The 14th International Student Film and Video Festival (ISFVF) was held at the Beijing Film Academy in October. South African short film “Elf” was nominated in the category of Fiction and screened during the festival. “Elf” is directed by Amy Van Houten from the University of the Witwatersrand, which has won the Wits Tele Awards in 2014.
The short film tells the story of Elf who is an android in Johannesburg. Although her origins are unclear, Elf is determined to feel and capture photographs of the world around her with her eyes. She later creates a collage of these and other images she collects on a wall in an abandoned apartment in Braamfontein. However, she discovers that simply taking pictures is not enough to prompt emotion, and eventually resorts to shocking herself.
Ms Christine Rossi, Political Counsellor at the South African Embassy in Beijing attended the opening ceremony where she met Ms Amy van Houten. Representative filmmakers from all over the world gather during the ISFVF for a week-lomg program and forum format the BFA.
The ISFVF festival is held once year and officially listed in the academy’s teaching schedule. Selected films are screened at the BFA and student filmmakers are introduced to the audience during the screening of their films. This year’s festival received 964 works from 57 countries and regions.