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HIGHLIGHTS: January 2023 STUDENT Film Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Short Film: THE ESSENCE OF THE RIDGES
Best Performancs: LOST MOTHER
Best Direction: IT WILL NEVER END
Best Sound & Music: BACK TO APIROL

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

BACK TO APIROL, 6min., USA, Fantasy


Directed by Luoxi Liu
A lonely woman digs her head into her lover’s jean jacket and has an intensive experience in her imagination.
luoxiapril@gmail.com

https://www.instagram.com/april_llx/

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


LOST MOTHER, 5min., China, Drama


Directed by Zelong Liu
Lost Mother tells a story about “love,” “lost,” and “healing.” I always want to make a maternal love theme film. The inspiration comes from a joke I used to play with my mom when I was a kid that I was dead, and what she saw was her illusion. Every time I said this, my mom would be furious and bet me, but I did not quite get the valid reason at that time. Growing up, I understood that talking about death is taboo in Chinese culture, especially among children’s mouths. Even if actual death happens, people often will tell white lies in the name of love and protection. Adults always self-absorbedly consider children for not understanding anything. On the contrary, they do know everything. However, I believe children should have the right to see the truth and make their own decisions because it is the most critical lesson in growing up.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


IT WILL NEVER END, 39min., Hungary, Drama


Directed by Barbara Somossy
A romantic drama in the Hungarian plain in the 19th century. A great love between the bandit and the poor girl, however the jealousy of Kitty the tavern keeper can destroy everything.

https://www.instagram.com/barbisomossy/

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


THE ESSENCE OF THE RIDGES, 3min., USA, Experimental


Directed by Austin Kim
This film shows what we should be fighting to keep, rather than change. It shows the beauty of winter and issues of climate change through skiing.

https://www.austinsyn.kim/

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


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