ST(R)AY

A camel, on a quest to find his missing wife in the desert, faces the dilemma of chasing his treasure or continuing his journey. ‘St(r)ay’ is a story of how someone recognizes the most important thing in life amid chaos caused by dementia.

駱駝先生在沙漠裡尋找失蹤的妻子,沿途接踵而來的插曲不斷阻礙他前進。
"(迷)留"是個從失智的混亂中找尋生命最重要事物的故事,為了讓觀眾更貼切感受失智患者的主觀心境,因此劇情並不具體呈現主角對於失智症狀的認知,而是將抽象與隱喻手法結合視覺上的設定,逐步引領觀眾步入主角的心境,透過主角以駱駝形象登場,表達他已遺忘了自己是誰,甚至失去了自我身為「人」的認知;而人形的妻子在結尾時的形象轉變,也呼應了主角不只遺忘了自己,還遺忘了包括親人在內的所有人。
過程中,飛散的鈔票代表的是主角對名利曾有的渴望,承載回憶的家具與房子四處散落意味著主角混亂與錯置的記憶,而碎裂的沙漏則是貫穿全劇的主意象,猶如故事中的沙塵暴與隨之而來的天地倒轉,主角的記憶也在破碎的時間感中如散沙般一去不回。

  • Chiang Yao
    Director
  • Yiju Chiang
    Producer
  • Chiang Yao
    Storyboard/ Design/ Layout/ Modeling/ Texturing/ Lighting/ Editing
  • Yiju Chiang
    Character Effects/ VFX
  • Chiang Yao
    Compositing
  • Yiju Chiang
    Compositing
  • Wing Lin
    Animation
  • Chiang Yao
    Animation
  • Yngyn Lee
    Additional Animation
  • Chih-Tang Chang
    Rigging
  • Chiang Yao
    Additional Rigging
  • Katy Jarzebowski
    Music
  • Sam Warfield
    Sound Design/ Mixing
  • Chiang Yao
    Writer
  • Sam Warfield
    Voices
  • Laura Warfield
    Voices
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    (迷)留
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Fantasy, Romance
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 14, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Taiwan
  • Country of Filming:
    Taiwan
  • Language:
    Chinese, English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 23rd Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival
    Bristol
    United Kingdom
    September 20, 2017
    World premiere
    Official selection
  • 9th SPARK Animation
    Vancouver
    Canada
    October 29, 2017
    West Coast premiere
    Official selection
  • Aesthetica Short Film Festival
    York
    United Kingdom
    November 8, 2017
    Official selection
  • The 54th Golden Horse Awards
    Taiepi
    Taiwan
    November 11, 2017
    Taiwan premiere
    Finalist
  • Brain Film Fest
    Barcelona
    Spain
    March 15, 2018
    Official selection
  • 8th Annual Queens World Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    March 23, 2018
    East Coast premiere
    Finalist
  • 18th International Short Film Festival Radio City
    Valencia
    Spain
    April 15, 2018
    Official selection
  • Festival of shorts and mental health
    Seville
    Spain
    May 9, 2018
    Finalist
  • 16th International Short Film Festival Cine a la Calle
    Barranquilla
    Colombia
    May 15, 2018
    Colombia premiere
    Official selection
  • 7th Prokuplje Short Film Festival
    Prokuplje
    Serbia
    May 16, 2018
    Serbia premiere
    Official selection
  • 20th Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia
    Tokyo
    Japan
    June 13, 2018
    Japan premiere
    Official selection
  • 5th Calzada de Calatrava International Film Festival
    Ciudad Real
    Spain
    June 20, 2018
    Official selection
  • 20th Taipei Film Festival
    Taipei
    Taiwan
    June 30, 2018
    Official selection
  • 8º CARTÓN International Animation Short Film Festival Tribu
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    September 4, 2018
    Argentina premiere
    Official selection
  • Taichung International Animation Festival
    Taichung
    Taiwan
    October 11, 2018
    Official selection
  • 8th Annual Kuandu International Animation Festival
    Taipei
    Taiwan
    October 28, 2018
    Official selection
  • TAF Thessaloniki Animation Festival
    Thessaloniki
    Greece
    October 18, 2018
    Greece premiere
    Official selection
  • Formosa Festival of International Filmmaker Awards
    Taichung
    Taiwan
    December 19, 2018
    Best animated short
  • Windows of Formosa Film Festival
    Taichung
    Taiwan
    December 19, 2018
    Best Visual Effects and Best Art Direction nominated
  • 11th ACM SIGGRAPH Asia Computer Animation Festival
    Tokyo
    Japan
    December 4, 2018
  • 19th International Izmir Short Film Festival
    Izmir
    Turkey
    October 30, 2018
    Turkey premiere
    Official selection
  • 36th Festival Tous Courts
    Aix-en-Provence
    France
    December 4, 2018
    France premiere
    Official selection
  • BFF Borgarnes Film Freaks
    Borgarnes
    Iceland
    January 24, 2019
    Iceland premiere
    Official selection
  • 5th Locomoción Animation Festival
    Mexico City
    Mexico
    October 15, 2018
    Mexico premiere
    Official selection
  • Festival Internacional de Cine con Medios Alternativos FICMA
    Mexico City
    Mexico
    November 21, 2018
    Official selection
  • Los Angeles CineFest
    Los Angeles
    United States
    January 20, 2019
    Official selection
  • Move Me Productions Belgium - Film Festival
    Antwerpen
    Belgium
    November 4, 2018
    Belgium premiere
    Winner of Best Animation Short Film Award
  • 7th WE ARE ALL OTHERS Short Film Festival of Social Diversity
    Mexico City
    Mexico
    November 13, 2018
    Official selection
  • Lisbon Film Rendezvous
    Lisbon
    Portugal
    February 15, 2019
    Official selection
  • Sanctuary Cove International Film Festival
    Queensland
    Australia
    December 1, 2018
    Australia premiere
    Official selection
  • Animax Skopje Fest
    Skopje
    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
    November 22, 2018
    Macedonia premiere
    Official selection
  • Near Nazareth Festival (NNF)
    Afula
    Israel
    December 2, 2018
    Israel premiere
    Official selection
  • KRAF
    Rijeka
    Croatia
    December 12, 2018
    Croatia premiere
    Official selection
  • 6 on Nebraska
    Cape Town
    South Africa
    December 7, 2018
    Official selection
  • The Chaffey Review Film Festival
    Rancho Cucamonga
    United States
    March 1, 2019
    Preliminarily selected
  • Where Is The Horse Film Festival
    Québec
    Canada
    January 27, 2019
    Official selection
  • VOID - International Animation Film Festival
    Copenhagen
    Denmark
    January 24, 2019
    Denmark premiere
    Official selection
  • Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival
    Mumbai
    India
    February 20, 2019
    Official selection
  • DTC Film Festival
    Covington, Louisiana
    United States
    February 8, 2019
    Official selection
  • 14th ATHENS ANIMFEST
    Athens
    Greece
    March 14, 2019
    3rd Vrilissia Award
  • SorsiCorti Short Film Festival
    Palermo
    Italy
    May 27, 2019
    Italy premiere
    Official selection
  • WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival
    Houston
    United States
    April 5, 2019
    SILVER REMI award
  • Festival of Nations
    Lenzing
    Austria
    June 8, 2019
    Austria premiere
    Official selection
  • Chippewa Valley Film Festival
    Eau Claire, Wisconsin
    United States
    April 27, 2019
    Official selection
  • ENFOQUE International Film Festival
    Cabo Rojo
    Puerto Rico
    June 5, 2019
    Puerto Rico premiere
    Winner of Best International Animation
  • KanivFest Kaniv International Film Festival
    Kaniv
    Ukraine
    May 17, 2019
    Ukraine premiere
    Official selection
  • Tracce cinematografiche Film Fest
    Rome
    Italy
    July 6, 2019
    the Best Short Film in Animation
  • Still Voices Short Film Festival
    Longford
    Ireland
    August 15, 2019
    Ireland premiere
    Best Animation Award
  • Link International Film Festival
    Surrey
    United Kingdom
    July 19, 2019
    Best Asia Short Film
  • HollyShorts Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    August 8, 2019
    Official selection
  • Västerås FilmFestival
    Västerås
    Sweden
    October 4, 2019
    Sweden premiere
    Official selection
  • Tulipoff International Film Festival
    Copenhagen
    Denmark
    September 12, 2019
    winner of COMMUNICATE THROUGH PICTURE
  • Chaniartoon - International Comic & Animation Festival
    Chania
    Greece
    September 13, 2019
    Official selection
  • Balkan Can Kino
    Athens
    Greece
    March 3, 2020
    Official selection
Distribution Information
  • Feelsales
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Internet, Video on Demand, Pay Per View, Theatrical, Video / Disc, Free TV, Paid TV
Director Biography - Chiang Yao

Chiang Yao is a Taiwanese director and filmmaker who has used sarcasm, darkness and surrealism as themes to depict the mental disorder and lack of balance lurking behind people’s faces. He has been fascinated in utilizing animation, motion graphics and film as his aesthetic forms to explore the struggle between reality and involuntary illusion since he studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Alongside his bizarre and uncanny personal projects, he has been working as a director, 3D artist and designer for many multimedia projects, which includes commercials, VR games and 3D animated shorts.

姚江是一位台灣藝術家、導演以及影像創作者,從他在美國紐約視覺藝術學校求學開始,他喜歡使用動畫、動態影像和短片來探討個人在現實與幻覺之間的掙扎。除了個人作品之外,他也在專業領域上使用多媒體創作,作品範圍囊括廣告、虛體現實遊戲與動畫短片。

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Director Statement

“St(r)ay” was inspired by my father’s dementia, during which he failed to recognize his friends and relatives and even lost his self-awareness. During his illness, I witnessed a person who once had the same complex personality, emotions, love, hate, and life experiences as you and I, drawn gradually by the illness into an empty soul, which prompted me to create an animation completely from a dementia patient’s point of view. Using the patient’s point of view to tell the story, I tried to capture my father’s mood when he stepped unconsciously into the whirlpool of dementia, and explore the value of affection and life.

"(迷)留"的創作靈感來自於我的父親罹患失智症時遺忘親朋好友、甚至喪失了自我意識的症狀。在他罹病的過程中,我見證到一個曾經跟你我一樣擁有複雜性格、情緒、愛恨情仇與人生經歷的人,逐漸被病症抽離成一個空洞的靈魂,促使我創作出一個完全以失智患者為第一人稱的角度來訴說的故事,試圖設身處地的呈現出父親不知不覺走入失智漩渦時的心境,並藉此探討親情與生命的價值。