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SELFISH
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SELFISH
 
Queens Premiere

Director: Po Chien Chen

Taiwan/Canada, 2019, 2min
Format: Digital
Festival Year: 2020
Category: Animation
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Crew:  Producers: - Screenwriters: Chen, Po Chien - Music: Yong Eun Kim - Sound Design: WinSound Studio - Foley: Lin, Hsiao Chin, Lin, Szu Yu - Dubbing Mixer: Lin, Hsiao Chin
Email:  chenpo1030gmail.com
web:  www.artstation.com/artwork/A96Ykq

synopsis
In an izakaya, a chef notices a group of special guests. He decides to serve them a variety of signature dishes.

director
With traditional painting experience over 15 years, Po Chien Chen is a computer animation artist making animated films with focus on our environment and human goodness. Po Chien is currently studying Digital Creature Animation at Sheridan College in Canada, focusing on surfacing, lighting and rigging. Po Chienís recent film, Selfish (2019), which talks about the marine debris issue, has been exhibited around the world and selected in several film festivals, such as Siggraph Asia 2019, London International Film Festival (LIAF), Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF), Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF), Film Miami Fest, International Short Film Festival in Drama (Greece), Taiwan International Student Design Competition and Oakville Film Festival.


filmmaker's note
Two years ago, an experience on a small island in Taiwan changed my life. It was the closest I'd lived to the sea, being only a 10 minute drive away. Everyone can enjoy the beach with its white sand and turquoise ocean. At the time, I went snorkeling almost every week. Seeing such alluring tropical fish and coral reefs still lingers in my mind. However, I also cannot forget the scenes of tons of human waste lying around the shore as if it was a part of nature. It makes me introspect: the ocean brings me happiness that I have never had in my life, but what I can contribute to our environment? The film is about now human beings are consuming delicious seafood, but sea animals are suffering from the trash we make -- not only do we eat them but also make their living environment poisonous and miserable. As a person who grew up in a big city, this is common sense to me: under no circumstances would I change my lifestyle, or directly pay more attention and concern to the environment, if I hadn't witnessed the despicable garbage in person. In my opinion, it is necessary yet impossible for everyone to go see the pollution in the ocean; however, people love watching films, and films are an efficient way to express issues, and evoke people's goodness. Nowadays, our planet is suffering from the waste we've made. Countless animals ingest plastic pieces; the garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean, which may contain heavy metal and chemical components, is already three times the size of France. Moreover, the karma is here -- research has found microplastics in our daily seafood, human body and stool. Nobody wants it, but only our actions can make a difference.

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