Taiwan〡2020〡Ani〡Color〡20 min〡Taiwanese, Mandarin
✧ 2022 Sundance Film Festival – Best Animated Short Film
✧ 2021 Animafest Zagreb – Best Animated Short Film
✧ 2020 Golden Horse Awards – Best Animated Short Film
Late at night, a commuter bus was speeding along the coastal highway. Suddenly, a loud scream pierced the silence. A lady had woken to find her precious necklace stolen. What follows was a series of intriguing events, chaotic mob justice, and vengeful lynching, as the truth behind the theft unfolds.
An independent Taiwan animation director whose works often explore the dark side of human nature and are filled with horror and suspense. His films have captured attention in many international film festivals. MEAT DAYS (2006) was nominated in the Busan International and Hiroshima Animation Film Festivals. THE PRESENT (2014) was nominated for the Sundance Film Festival and was awarded Best Animated Short Film at the San Diego Asian Film Festival. He collaborated in the production of No. 7 Cherry Lane NO. 7 CHERRY LANE (2019) which won Best Screenplay at the Venice International Film Festival. NIGHT BUS (2020) was awarded Best Animated Short Film at Sundance Film Festival, Grand Prix Best Short Film at Animafest Zagreb, received Public Prize at Ottawa International Animation Film Festival and was nominated for Best Short Subject at the Annie Awards.
11.12 ㊅ 18:00〡台南新光影城 4 廳〡★ Q&A session with the Director
After finishing the previous two animations, I found that the hardest thing to overcome is the dramatic tension of the interaction between the characters, so in "Night Bus", I wanted to challenge the expression of scenes which contains multiple characters. With a secret inside of each character, this work now possesses horror, thrillers and elements of suspense as well. The core of this film is “awakening”. A weak individual wakes up at a certain moment, full of power to find the way out.