Fes­ti­val to show­case short films

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSSAMERICAS - By PAUL WELITZKIN in New York paulwelitzkin@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

The 2014 Golden Panda North Amer­ica In­ter­na­tional Short Film Fes­ti­val, which al­lows young film­mak­ers to show­case their skills and tal­ent, an­nounced that it will ac­cept sub­mis­sions start­ing Aug 1.

The fes­ti­val will award six prizes on Dec 12 at the River Rock The­ater in Rich­mond, Bri­tish Columbia, Canada. They will be for best pic­ture or Golden Panda Award, best hu­man­i­ties film, best an­i­mated short, best direc­tor, best screen­play and most pop­u­lar short as voted on­line.

The Academy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sciences de­fines a short film as “an orig­i­nal mo­tion pic­ture that has a run­ning time of 40 min­utes or less, in­clud­ing all cred­its.”

At a news con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day in Van­cou­ver an­nounc­ing the open­ing of this year’s fes­ti­val, direc­tor Marater Zhang re­viewed last year’s event and en­cour­aged sub­mis­sions for this year.

Teresa Wat and Regina Tsui, rep­re­sent­ing the Min­is­ter Re­spon­si­ble for the Asia Pa­cific Strat­egy and Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, de­liv­ered con­grat­u­la­tory re­marks at the news con­fer­ence, and Chi­nese Con­sul Gen­eral Liu Fei con­grat­u­lated the event with a phone call.

Also at­tend­ing were MLA Richard Lee from the Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly of Bri­tish Columbia, Judge Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Michael French, Marc Roumi, win­ner of the 2013 Best Pic­ture Golden Panda Award.

The fes­ti­val is hosted jointly by cctv.com, CNTVNA.com and Ori­ent Star Me­dia. Coor­ga­niz­ers in­clude the China Sichuan Provin­cial Tourism Bureau, www.ipanda.com, Sing Tao Me­dia, China Lion Film, Capi­lano Univer­sity Bosa Cen­ter, CHMB AM1320, G&E Stu­dio Van­cou­ver Inc., China Daily USA and New Silk Road Model agency.

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Or­ga­niz­ers pose for a group photo af­ter the press con­fer­ence an­nounc­ing the 2014 Golden Panda North Amer­ica In­ter­na­tional Short Film Fes­ti­val in Van­cou­ver on Wed­nes­day.

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