The annual Shanghai International Film Festival will open in the city from 14 June, one UK short made into the main competition.

As always, we are paying attention to the top film festival in mainland China and observing UK cinema’s presence and receptions. This year, only one short film made it into its main competition Golden Goblet. FLOATERS is a short film directed by UK based Chinese filmmaker Mo Yuan.


FLOATERS is a short animation. It tells a story about a woman’s life has been turned upside down ever since she noticed those strange floating strings in her sight.


Mocong ‘Mo’ Yuan is a filmmaker, animator and visual development artist currently based in London.

Before coming to the Royal College of Art to pursue her MA degree in Experimental Animation, Mo received a BFA (Hons) degree in 2D Animation from the School of Visual Arts, New York City.

Her bachelor’s degree film Cosmos Express (2019) was made an official selection in film festivals around the world, including London International Animation Festival, Raindance Film Festival and National Film Festival for Talented Youth. It received a prize for Character-based Animation Short at Los Angeles Animation Festival, and was nominated for Best Character Design at Beijing Film Academy Animation Awards. Her first-year film at the Royal College of Art, Catastrophe (2022), has been shortlisted for BFI Future Film Festival in 2023.