Monkey on My Back - Animated Short (Coming Soon)
Monkey on My Back just won the Gold Award among 16 teams in the startup tier at the 10th Animation Support Program in Hong Kong! It has also been officially selected for the World Festival of Animated Film, Varna 2023. More exciting news to come!
It’s 1980 and Jade Xiao, a once famous porcelain artist, is struggling to make ends meet. She is no longer the rising star of the Hong Kong art world and the pressures to stay relevant are pushing her towards a breakdown.
As Jade works late into the night, she suddenly finds herself face-to-face with a giant monkey who leads her through a terrifying journey into her psyche. Inspired by their own experience with burnout, director-writer team Crystal and Simon explore the complicated relationship creators have with their work. MONKEY ON MY BACK is for anyone who has turned their passions into a career, and struggles to maintain a healthy balance amongst the self-doubt.
Our team features a trove of talents from all around the world. We look forward to doing a festival run. Whether you're interested in screening our short film, would like to feature us in press - or just want to say hi, we'd love to hear from you!
Production Company: Amphi Productions
Direction, Production and Writing: Crystal Tai, Simon Paluck
Head of Visual Development: Marbee Tran
Storyboard: Crystal Tai, Houcem Boudaha
Cast: Phyllis Cameron Ung, Celia Lai
Visual Development & Animation: Nga Nguyen, Crystal Tai, Eileen Huang,
Houcem Boudaha, Gonzalo Sepulveda
Compositor: Gonzalo Sepulveda
Original Music: Alex Purdue
ADR Sound Recordist: Marco Furgiuele
Story Consultants: Kate Liu, Jeremie Becquer, Clement Burge
Special Thanks: Neco Lo, Toe Yuen, Lam Kee To, Anthony Lee, Polly Yeung, Honkaz Fung, Eddy Hui, Felix Ip
This animation was produced under this 10th Animation Support Program, funded by CreateHK.