/ March 19 & 20, 2016

Recognizing the important role that shorts have in cinema, storytelling, and culture, Sundance Institute and The Metroplex jointly present the 2016 Sundance Film Festival : Hong Kong Short Film Master Class to help empower the next generation of artists. This half-day seminar focuses on narrative short-form storytelling, offering first-hand insight and access into the world of story development, writing, production, working with cast and crew, what to do with your short once it is complete, and how to get the most out of making a short film. Participants will also learn how the Sundance Film Festival finds short films, and filmmakers will share their experiences in making shorts.

The Master Class speakers include:
Mike Plante
Senior Short Film Programmer, Sundance Film Festival
David Zellner
U.S. independent filmmaker, Director of Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
Adam Wong
Hong Kong independent filmmaker; Director of She Remembers, He Forgets
Mike Plante

Mike Plante is a Senior Programmer of Short Films for the Sundance Film Festival. He runs the Short Film Department year-round, overseeing 10 programmers as they go through 8,700 short film submissions over six months each year. He also coordinates the Shorts Lab program and the Shorts Tour, which screens the Award-Winning shorts from Sundance to theaters in over 60 cities around the world. Plante started working for film festivals in 1993 and has been at Sundance since 2001. He also publishes the magazine Cinemad, which started in 1998 as a print zine and continues as a podcast and blog today. As a filmmaker he has made many shorts and produced three feature documentaries, Scrap Vessel (2009), Be Like An Ant (2012) and Giuseppe Makes A Movie (2014).

David Zellner

David Zellner is a writer, director and actor from Austin, TX. Along with his brother Nathan, The Zellner Brothers have made five feature films and ten shorts playing festivals worldwide. Five of their shorts have played at the Sundance Film Festival and their three most recent features have all premiered there. Goliath, their first feature film, premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was distributed theatrically by IFC Films, followed by KID-THING, a fable-like drama starring Sydney Aguirre and Susan Tyrell, which premiered at Sundance in 2012 and internationally at the 62nd Berlinale. KID-THING received a 2012 Gotham Award nomination and was distributed theatrically around the world and domestically in the US by Factory 25. The Zellners' latest film Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter starring Rinko Kikuchi premiered in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at Sundance 2014 and internationally at the 64th Berlinale. It was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards (Best Actress and Best Director) and was distributed to theaters nationwide by Amplify Releasing in 2015.

Adam Wong

Adam WONG graduated from Ying Wa College in Hong Kong for secondary school. While he was studying fine arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, he spent one year as an exchange student at the University of Iowa in the US, where he made use of the courses and facilities to start producing short films. Several of his shorts were awarded at ifva (Incubator for Film and Visual Media in Asia, formerly known as the Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards), where Glowing (2000) received the Grand Prize, Gold Award and Best Script award. After the tsunami in Japan on 11 March, 2011, WONG co-produced with his team a disaster-relief short film, Friends, which was screened at the Osaka Asian Film Festival on the one-year anniversary of the disaster. In 2012, based on a true story of a barista girl, WONG wrote and directed the short film Secret Taste. WONG also teaches short-filmmaking at the School of Design, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University. His film The Way We Dance was released in the summer of 2013 and became a hit in Hong Kong. It screened in cinemas for 12 weeks and was well received by critics and audiences. The film won the Audience Award at the Fukuoka International Film Festival; Best New Director and Best New Performer with the Hong Kong Directors' Guild; and Best New Director, Best New Performer and Best Original Film Song at the Hong Kong Film Awards. That same year, WONG was invited to be the voice-actor for the protagonist in the Hong Kong release of MIYAZAKI Hayao's animated film, The Wind Rises (2013). His latest feature, She Remembers, He Forgets (2015), was the opening film at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival and was nominated for the Best New Performer at the Taipei Golden Horse Awards.

The 2016 Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong Short Film Master Class will be held at The Metroplex. Participants can choose to enroll in either class on March 19, 2016 or March 20, 2016 with an admission fee of HKD$150 per person.