Sharp Shorts Year 1
Running Time: 16mins
Year: 2022

Synopsis: A young Taiwanese woman on the run finds friendship and shelter in the home of a lonely grief-ridden widower.

Director: Paul Sng
Producer: Johanna Blair
Screenwriter: Maisie Chan
DOP: David Lee
Editor: Christopher Chow
Sound Design: Emma Butt
Composer: Sarah Playford
Costume Design: Siam Colvine
Hair & Makeup: Jak Morgan
VFX: Envy
Casting: Claire Catterall

Cast: Joseph Marcell, Shin-Fei Chen, Paul Donnelly, Andrew John Tait

Photo credit: Chris McCluskie


About Paul Sng

Paul Sng is a bi-racial British Chinese filmmaker based in Edinburgh, Scotland whose work focuses on people who challenge the status quo. His films have been broadcast on television and screened internationally, and his feature documentary credits include Dispossession, Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché (winner of BIFA 2021 Best Documentary, BIFA 2021 Raindance Discovery Award) and Tish (Sheffield DocFest 2023 Opening Gala film). He has directed two short drama films, Folding (featuring Joseph Marcell and Shin-Fei Chen) and Aska (featuring Jenny Ryan and Kate Dickie). He is a 2022/23 BAFTA Breakthrough Artist.


About Maisie Chan

Maisie Chan is a multi-award-winning children’s author, best known for her debut novel Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths, which was also shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2022 and the Diverse Book Award 2022. Her latest novel is Keep Dancing, Lizzie Chu. She runs Bubble Tea Writers Network which was set up to support and encourage writers of East and Southeast Asian (ESEA) descent in the U.K. 

She won the BBC Writersroom competition BBC Bites in 2008 for Lychees and Bingoballs and was shortlisted for Digishorts with B3 Media and Screen West Midlands for her short Aston Manna. More recently, she completed Write4Film with Scottish Film Talent Network in 2020, was also a BEATS Screenwriting fellow that same year, her mentor was Emma Reeves. Maisie completed the Write for Animation Screenskills course with Myles Mcleod which led to her training with Magic Light Pictures to write on Pip and Posy, of which she wrote an episode for season two. Folding (BFI/Screen Scotland)is her first short to be produced. She is currently working on an idea for a TV drama. She lives in Glasgow.