績不理想的女孩之間的共鳴和隔閡。她表示,內容是以朋友探訪露宿者的經歷轉化而成,「他認為捐衣服、食物予社福機構等一般方法,無法真正幫助露宿者;所以便身體力行,親自身探望露宿者;但其後發現他人投下的目光並不友善,讓他再三反思自己的舉措。」
 
她坦言自信心不足,當進入比賽的第二階段時,經已「於心有愧」,更覺「力有不逮」,再加上資源緊絀,因此拍攝短片過程中承受一定壓力。「主辦單位提供7萬元經費,即使盡量節省,例如用學生身份租用場地,也實在足襟見肘。基於指引限制,學院無法借出器材,幸好拍攝隊員的合作及體諒,自己又作更完善的準備,包括整理拍攝次序、與演員加強溝通等,終於可以完成短片的製作。」
 
評審認為得獎作品角度新穎,樂怡對創作信心大增;並會積極籌備下一部作品,希望可以參加「首部劇情電影計劃」,拍攝真正的電影,並以自己對電影的熱誠及執著,推動業界發展。
 
「鮮浪潮」短片節由香港藝術發展局舉辦,致力推動本地電影創作,發掘及培養具潛質的年青電影創作人才,為他們提供創作及展示作品的平台,並通過培訓學習實際技能及提昇作品質素 。