2005 Inaugural Short Film Competition winner annoucement and list

The China-American Film Festival (CAFFC) announced the winners of its inaugural short film competition. Winning entries exemplified superior filmmaking technique, while exploring universal human relationships in cross-cultural contexts. The response to the competition was encouraging, and representatives of the festival wish to thank those who participated in the competition.

Top Winners

  • Kit Hui, "Missing" & "A Rainy Day" (Columbia University)
  • Tony Mosher, "Frijolito, Go!" (independent filmmaker)
  • Caryn Waechter, "God is Good" (Columbia University)

The biographies of the Top Winners as well as the synopses of their short films can be found at the CAFFC website.

Exceptional Merit

  • Jonathan Levine, "SHARDS" (American Film Institute)

Honorable Mentions

  • Yue Liu, "Tea & Coffee" (American Film Institute)
  • Steven Meyers, "Pilgrims" (independent filmmaker)
  • Elisha Miranda, "Blind Date" (independent filmmaker)

The three Top Winners will each receive a $1500 cash award and an invitation to be members of an American delegation traveling to Beijing, China in early May to participate in the prestigious Beijing Student Film Festival (BSFF) where their films will be screened. In addition, the American delegation will participate in screenings and discussions of five American feature films chosen by BSFF to commemorate different aspects of American cinema.

In October of 2005, the winners will again have the opportunity to have their films screened, this time at the China-American Festival of Film and Culture, held in Richmond, Virginia. This Festival will celebrate modern China and will feature films and scholars from China and the United States discussing the various diverse aspects of Chinese film and culture.

The China-American Film Festival wishes to acknowledge the contributions of Virginia Film Office, University of Richmond, the American Center for Educational Exchange in Beijing, and the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, which have been instrumental in the success of this program. The Rose Group for Cross-Cultural Understanding is honored to be able to facilitate this unique alliance of universities, film & media communities, and government agencies.


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