For Baisheng Township, Napo County, on the Sino-Vietnamese border, the long border has become the political concept of the country between the two peoples, but for the border residents on both sides, the political demarcation extended by this geographical border lies in their emotions. It does not exist. The two sides of the boundary have the same ethnic origin and the same text. Politics is blurred, but life is clear.
Tell the story of Lu Tingmin's family from three aspects: "others", "self" and "everyone". Due to the control of the new crown epidemic, Vietnamese woman Lu Tingmin has not gone home to visit relatives for two years. Through the main line of "Chinese New Year", the embarrassment of the Chinese and Vietnamese border people is presented in a small way. It is not difficult to show the history of the great power and the relatives of the people. Micro facts.
In terms of "others", Lu Tingmin's husband helped others to kill pigs, Lu Tingmin helped the blind elderly to feed, others helped Lu Tingmin's family fight injustices, and Lu Tingmin's family's views on others, especially political workers... surrounded by others, the family Orderly, unmoved, this is strong and strong, which offsets the difficulties and weaknesses caused by others.
My name is Xiao Hu. I used to be a civil servant in Mainland China. I taught for three years in Xiahua Village, Baisheng Township, Napo County, Napo County, on the Sino-Vietnamese border. Now I am an independent documentary and documentary photographer. I have been following the changes and development of the Sino-Vietnamese border for a long time.
I hope that more forces will pay attention to the children on the border between China and Vietnam. They are marginalized and disadvantaged groups. To pay attention to them is to pay attention to the future.
This is Xiao Hu's second official selection to Animalis Fabula Film Festival.
AniFab judge's aggregate score for Flow Over is 7.1 with one note left in the judge's comment section stating, "important story. Animals are used in this film to show normal daily family lives in this region of the world. This is how people live. The main story is the most important, watch what happens to these families brought together at the boarder and then torn apart by political will. See how fragile individual lives and families are in comparison to a powerful Government. Yet so very universally human and not so fragile as we might think. Simply Powerful."
Once upon a time, there was a little girl who fell in love with a beautiful horse named Aurora...
Expressively animated in a naive drawing-style that evokes children’s drawings and the texture of storybook illustrations, Aurora is a bittersweet story about love, friendship, and growing up.
Jo is an award-winning Dutch/Canadian/Chinese/West Indian filmmaker from Canada. She holds an MFA in Film, Television, and Digital Media from University of California, Los Angeles, and a BFA in Animation from Concordia University. An animator by trade, her work can be seen in well over a dozen National Film Board of Canada productions, where she worked for fifteen years as an animator, supervising animator, and lead compositor, and where she also directed two films of her own.
Jo is currently living and working in Las Vegas, building the new animation program at Nevada State College, where she teaches animation, editing, and drawing.
AniFab judge's aggregate score for Aurora is 9.7 with one judge noting, "Thank you, we are so blessed to be able to share Aurora with our audience. I was captivated from the first note. I felt happy, then sad, then happy, then even more happy. In director Jo Meuris's case It is truly a gift for her to so effortlessly pull someone's emotions too and fro with a simple animated story about a girl and her horse friends. I was crying in joy in 4 minutes flat, We are looking forward to sharing Aurora, what a treat everyone is going to get!
Cat rescue volunteer Mirna Kirin goes to the island of Mljet in an effort to trap as many of the local cats to castrate them in only few days. Her Don Quixotesque struggle intensifies, both with the cats and the islanders, as they often refuse to collaborate causing her to break.
AniFab judge's aggregate score for Catstream is 7.7 out of 10 with one judges writing, "At first I wasn't sure what I was seeing with the animal carrier in the river following the opening cat fornication scene. It really caught my attention and made me want to know what was going on. So many scenes we are familiar with as we've followed many rescuers and animal welfare advocates into the field. We are always so interested in seeing what is happening in all regions around the world. It is impossible not to become too frustrated right along with our protagonist."
Deeply affected by an accident that took her parents' lives, 16-year-old Manon has a grudge against the whole world, but an unexpected encounter is going to change her life
Interested in all forms of arts, Alexandre Mexis is a French-Greek author of poems, plays, short-stories and short-films, a visual artist and a literature teacher. He is also a member of the PEN Club International, fighting for freedom of speech.
MUSTANG.S was born, in the summer of 2019, of my desire to write a short-story that gradually changed into images as the words went along. A story that mixes two worlds that are part of mine and sometimes meet, that of horses that have always fascinated me and that of teenagers to whom I like to pass on.
At the beginning of the adventure, it was even the world of disabled children that interested me but for reasons of feasibility first, then because I wanted everyone to be able to identify more easily with my story, I chose a more common character, someone who could look like all of us and who is going through an ordeal that we could all, unfortunately, live one day.
This short-film was also born from the desire or the need to film myself one of my stories after having written scripts for others: Partir (Leaving) for Tony Mastropietro, Un été en provence (A Summer in Provence) for Lionel Kabac, and after having watched many short-films as one of the organizers of the festivals of Fréjus (France) and Elounda (Greece).
I thought that the time had come to cross this solid imaginary line that separates not only the viewer but also the critic, the programmer and even the judge, from the one who creates and takes all the risks. What’s more, once the decision was made to take this step, this desire then blended with the feeling of freedom that inspires the title MUSTANG.S and what these horses represent in our imagination.
It should be noted that filming, initially planned in April several days in a row as is usually done, had to be delayed because of the Covid 19 pandemic. Indeed, it was necessary to start again the technical preparation of the horse because it was not possible to take care of him for a full month, which is a long time when we work with horses, the specific learnings of the film having to be started again almost from zero.
Fortunately, as soon as the lockdown was over, the shooting could be launched but this time over separate days. It was necessary to take into account the sanitary measures to be followed and not to exceed the number of authorized persons at the filming. This is especially the case of the scene shot in high school where we had to give the impression that we had a normal class with fewer students in fact.
Finally, if the period of lockdown allowed me to think more about the organization of the shooting and allowed the actors to prepare better, it was also a moment of waiting, of impatience because we all wanted to meet again to truly enter the story and make it live at last!
AniFab judges aggregate score for Mustang.S is 9.8 out of 10 with one judge sobbing while writing, "I must be careful when I watch certain films to make sure my emotional state is clear and pure. I don't know if I watched Mustang.S with that clarity as I am still weeping. With yet another wave of quiet sobbing. Isn't this what we want films to do, to make us feel? Mustang.S needs to be part of the AniFab annual live festival and benefit screenings for 2021. Wonderful movie, I am still very touched that we get to share it with people who will appreciate it."
AniFab judge's aggregate score for Chocolate is 5.9 out of 10 with one judge commenting, "Chocolate is a perfect metaphor for the transient nature of life some times. I wanted to really like Chocolate, but found myself a little confused with the end shot. However, I think it is so important to create works of fiction - blunt force instrument-equivalent of a cinematic punch in the face with animals. Not using animals - and it is clear these filmmakers are animal lovers, but with animals. Dog is the perfect MacGuffin for this clever action short. I rate Chocolate a POW - right in the kisser!" One last note - Chocolate is for older kids. You wouldn't want your younger kids to get, "POW - right in the kisser" would you?
2021 Monthly Official Best Of Selections
Animalis Fabula Film Festival official monthly selections have the opportunity to compete for monthly attention as well as inclusion in the annual live / virtual film festival in Austin, Texas and end of year fundraising benefit for animal welfare.