Haohao Yan’s live action short ‘The Speech’ focuses on the 2003 SARS outbreak in China

Selected for Palm Springs International Shortfest

Starring Harmonie He, Gloria Xiong and Chedi Chang

Haohao Yan’s semi-autobiographical short The Speech focuses on three young girls during the SARS outbreak in China in 2003. This extraordinary short, which was selected of the CAA Moebius Showcase 2020 in May, is also in competition for the Best of the Fest Award and the Best U.S Student Short Award at Palm Springs International ShortFest, which will be screening online in June.

May 2003, Beijing, China. The SARS outbreak is real. The city is closed. Most students have been sent home. Inside a private boarding school, three eight-year-old girls have to find a way to make sense of the world.

Director Haohao Yan is a Chinese director and screenwriter who came to the U.S to pursue her B.A. in Film and Television Production at UCLA School of Theater Film and Television. She received her MFA in directing from the American Film Institute Conservatory in 2019. Her thesis film The Speech, a short film about three eight-year-old girls’ quarantined life during the 2003 SARS epidemic in China will be premiering at Palm Springs International ShortFest 2020. Prior to her directing career, Haohao received her BA in Producing from UCLA School of Film and Television, where she mainly focused and worked on Chinese-American co-production films.

The Speech will be screening online as part of the Palm Springs International ShortFest from June 16th to June 22nd.


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