The award-winning animated short film Swing, produced by US-based Taiwanese director Kuo Yen-ting (郭彥庭), won two prizes at the recently concluded Humboldt Film Festival in California.
The short, Kuo’s first, grabbed the Best of the Fest award and the Best Animated Film award at the world’s oldest student-run film festival, established in 1967.
Swing has been nominated for 40 awards worldwide, including the prestigious Student Academy Awards in the US, and has so far won 14, including the highly respected Tokyo Big Sight Award at this year’s Tokyo International Anime Fair in March.
The four-minute animation discusses the issues of love, life and death from the perspective of an elderly patient struggling between his own will and the will of those he loves.
Kuo made the film when he was still a graduate student at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Kuo, currently in his late 20s, said the accolades proved that if well-made, an animated film could be as competitive as a short film played by real people.
Kuo said he was working on ideas for a new script that he hoped would inspire and encourage more people.
He also expressed his hope of working in Taiwan, although he added that a renowned animation company in Beijing has already made him a good offer and that several US companies have been in touch with him.
The Humboldt Film Festival, held from May 1 to May 7, is a short film festival held annually in Arcata, California. The awards ceremony for the Student Academy Awards is scheduled for June 11 in Los Angeles.