Behind the scenes, shooting Pria, co-written and directed by Yudho Aditya

Students and Alumni Head to Sweden for Uppsala International Film Festival

BY Ijaaz Noohu, October 27, 2017

Ten Columbia alumni and current students are represented across three films playing at the Uppsala International Short Film Festival next week.


Iron Hands, written, directed & edited by Johnson Cheng '19, produced by Tianqi Zhuo '19, co-produced by Xixi Wang '19, with photographed by Shipei Wen '19. Iron Hands also screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, Palm Spring International Festival—where it won Best Student Live Action Short 15 minutes or less—Zero Plus International Film Festival in Siberia, LA Shorts International Film Festival, Heartland Film Festival, and the Reykjavík International Film Festival in Iceland earlier this month. Johnson also participated in the Reykjavík Talent Lab.

Pria, co-written and directed by Yudho Aditya, will play at the festival. This short is about a gay Muslim teen living in rural Indonesia struggling between the traditions of his upbringing and his romanticized idealization of the freedom of the West. Aditya is the recipient of the 2016 DGA Best Asian Student Filmmaker Award and the 2016 NBR Student Grant.  

Strawberries, co-written, directed & edited by Donggyun Han '19, co-written by Maggie Briggs '19, produced by Patrick Clement '19, associate produced by Minami Goto '17 & photographed by Yachi Yang '19. Kate, a shy and introverted tween, enlists her precocious best friend Marie to gather information on her distant crush Adam. Discovering he likes strawberries, Kate crafts a love letter and includes what she thinks is a piece of strawberry candy. When she discovers the candy was actually a condom, the two best friends race to find Adam before he discovers the embarrassing mistake.


Founded in 1982, Uppsala International Short Film Festival has since become Sweden’s premier arena for short film, having attained both national recognition of the Swedish Film Institute and genuine international renown. In addition, the festival is the most important international cultural event in Uppsala. Every year the festival shows more than 300 short films in five different sections exploring the diversity and richness of the short film – from new film to retrospective programmes, from fiction film, documentaries and experimental film to animations. The 36th Uppsala International Short Film Festival takes place during October 23-29, 2017.