What is Happiness? A Taiwanese-American woman comes to a crossroad in life when she returns home to attend her grandmother’s funeral. As she reconnects with family and childhood friends and reflects on her life so far, the film recounts the recent history of Taiwan and that of New York City in the early 2000’s. Where will she find true Happiness?
Developed from her short animated film “Happiness Road”, this semi-autobiographical feature by first-time director Hsin-Yin Sung [宋欣穎] has achieved unexpected commercial success in Taiwan and has gone on to win accolades and awards globally:
2018 Ottawa Interational Animation Festival, Ottawa, Canada
Festival Selection At:
2018 New York Asian Film Festival, New York, USA
41st Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Annecy, France
22nd Annual Busan International Film Festival, Busan, South Korea
2018 Taiwan Film Festival in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
2018 Far East Film Festival 20, Udine, Italy
2018 Future Film Festival, Bologna, Italy
2018 Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia
2018 Singapore Chinese Film Festival, Singapore
2018 Hong Kong International Film Festival, Hong Kong, China
2017 Golden Horse Film Festival, Taipei, Taiwan
2018 Tokyo Anime Award Festival: Grand Prize
2018 Taipei Film Festival: Grand Prize, Best Animation, Audience Choice
25th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film: AniMovie – Best Feature-Length Animated Film
2018 Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival, Seoul, Korea: Grand Prize, Feature Film
Following the film, we will have a Q&A with Taiwanese director Te-Shen Wei [魏德聖] who lent his voice to this project, and the film director Hsin-Yin Sung [宋欣穎] who will be joining us via Skype from the Ottawa International Animation Festival.
VIP Attendees will receive a souvenir T-Shirt and a Dinner Discussion with Director Wei on his past and future film projects.
4:30-5:00pm Doors Open
5:00-7:00pm Film Screening