Film fes­ti­val cel­e­brates 3rd year

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By MAYA LIU and JUSTINE HUANG in Van­cou­ver

The film in­dus­try plays a role in bring­ing peo­ple to­gether around the world.

The “Golden Panda” North Amer­ica In­ter­na­tional Short Film Fes­ti­val, which opened on Wed­nes­day, takes its part in that process se­ri­ously.

“The film in­dus­try is a ma­jor par­tic­i­pant in glob­al­iza­tion,” Jan Walls, pres­i­dent of the Cana­dian So­ci­ety for Asian Arts and pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus at Si­mon Fraser Univer­sity, said at a press con­fer­ence mark­ing the fes­ti­val’s third year, at Ex­ec­u­tive Air­port Plaza in Rich­mond, Bri­tish Columbia, on Tues­day.

“Par­tic­i­pat­ing in a film fes­ti­val like this al­lows our young peo­ple, our fu­ture lead­ers in the film in­dus­try, to not only show off their stuff, (but) also see what they are up against the world,” Walls said. “It’s an ex­tra­or­di­nary op­por­tu­nity for both Chi­nese and North Amer­i­cans in the film in­dus­tries.”

“To­day we are here to celebrate the fes­ti­val’s third birth­day, and we feel so lucky for this 3-year old girl be­cause she has got so many ‘moms’ to feed her and take care of her,” said Sandy You, vice pres­i­dent of Ori­ent Star Media Inc. “These ‘ moms’ are in­deed the or­ga­niz­ers, Cana­dian and Chi­nese gov­ern­ments, our part­ners, media spon­sors, judges, ad­vis­ers and all the par­tic­i­pants! She is grow­ing up and will never be medi­ocre be­cause of your love and sup­port.”

The ex­pand­ing fes­ti­val con­nects stu­dent film­mak­ers and film lovers from pro­fes­sional schools and in­sti­tu­tions in Van­cou­ver, Toronto, Seat­tle, Los An­ge­les and China.

The fes­ti­val also in­cludes a new seg­ment of one-month screen­ings of se­lected short films, which the public could view in a lo­cal theater.

This year’s fes­ti­val is or­ga­nized by CNTV, Ori­ent Star Media Inc, and CNTVNA. COM. Co­op­er­at­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clude G & E Stu­dio Van­cou­ver Inc, Toronto Film School, Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia Theatre and Film Depart­ment, Capi­lano Univer­sity, China Daily USA, China Lion Film Dis­tri­bu­tion (US), Art In­sti­tute of Seat­tle, Sing­tao Media Group (US), Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Univer­sity of China, China Youth Film Stu­dio, Tourism Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Guang­dong province, and the New Silk Road Fash­ion Group (China). Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Mi­cro Film Fes­ti­val is this year’s co­op­er­at­ing film fes­ti­val.

Oth­ers who at­tended Tues­day’s event were Richard Lee, B.C. MLA of Burn­aby North; Bill McNulty, Rich­mond City Coun­cil­lor; James Wang, Burn­aby City Coun­cil­lor; and Hua Chong, deputy gen­eral man­ager of China Daily’s Van­cou­ver of­fice.

“Ev­ery year, peo­ple ex­pect to see ex­cel­lent films from the ‘Golden Panda’ film fes­ti­val; this is the third year, and it is col­lab­o­rat­ing with more and more highly-val­ued co­op­er­at­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions … the so­cial in­flu­ence reaches a higher level each year,” Hua said.

“Bri­tish Columbia sup­ports the film­mak­ing in­dus­try,” Lee said. “When you make a film in Van­cou­ver, the gov­ern­ment will re­fund part of the cost spent in the film pro­duc­tion.”

The fes­ti­val’s web­page (www.cntvna.com/gp2015) is avail­able for all film­mak­ers to sub­mit their works online, start­ing July 1. The page also of­fers an online vot­ing sec­tion that is avail­able af­ter the sub­mis­sion dead­line on Oct 11. The film with the most votes will re­ceive the “Most Pop­u­lar Short Film Online” award at the Nov 20 awards cer­e­mony.

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