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Animaze Daze in Cannes Selection Pokey Pokey by Junjie "Jake" Zhang

A father attempts to figure out the best way to protect his son from seeing filthiness of the crime-ridden city, discussing the over-protection phenomenon to children and related social issues.

  • Junjie "Jake" Zhang
    Director
     
  • Junjie "Jake" Zhang
    Writer
     
  • Zhen Zeng
    Producer
     
  • Pantawit Kiangsiri
    Music Composer
     
  • Katie Gately
    Sound Designer
     
Director Biography

Junjie “Jake” Zhang is an independent animation artist, illustrator and educator living in LA and Hong Kong. He likes to explore and develop different visual styles to express his artistic opinions and stories. Most of his films are black-humorous, ironic and fantastic, reflecting social and political issues indirectly. Jake Zhang holds a BA in Digital Media from China Central Academy of Fine Arts and a MFA in Animation and Digital Arts from University of Southern California. His films have been awarded and selected in festivals all over the world, including 
Domination in 58th CINE Golden Eagle Award (2015), the Best 2D project in The Vision Feast (2016), Storytelling Designation Winner in Adobe Design and Achievement Award (2015), Distinction Award in Athens Animation Festival (2016), Winner in Animaze Animation Day in Cannes Film Festival (2016), Official Selection in KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival (2015), Corfu Animation Festival (2015), Cutout Fest International Animation and Digital Art Festival (2015), Animasyros International Animation Festival (2015) and Melbourne International Animation Festival (2014). Currently, Jake lives in Hong Kong, where he is a professor of animation at Savannah College of Art and Design, Hong Kong. 

Director Statement

A father starts a journey to figure out the best way to protect his son from seeing filthiness of this crime-ridden city.

Pokey Pokey is a short animated film that discusses the arising trend of over-protecting children. When it comes to protecting children's innocence, how far will human go? Since children will eventually grow into adults, and every society will always has its light and shadow, is 'shield kids away from sex and violence' really about protecting children's innocence? Or is it about the fear of children growing up?

 

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