Elysa WENDI is a dance artist, curator and filmmaker based in Hong Kong. After dancing professionally for a decade, she began experimenting on the notion of choreography through film, performances and curatorial projects since 2008. Integrating choreographic and performative approach in her filmic creation, her short film 1958 Delivery won the Best Experimental Film Award at the 2018 South Taiwan Film Festival, and her film Forgive or Not to Forgive won Best Documentary at Hong Kong ArtHouse Film Festival 2020. Her recent film As I Imagine My Body Moving received Gold Awards (Open Category) at the 28th ifva Film Award Hong Kong 2023.
Wendi co-founded Cinemovement – a platform for inter-disciplinary film creation together with Film Producer Jeremy Chua in 2015. Since then, she has been actively involved in producing, directing, and programming dance films. As one of the key drivers of such hybrid arts form in Asia, she has initiated many dance film collaborative projects, alongside facilitating six dance film laboratories in different Asian cities. Notable projects include Faraway My Shadow Wandered, a hybrid documentary feature which premiered in IFFR 2021 and went on to show in other festivals, such as Cinéma du Réel 2021.
The experience to be invited as a member of the jury in film festivals such as South Taiwan Film Festival 2019, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2020, and Fifth Wall Fest Dance Film Festival Philippines 2020 has expanded Wendi’s exposure to festival making. In 2022 Elysa was appointed as festival director of Jumping Frames – Hong Kong International Movement-image Festival after her curatorial involvement with the festival since 2018.
As festival director, Wendi aspires to re-examine the boundaries of performance from an audio-visual perspective and experiment its fluidities. She anticipates to broaden Jumping Frames’ future possibilities as a platform to develop emerging voices in the fields of expanded media between somatic practices and image-making, cine-choreography and cinematic operations, as well as digital performance and technology.
她曾受邀為2019 年台灣南方影展、2020年法國克萊蒙費朗國際短片電影節、2020年菲律賓「Fifth Wall Fest」等等國際舞蹈影像競賽的評審團成員，從中對於電影節的競賽製作有更深入的了解。
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Singapore / Hong Kong