Taiwan filmmaker wins best director at London Filmmaker Festival

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A photo of the film Fight (少年小鬼我在路上)/photo courtesy of David Lim (林宗儒)

A photo of the film Fight (少年小鬼我在路上)/photo courtesy of David Lim (林宗儒)

Taipei, Feb. 22 (CNA) Taiwan movie director David Lim (林宗儒) won best director of a short foreign language film for the movie "Fight" at the 2018 London International Filmmaker Festival held Feb. 10-17.

A total of 14 directors from various countries were nominated in the category which Lim won for his direction of a movie with no dialogue.

The 15-minute film tells the story of a child seeking revenge after a fight and chronicles the obstacles he faces with near childlike imagery, according to the London 2018 edition of Film: The Magazine.

Silent films come off a little experimental by nature and it is not easy for them to win an award in the drama genre, Lim said.

The wonderful music score and the touching performance were integrated in the best possible way by the director, said the judges, adding that Lim received the award for bringing such a commendable artistic work to life.

"Original ideas are pretty straight forward; I wanted to make a simple movie without language gaps, like reading a picture book in childhood," Lim said.

This is "a picture book for grown-ups," Lim said, adding that he was very gratified and proud to win the award and engage in exchanges with people from all over the world with his movie.

Although the film only took four days to shoot, production took more than 18 months, he said, adding that if the musical score was not good enough there was a concern the whole project would come across as a music video.

Lim was also nominated for best original screenplay of a short foreign language film while the movie's lead actor Shih Ming-shuai (施名帥) was nominated for best lead actor in a foreign language film.

David Lim (林宗儒, left) and Shih Ming-shuai (施名帥)

Shih was touted for his ability to convey the mood of the character to the audience without dialogue.

The age and mental state of the character in the film is very different to him personally and there were also fight scenes which made the role especially challenging, Shih said.

He said he was honored to receive a nomination for best actor.

The 2018 London International Filmmaker Festival was held Feb. 10-17 at the Crowne Plaza London Docklands and provides networking events, professional talk panels and workshops for both emerging artists and experienced creators to attend.

(By Tai Ya-chen and William Yen)
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