Selection for the Feature Films
We’d gladly announce the official selection for the Feature Films Competition at NEW CHITOSE 2022. From 42 films submitted from 25 countries/regions, 5 Films are selected. The films will be screened in competition programs during the festival and judged by the jury for the Feature Competition.
A true animated film about an invented archipelago. About an imaginary, linguistic, political territory. About a real or dreamed country, or something in between.
Barber Westchester is an up-and-coming astronomer who is trying to ignore everything in their life. When Barber gets an internship at NASA, it gets harder to ignore everything, so they have to learn how to be a person instead.
My Love Affair with Marriage
From an early age, songs and fairytales convince Zelma that Love would solve all her problems as long as she abides by societal expectations of how a girl should act. But as she grows older something doesn’t seem right with this concept of love: the more she tries to conform, the more her body resists. A story of inner-female rebellion. https://www.myloveaffairwithmarriagemovie.com/
Silver Bird and Rainbow Fish
“Our family is special”, says filmmaker Lei Lei’s father Lei Jiaqi. On the audio track of this inventive, poignant animation film he starts to talk about the struggles of his family amid the tumultuous times in the 1960s. When his own father, Lei Ting, is sent to the countryside, he stays behind with his sister and his ill mother. When Mum passes away, as the system forbids Ting to come back to live with his children, the kids are kept in an orphanage. Not long after, history repeated: once again, Ting is sent to a re-education center branded a class traitor. The family is split. They just can write to each other. The daughters are going to university, while Jiaqi and his new mum are sent to the countryside. They all wait for the day to reunite.
The Girl from the Other Side
Once upon a time, in a far, faraway place, there were two lands.
The world was divided into an inner land and an outer land.
People feared the outer land, inhabited by eerie beings, the carriers of curse.
One day, on the border to the inner land inhabited by humans,
one such being finds a girl on heaps of abandoned dead bodies.
The girl says her name is Shiva
and shows affection to the ”being” who found her, calling him ”Teacher.”
This is a story of two people—
one human, one inhuman—
who linger in the hazy twilight
that separates night from day.
Yutaro Kubo, Satomi Maiya