Independent writer/director Mina Shum, born in Hong Kong and raised in Canada calls Vancouver home base.
Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity is Shum's third film. Long Life is an intimate comedy that uses magic realism to tell the tale of a community of working class Chinese-Canadians struggling to realize their financial, spiritual and romantic dreams.
Her second feature Drive, She Said premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 1997. The film was invited to the competition section of the Turin Delle Donne Film Festival in 1999.
As a director resident at the Canadian Film Centre, Shum developed her first feature-length film Double Happiness, that went on to be produced as the winning script of the New Views program funded by the National Film Board, Telefilm Canada, and B.C. Film. Double Happiness premiered at the 1994 Toronto International Film Festival, receiving the Special Jury Citation for Best Canadian Feature Film and tying in third place with Kieslowski for the Toronto Metro Media Prize.
Double Happiness garnered Canada's highest film honours, winning Genie Awards for Best Actress (Sandra Oh) and Best Editing (Alison Grace) with additional nominations for Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography. It also won 1995 Berlin Film Festival prize for Best First Feature.
Shum has written and directed seven short films, including Picture Perfect which was nominated for Best Short Drama at the 1989 Yorkton Film Festival, Shortchanged, Love In, Hunger, Thirsty and Me, Mom and Mona which won Special Jury Citation for Best Canadian Short at the 1993 Toronto Film Festival.
She recently completed You Are What You Eat, her first immersive video installation. Held over at the Vancouver Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Centre A), You Are What You Eat is a visceral, sensuous meditation on identity, community and place.
"Her directorial outlook is fresh, giving...real warmth and a light savvy touch." Janet Maslin, New York Times, Double Happiness review.
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