Freeze

A Film by Nelicia Low

Synopsis

We all do terrible things when we think that no one is watching. When her distant husband cannot give her the love she desires, the lonely and insecure Hui will do anything to feel loved. Caught in an unusual love triangle with her autistic brother, Hui has found a constant source of comfort.

Director

  • Picture of Nelicia Low © Nelicia Low

    Nelicia Low

    Nelicia Low grew up in multilingual Singapore, where she was born with a thirst for stories. She craved many films that were banned and constantly shipped VCDs to watch them. At 13, she won second prize at a nation-wide music video competition, and has been making films since. She sidestepped into representing Singapore as a National Fencer for 6 years, and retired at 20 after the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou to focus on filmmaking. She is currently completing her MFA in Film Directing at Columbia University in New York. Her second narrative short film, FREEZE, premiered February 2016 in the International Competition of the 38th Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. She is based in New York and Taiwan, where she is working on her first feature, Ñaño, based loosely on the real-life murderer Cheng Jie, who stabbed several passengers on the subway in Taipei, and his complicated relationship with his younger brother. It is set for a 2018 Fall shoot date. Having grown up with an autistic brother in a complicated family, Nelicia's films are not about the greatness of love, but that even destructive, detrimental forms of love are ultimately love as well.

Awards + Festivals

  • 38th CLERMONT-FERRAND INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (International Competition, France)February 5, 2016
  • 33rd BUSAN INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (International Competition, Busan, South Korea)April 22, 2016
  • 19th BRUSSELS INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (International Competition, Brussels, Belgium)April 27, 2016
  • ODENSE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Denmark)August 29, 2016
  • *PRESIDENT’S AWARD*
    5th NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, Raleigh, USA)September 5, 2016
  • 3rd FIRST STEP FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tirana, Albania)September 14, 2016
  • 10th ATHENS INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL PSAROKOKALO (Official Selection, Greece) September 15, 2016
  • 46th INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL OF EVREUX (Official Selection, France) October 13, 2016
  • 13th KONSTANZER KURZ.FILM.SPIELE (Official Selection, Germany)October 23, 2016
  • 6th INT’L FILM FESTIVAL OF STUDENT FILMS AND FILM SCHOOLS BASTAU (Competition Section, Almaty, Kazakhstan)October 24, 2016
  • 15th HYPERFEST INT’L STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cinema Europa, Bucharest, Romania)October 26, 2016
  • 9th POST MORTEM INTERNATIONAL HORROR AND BIZARRE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Aguascalientes, Mexico)October 27, 2016
  • 14th KALPANIRJHAR INT’L SHORT FICTION FILM FESTIVAL (Int’l Selection, Kolkata, India)November 1, 2016
  • 53rd TAIPEI GOLDEN HORSE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Taiwan, China)November 4, 2016
  • 17th IZMIR SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Out of Competition, Izmir, Turkey)November 5, 2016
  • 27th SINGAPORE INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Singapore)November 23, 2016
  • *SHORTLIST*
    53rd TAIPEI GOLDEN HORSE AWARDS (Official Selection, Taiwan, China)November 26, 2016
  • 28th ISTANBUL INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Turkey)December 14, 2016
  • LA MIRADA TABÚ (Official Selection, Saragossa, Spain)December 15, 2016
  • SWEET AS FILM FESTIVAL DECEMBER’S EDITION (Official Selection, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)December 22, 2016
  • 1st CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)December 24, 2016
  • 10th INT'L FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL KÜSTENDORF (Int'l Competition, Drvengrad, Serbia)January 14, 2017
  • INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL DONA I CINEMA - MUJER Y CINE - WOMAN & FILM (Official Selection, Valencia, Spain)January 16, 2017
  • 25th DAKINO INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Short Film Competition, Bucharest, Romania)March 1, 2017
  • 10th POST ALLEY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Seattle, Washington, USA)March 4, 2017
  • 2nd INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL KOLKATA (Official Selection, Kolkata, India)March 6, 2017
  • 13th AKBANK SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Int’l Competition, Istanbul, Turkey)March 13, 2017
  • 19th MECAL PRO, INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM AND ANIMATION FESTIVAL (International Selection, Barcelona, Spain)March 14, 2017
  • 7th CA' FOSCARI SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Venice, Italy)March 15, 2017
  • *BEST FILM: 2nd PLACE*
    8th FLICKS INT'L STUDENT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Groningen, Netherlands)March 15, 2017
  • *AWARD WINER: BABY IMP - BEST STUDENT FILM* *AWARD NOMINEE THESPIAN IMP - BEST ACTOR OR ENSEMBLE* *AWARD NOMINEE ANGRY IMP - MOST CHALLENGING FILM*
    2nd INDIE-LINCS INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lincoln, UK)March 16, 2017
  • 14th CORTISONICI, FESTIVAL DI CORTOMETRAGGI (Int’l Competition, Italy)March 28, 2017
  • FEMCINE7 - FESTIVAL CINE DE MUJERES (Official Selection, Santiago de Chile, Chile)March 28, 2017
  • HEADWATERS FILM FEST 2017 (Official Selection, Bemidji State University, Minnesota, USA)March 30, 2017
  • 3rd METERS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Naples, New York, USA)April 1, 2017
  • 35th INT'L FILM FESTIVAL OF URUGUAY (Official Selection, Montevideo, Uruguay)April 6, 2017
  • 1st FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DEL CONO SUR (Official Selection, Valparaíso, Chile)April 20, 2017
  • 46th SEHSÜCHTE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)April 26, 2017
  • 2nd SEASHORTS FILM FESTIVAL (From Sea to Sea: Southeast Asia Program, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)May 11, 2017
  • 8th SKEPTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cagliari, Italy)May 10, 2017
  • 4th INTERNATIONAL MOTION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cyprus)May 11, 2017
  • *BEST PERFORMANCE* *BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE* *BEST DIRECTOR* *BEST FILM*
    SHORT CIRCUIT: PACIFIC RIM FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Victoria, BC, Canada)May 12, 2017
  • CONGRESS OF THE PEOPLES' ASSEMBLY OF EURASIA (Cortisonici Program, Moscow, Russia)May 29, 2017
  • 1st INT'L INDEPENDENT PERMANENT MEMORIES FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Italy)June 8, 2017
  • 1st BUDDHA INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, Maharashtra, India)June 10, 2017
  • *SPECIAL MENTION BY THE JURY OF INT’L SHORT FILM*
    16th EUGANEA FILM FESTIVAL (Int'l Short Film Competition, Padua, Italy)June 28, 2017
  • NEW WAVES - EMERGING VOICES OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN CINEMA (Official Selection, Singapore)June 28, 2017
  • *BEST FICTION SHORT*
    1st VIDLINGS & TAPEHEADS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Michigan, USA)July 7, 2017
  • MIDDLE COAST FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Bloomington, Indiana, USA)August 10, 2017
  • 2nd REVOLUTION ME FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, USA)August 10, 2017
  • 2nd WOMEN TEXAS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dallas, TX, USA)August 17, 2017
  • 21st THAI SHORT FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL (S-Express Singapore Section, Bangkok, Thailand)August 29, 2017
  • 5th KRALJEVSKI FILMSKI FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kraljevo, Serbia)August 31, 2017
  • 12th TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tacoma, Washington, USA)October 5, 2017
  • 3rd MINIKINO FILM WEEK - INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL BALI (Official Selection, Denpasar, Bali Indonesia)October 7, 2017
  • 15th MANLLEU FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Manlleu, Spain)November 7, 2017
  • 2nd AARETALER KURZFILMTAGE (Official Selection, Switzerland)November 17, 2017
  • 2nd MALTA FILM EXPO 2018 (Official Selection, San Gwann, Malta)September 1, 2018

Trailer

Crew

Screenplay
Nelicia Low
Producer
Juliana Lembi, Amber Xiao
Director
Nelicia Low
Director of Photography
Tzu-Hao Kao
Art Direction
Hang-Yue Ke
Costume Design
Myrtle Lee
Sound
Dennis Hu, Hao-Xuan Sun
Editor
Nelicia Low

Details

Running Time
15:00
Shooting Format
HD
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Sound
Stereo
Website

Contact

FILM AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany
+49 (0) 176 - 62965299
markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

FILMSCHOOL

Columbia University – MFA Film Directing
Film Program
513 Dodge Hall
Mail Code 1805
2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-2815
film@columbia.edu

DIRECTOR

Nelicia Low
+1 9175141800
nelicialow91@gmail.com
www.nelicialow.com/freeze