O/S
Taking inspiration from 20th-century avant-garde experiments in graphical sound generation, the entire image in O/S functions as an optical soundtrack. Abstract motion becomes sound. What you hear is what you see.

O/S (2023)
AWARDS
- Optical Sound Award, Flatpack Festival, UK, 2024
- First Prize, Punto y Raya Festival, Portugal, 2023

SCREENINGS AND EXHIBITIONS
- 36th Girona Film Festival, Girona, Spain, 4-8 Nov 2024 (Official Competition)
- Viborg Animation Festival, Viborg, Denmark, 9-15 Sep 2024
- Kinomural, Wroclaw, Poland, Sep 2024
- Turku Animated Film Festival, Turku, Finland, 21-25 Aug 2024 (International Competition)
- Hiroshima Animation Season, Hiroshima, Japan, 14-18 Aug 2024 (Visual Poetry competition)
- Flipbook Film Festival, Skopje, Macedonia, 8-11 Aug 2024 (Official Competition)
- Animaphix Festival, Bagheria, Sicily, Italy, 23-28 Jul 2024 (Experimental Competition)
- 11th Insomnia International Open-Air Animation Film Festival, Kaluga oblast, Russia, 17-22 Jul 2024 (International Competition)
- 15th Anibar International Animation Festival, Peja, Kosovo, 15-21 Jul 2024 (Experimental Programme)
- 17th Animator Festival, Poznan, Poland, 25-30 Jun 2024 (International Short Competition + Best of Punto y Raya Festival)
- Waking Life Festival, Crato, Portugal, 20 Jun 2024 (Best of Punto y Raya Festival)
- Annecy Festival, Annecy, France, 9-15 Jun 2024 (Animation Off-Limits Competition)
- Walthamstow International Film Festival, London, UK, 9 Jun 2024
- 20th Athens Digital Arts Festival, Athens, Greece, 15-26 May 2024
- Flatpack Festival, Birmingham, UK, 10-19 May 2024 ("Optical Sound" Programme)
- Anifilm Festival, Liberec, Czech Republic, 7-12 May 2024 (Abstract and Non-Narrative Animation Competition)
- 36th Filmfest Dresden International Short Film Festival, Dresden, Germany, 16-21 Apr 2024 ("Experiments")
- Kaboom Animation Festival, Utrecht and Amsterdam, Netherlands, 5-14 Apr 2024
- Brighton International Animation Festival, Brighton, UK, 5-7 April 2024
- 47th Internationale Grenzland-Filmtage, Selb, Germany, 4-7 Apr 2024
- Experimental Brasil, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, 31 Mar 2024 (Finalist - Experimental Abstraction)
- Videoformes Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 14-31 Mar 2024
- Anatolia International Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey, 14 Mar 2024
- 23rd MONSTRA Lisbon Animation Festival, Lisbon, Portugal, 7-17 Mar 2024
- 13th Tehran International Animation Festival, Tehran, Iran, 3-7 Mar 2024
- 29th ifva Awards, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, 24 Feb - 17 Mar 2024 (Finalist – Animation)
- Paris International Animation Film Festival, Paris, France, 16-21 Jan 2024
- ZumZeig Art House Cinema, Barcelona, Spain, Tue 19 Dec 2023 (Best of Punto y Raya Festival 2023)
- Relentless Melt No. 31: Abstract and Experimental Animation from Hong Kong, Close-Up Cinema, London, Thu 7 Dec 2023, 20:15 (screening curated and presented by Max Hattler + Q&A with Dr Paul Taberham)
- Relentless Melt No. 30: Vertical Abstractions, Clockenflap Festival, Hong Kong, 1-3 Dec 2023 (programme of experimental animation co-curated by Max Hattler and Jay Hofmann-Forster)
- Relentless Melt No. 29: Animated Abstractions from Hong Kong, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK, Wed 29 Nov 2023, 14:00 (screening curated and presented by Max Hattler, hosted by Animation Research Centre and Prof Birgitta Hosea)
- Anilogue International Animation Festival, Budapest, Hungary, 28 Nov - 3 Dec 2023
- London International Animation Festival, London, UK, 24 Nov – 3 Dec 2023
- Punto y Raya Festival, Lisbon, Portugal, 11-15 Oct 2023

O/S (2023)

O/S (2023)

O/S (2023)

O/S (2023)


CREDITS
Director & Producer: Max HATTLER
Lead Animator & Sound: ZHANG Riwen
Animation & Sound: CHAN Hattie, Marvin HAUCK, HU Xiaozhi, LAU Tatia Pui Wan, LU Yujie, NG Chit, WANG Xiaobu, ZHANG Xiaoyu
Sonification Advisor & Effects: Sune PETERSEN
Country: Hong Kong, Germany
Available formats: UHD, 1080p HD, DCP
Frame rate: 24
Length: 5'00"
Year: 2023


WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID
"The award goes to a film that follows experimental moving image tradition, whilst also bringing something new and fresh. Perfectly paired. A coherent piece." Jury Statement by Sam Groves, Aneta Ozorek, Adriana Prodeus, Sandra Cristina Ramos and Luis Tinoco, First Jury Prize, Punto y Raya Festival, 2023

"For O/S being a well crafted and truly contemporary take on the original ideas of absolute film tradition, creating a convincing purely audio visual piece where image and sound stands together as equal non-subordinate parts and as such fulfilling exactly the meaning of the category of Optical Sound Short film." Jury Statement by Jan Kulka, Optical Sound Award, Flatpack Festival, 2024

"O/S is an abstract animation in the tradition of early pioneers of abstract electronic animation such as John Whitney or Larry Cuba. Its visual elements are kept to a minimum; black and white dots and lines. Nevertheless, it is an exciting, well- edited, clean, and strong artistic animation." Juror's Comment by Tamas Waliczky, Finalist - Animation Category, 29th ifva Awards, 2024


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