By: Tsao Yu-fan and Romulo Huang
Los Angeles, April 29 (CNA) Taiwanese director Joseph Chen-chieh Hsu’s (許承傑) latest short
“The Lobster Kid” (龍蝦小孩) won the Golden Reel Award at the just-concluded Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF), the highest honor granted at the festival for a short film.
A total of 106 short films from the Asia-Pacific region were screened at the annual festival held in Los Angeles April 21-28, while 34 features were selected for the week-long event.
The synopsis of the award-winning short is that a 13-year-old orphan girl named Siang works for a gang as a street vendor. Her dream is to move to pursue a better life. When she attempts to secretly board a train to Taitung, her boss throws away her train ticket. When Siang meets a street monk, who begs for alms on the streets, she becomes intrigued by his silent kindness. To fulfill her duties as a street vendor, Siang joins the monk traveling door to door in a fun and unexpected journey.
“The Lobster Kid” had its world premiere at the Oscar-qualifying Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2015 at the Asia International competition. It has been invited to more than 15 festivals, including winning the best Asian short film in Dallas and Best Air Canada short in the Canada Reelasian Film Festival. [FULL STORY]