The Tale of The Day
Animation, 14 min, by Ying-Fang Shen

Adapted from an ancient Chinese demonic story and revised from the artist’s previous work: “The White Snake,” “The Tale of The Day” tells of a tragic romance of human male and female snakes. In a rainy day, a young man encountered by the lake two snake demons in the disguised form of a beautiful lady in white and her maidservant in green. Falling for the young man, the white snake tried to seduce him, who, despite the demonic/animal nature of his lover, chose to enjoy the seduction and keep the relationships together with the maidservant. The days of lust did not last long. A pang of sudden fear struck him one day, and he fled as fast as he could.

“The Tale of The Day” is divided into three parts— encounter, enchantment, and epiphany— so as to express a shift from the obsession of lust to the transcendence and enlightenment. This shift corresponds to the metamorphosis of the characters in the animation. All the characters, except the male protagonist, can transform themselves. Such transformation in shape was not just the original theme of demonic stories. Instead, it suggests the idea of inconsistency— not merely the inconsistency in the physical existence of objects but also that of earthly desire, such as sexuality.

FILM FESTIVAL OFFICIAL SELECTIONS:

La Rioja esde Cine (Sep 12-17, 2016), Logroño & Haro, Spain

Lyon International Film Festival. Lyon, France, July 23 - 24, 2016

Incorto Festival (June 2016), México City, Mexico

NonStop Barcelona Animació (May 19 - 20, 2016), Barcelona, Spain

Near Nazareth Festival (May 18-30, 2016 ). Afula, Israel

Arraial Cine Fest (Feb 29 - Mar 4, 2016), Porto Seguro, Brazil

Cabin Fever Film Festival (Jan 21, 2016), Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS (invited)

Grand OFF Film Awards (Dec 3 - 7, 2015), Poland, Warsaw 

Competition Program of the 19th International Video Festival VIDEOMEDEJA (Oct 23 - 25, 2015), Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia 

NYC Independent Film Festival (Oct 12 - 18, 2015), New York, NY

Official Competition at AniFest ROZAFA Film Festival 2015 (Sep 20 - 27, 2015) Shkodra, Albania

Competition Programme of the 3rd International Short Film Festival SHORT FORM (Sep 19 - 27, 2015), Gornji Milanovac, Serbia

Cartoon Club - Festival Internazionale del Cinema d'Animazione e del Fumetto di Rimini (Sep 15 - 18, 2015), Rimini, RN, Italy

Cinema Monster Film Festival (June 2 - 4, 2015), Huntingdon PA, USA

Short@ Fringe at Azores Fringe Festival (May 29 - June 30, 2015), Azores, Portugal 

Animazele MIAFF! - Montreal International Film Festival (Apr 16 - 19, 2015), Montreal, Canada

Norwich Film Festival (Apr 10 - 25, 2015), Norwich, Norfolk, UK

Crossroads Film Festival (Apr 9 - 15, 2015), Jackson, MS, USA

International Motion Festival (Mar 26 - 29, 2015), European University Cyprus (EUC), Cyprus 

Primavera Cinemística / Cinemística Film Festival (Mar 21 - Jun 29, 2015), Granada, Spain

Richmond International Film Festival (Feb 26 - Mar 1, 2015), Richmond,VA, USA

Beeston Film Festival (Jan 24 - 25, 2015), Nottingham, UK

Kanyakumari International Film Festival (Dec 20 - 22, 2014), Kanyakumari, India

Nile’s Diaspora International Film Festival (Nov 21 - 28, 2014), Kampala, Uganda

Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes FENACO Perú (Nov 12 - 15, 2014), Cusco, Peru

FFFilm Project (Nov 11 - 13, 2014), Porto, Portugal

Oregon Underground FIlm Festival (Nov 01 - 04, 2014), Online Festival

Anim!Arte (Oct 21 - 30, 2014), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Muestra Audiovisual Cine Sinú (Oct 14 - 19, 2014), Muestra, Colombia

CineFest Global (Oct 6 - 11, 2014), Katy, TX, USA

Woodstock Museum Film Festival (Aug 29 - Sept 2, 2014), Saugerties, NY, USA

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AWARDS

Gold Remi Winner. WorldFest-Houston, 2015, Houston, TX

3rd place: Best Film - North America, World Cultures - Professionals. 2014 Anim!Arte, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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OTHER SCREENINGS

The MAIN Event: A Weekend Celebration for the Arts. Norfolk, VA, Mar. 24 - 26, 

James River Filmmakers Forum. Richmond, VA, Mar. 25, 2017

ShortsHD, USA Channel, November 1, 2015 - November 1, 2018

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Updated: April, 2019

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