Taiwan short film nominated for Crystal Bear at Berlin film festival

BERLIN (CNA) – The Taiwanese short film “Dian Jiao Jian” (Tiptoe) has been nominated for a Crystal Bear award in the Generation Kplus competition at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), being held Feb. 7-17, according to the event’s website.

The award presentation of the competition, which is designed for young audiences and awarded by a children’s jury of 11 children aged between 11 and 14, is scheduled to take place Feb. 16.

Dian Jiao Jian focuses the cinematic lens on a 10-year-old girl, Jiajia, and her 7-year-old brother in the absence of their mother, according to the Berlinale website.

The 17-minute film centers on how Jiajia bravely shoulders the responsibilities of an older sister by walking her brother to school and taking care of household chores through the day-to-day emptiness left by their mother’s absence.

The film’s writer and director, Lin I-ju (林誼如) was born in 1992 in Taipei and is a freelancer in the film industry. She graduated from the Department of Sociology at National Taiwan University and focuses her work on “the interrelationships of people, family and society.” Dian Jiao Jian is Lin’s debut short fiction film as a director.

The Berlinale was created in 1951 in Berlin, Germany and has since developed into a platform for cultural exchange and exploration of cinema.

By Lin Yu-li and William Yen