This experimental animation by Max Hattler approaches Hong Kong’s built environment from the conceptual perspective of celluloid film, by applying the technique of film animation to the photographic image. The city’s signature architecture of horizon-eclipsing housing estates is reimagined as parallel rows of film strips: Serial Parallels. “This captivating architectural animation draws a dizzying portrait of Hong Kong’s urban environment. Through the lens of the animated film, each floor or window corresponds to a film frame. The colors follow one another in a repetitive and rhythmic movement that plunges us into a meditative state that is both gentle and anxiety-provoking. A rhythmic escalation until the saturation of a space in which we finally lose our bearings. It is only when the sky appears to us that we can finally breathe the air we desperately miss as we climb the floors of these overcrowded towers. The experience is not unlike the one that the global situation has forced us all to apprehend individually from the windows of our respective habitats.” Jury Statement, Honorary Mention (Computer Animation), Prix Ars Electronica, 2020 AWARDS – DEFA Promotion Prize Animation (German Competition), Filmfest Dresden, Germany, 2021 – Prädikat “besonders wertvoll”, Deutsche Film- und Medienbewertung (FBW), Germany, 2021 (highest certification mark “especially worthwhile” by the German federal authority for evaluating and rating film and media) – Best Experimental Animation, T-Short Animated Film Online Festival, Germany, 2021 – Merit Award, 22nd DigiCon6 Asia Awards, Hong Kong, 2021 – Special Mention, 25th Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS, Latvia, 2021 – Off-Limits Award, Annecy International Animation Film Festival, France, 2020 – Best Abstract Film Award, London International Animation Festival, UK, 2020 – Best Animated Short Film (Les Nouveaux Alchimistes), 49th Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Canada, 2020 – New Signs Award (Audience Award), Lago Film Fest, Italy, 2020 – Sphinx Award for Best Video, Videomedeja Festival, Serbia, 2020 – Award for Best Film, Kinodot Experimental Film Festival, Russia, 2020 – Honorary Mention (Computer Animation), Prix Ars Electronica, Austria, 2020 – Mention Award (International Competition), CINANIMA Festival, Portugal, 2020 – Special Mention (German Competition), Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg, Germany, 2020 – Special Mention (Experimental), Festival Tous Courts, France, 2020 – Special Mention (Animation Avantgarde), Vienna Shorts, Austria, 2020 – Special Mention (Labo), Animatou International Animation Film Festival, Switzerland, 2020 – Honourable Mention (Professional Jury), Videoformes Festival, France, 2020 – Special Mention (Experimental), Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico, 2020 – Special Mention (Experimental), MalatestaShort Film Festival, Italy, 2020 – Award for Best Editing, San Giò Verona Video Festival, Italy, 2019 – Jury Mention, FIVA Festival Internacional de Videoarte, Argentina, 2019