One summer day, an artist called Jiajia came to an antiquated village in a secluded mountainous area in southern China. To her shock, the village was sparsely populated with mostly elders and children. Moreover, she had the feeling that she was being tailed all the time. Jiajia finds out that it was some kids following her for her mobile phone. So she set a trap for them to steal her mobile phone. But only then did she realize that these kids had stolen the phone only to call their parents who are "farmer-workers" working in the city. Jiajia was introduced to the sad realities of life in small villages all over China.
With artist Jiajia's experience in the small mountain village, this story aims to draw people's attention to the relationship between "farmer-worker" parents and their children remaining in rural areas.
China / Canada
Joe Chang is an award-winning director, animator and artist. He studied at Lu-Xun Academy of Fine Arts in China(1978-1982) and Tama Art University in Japan(1988-1989) and he believes that rational analysis is as equally important as sensual expression. Joe emigrated from China to Canada in 1990. The animated short The Chinese Violin is his first film with the National Film Board of Canada. His most recent animated film is A Long-distance Call. He is currently founder of Joe's Film Co.,Ltd and a professor and Chairman of the Animation department of China Academy of Art.
Screening / Award history:
Best International Animation Film Award at Okanagan International Film Festival, BC. Canada. April 22-26,2009.
Best Animation Award in 10th annual Crossroads Film Festival，USA, April 2 - 5, 2009.
Grand Award by Rates Anime-Contest in Tokyo, Japan, March 23, 2004.
The Bronze Plaque Award by the 51st Columbus International Film & Video Festival in Worthington, Ohio, USA, November 1st, 2003.
Animted short A Long-distance Call was selected for:
The Short Film Corner in Cannes 2009, France. From May 13th to May 22nd 2009.
THE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF PATRAS CITY – GREECE，11th International Panorama of Independent Film and Video Makers from Oct 2-10,2009.
The 13th annual LA Shorts Fest, LA, USA from July 23 - 31, 2009.
The 24th Odense International Film Festival, Odense, Denmark from August 17th—22nd,2009.
The International Film Festival Ireland 2009，Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland from September 6th—12th, 2009.
Okanagan International Film Festival, BC. Canada. April 22-26,2009.
The 5th China International Cartoon & Animation Festival (CICAF) in Hangzhou from April 25 to May 3, 2009.
The 2009 Phoenix Film Festival,Phoenix,USA，April 2 to 9,2009.
10th annual Crossroads Film Festival，USA, April 2 - 5, 2009.