LOG BRIDGE, 12min., Hong Kong, Drama
Directed by Wai In Lam
Two female high school students went to play in the mountains after school, but their apparently close relationship was actually rife with power struggles, and after the illusion of their friendship was shattered, their conflicts eventually surfaced.
Get to know the filmmaker:
1. What motivated you to make this film?
The story stems from a toxic friendship of mine. When I was a teenager, I suffered from eczema and had very low self-esteem. I met a girl who was willing to befriend me, so I became attached to her immediately. However, she enjoyed teasing me and made me feel bad, which created a lot of negativity within myself. Initially, I thought she didn't mean any harm, but when I noticed her treating another girl the same way, I realized it was time to put an end to it. For me, it was a step towards personal growth. I hope any girls who are experiencing anything like this can find a way out as well.
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?
I had the idea in my mind for a long time, but I didn't put it into script until this January. Initially, I edited the first cut in late January. However, due to getting busy with other things, I only managed to finish it several months ago. So, I would say it took me about half a year to complete it.
3. How would you describe your film in two words!?
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
I guess the biggest obstacle was the budget, because the film was self-funded. So to keep the budget tight, I really need to do many things myself.
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
I am glad that the audience can feel the emotions of the main characters.
6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?
I wanted to make films since I was in high school, but at that time, I didn't really think I would be able to pursue it. I ended up studying a completely different subject. It was only when I started working that I realized my strong desire to try filmmaking, regardless of the outcomes.
7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
Secret Sunshine by Lee Chang-dong.
8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?
I believe the festival has already been very helpful by providing audience feedback on my short film. If the festival could also promote the short film on social media, that would be great.
9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?
It has been great so far. I have been able to submit my short film to different festivals in an efficient manner.
10. What is your favorite meal?
Tom Yum Spaghetti
11. What is next for you? A new film?
I have just been shortlisted to receive a subsidy to shoot a short film, so I will be working on that.