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03/24/2016

2016 Golden Panda Cultural Immersion Trip prepares to launch

2015 Golden Panda Festival Award Ceremony

2015 Golden Panda North America International Short Film Festival Award Ceremony

 

With the passing of another year, the Golden Panda International Filmmakers Cultural Immersion Trip is now ready to depart. Golden Panda International Filmmakers Cultural Immersion Trip is organized by CNTV (China), Orient Star Media Inc. (Canada), CNTVNA.com and Golden Panda North America International Short Film Festival. This year’s trip will take the winners of the 2015 Golden Panda North America International Short Film Festival and a number of special guests to Beijing to experience the culture of the Chinese capital.
Members of this year’s trip hail from all around the world. They are: Christopher Lane (Canada), Toronto Film School faculty and 2015 Golden Panda Festival judge; Dara Kell (South Africa), director of “The Fighter,” winner of Best Humanities; Coline Dussaud (France), director of “The Chunk and the Whore,” winner of Best Screenplay; Wang Yimin (China), director of “Offspring of Mount Tianshan,” winner of Most Popular Film by Online Voting; Iris Moore (Canada), director of “Seeking Wing,” winner of Best Animated Short Film; Gary Lee (USA), director of “Aden,” winner of Best Director; Yao Qingtao (China), director of “Drunk Beauty,” winner of Best Picture; Liang Shuang (China), director of “Stepmother,” and Jeff Tan (USA) and Gabriel Furman (USA), director and writer of “Mother’s Day,” winners of this year’s Special Jury Awards; and model and actress Alexandria Kayy (Canada).

 

As China’s capital in ancient and modern times, Beijing is a city with a history of 3000 years. In the course of their trip, members of the tour will have an immersive experience of the soul and character of this age-old city. They will climb the Great Wall, pass through Tian’anmen, enter the Forbidden City, and pay respects at the Temple of Heaven, discovering the ancient seeds of modern China’s astonishing evolution. The group will also visit the iconic sites of the 2008 Olympics, the Bird’s Nest Stadium and Water Cube, as well as ride the high-speed rail to visit the city of Tianjin to experience the China’s rapid development on their way to “the Emperor's Ford”. Additionally, these international filmmakers and film enthusiasts will partake in networking and professional exchange with students from the Beijing Film Academy.

 

A trip to China would not be complete without experiencing Chinese cuisine. Among the various legendary food traditions of China, Beijing cuisine holds an honoured place: lamb hotpot, “fried sauce” noodles, Peking roast duck…how will our international guests from the film world respond to these feasts for their senses? This year’s Beijing trip will be filmed by a camera crew and made into a reality show, giving North American audiences direct access to the charms of China and the travellers’ heartfelt reactions. Be sure to tune in.

 

About the Golden Panda North America International Short Film Festival:

 

The Golden Panda North America International Short Film Festival was established in 2013 and has been held three times to date. The mission statement of the festival is, “From North America to the world, provide a springboard for the dreams of young filming talent around the world.” There are seven prizes offered by the festival: the Best Picture Award, Best Humanities Film Award, Best Animated Short Film Award, Best Director Award, Best Screenplay Award, Special Jury Award and Most Popular Short Film Online Award. The submissions are evaluated and awarded prizes by a panel of internationally recognized filmmakers.

 

The Golden Panda North America International Short Film Festival consists of four stages. First, the Golden Panda crew will visit schools and media institutions in North America to interact with students and call for submissions to the festival. Next, the submitted films will be posted on CNTVNA.COM for online voting and evaluation by professional judges. The finalists will be invited to the Awards Ceremony where the winners will be announced. All awarded winners will be entitled to a 7-day cultural immersion trip to China.

 

Since its founding, the Golden Panda International Short Film Festival has become an anticipated annual event in international short film circles and has received high praise from various sectors in North America. It has attracted the participation of organizations and schools from the USA, Canada, China and other parts of the world as well as attention and coverage by major America, Canadian and Chinese media.

 

The 3rd annual Golden Panda North America International Short Film Festival, held in 2015, was presented by China Network Television (CNTV), CNTVNA.COM and Canada’s Orient Star Media Inc. The festival received more than 900 submissions from around the world in a period of five months, including more than 360 from North America and 110 from China. This year’s festival received enthusiastic participation from more than 10 higher education institutes in the USA, Canada and China, including the Art Institute of Seattle, University of California-Los Angeles, Toronto Film School, University of British Columbia Department of Theatre and Film, Capilano University, Emily Carr University, the Art Institute of Vancouver, Beijing Film Academy and Communication University of China. The festival was supported by more than 20 film media and other partner organizations, including China Lion Film Distribution, independent film distribution platform Withoutabox.com (a division of Amazon), Sing Tao TV (USA), China Daily USA, China’s Youth Film Studio, the Beijing International Short Film Festival, the Tourism Administration of Guangdong Province and China’s New Silk Road Group.

 

Thanks to the success of campus promotional events, and the great participation from students, instructors, local governments, media, and various organizations, 2015 is another successful year for Golden Panda Short Film Festival to contribute to the international film ecosystem.

 

The Golden Panda North American International Short Film Festival has become a popular annual event among many international young short filmmakers. It is certainly a rising star in the North American film industry.

 

Members of 2015 Golden Panda International Filmmakers Cultural Immersion Trip took a group photo in front of a high-speed train at Guangzhou train station

Members of 2015 Golden Panda International Filmmakers Cultural Immersion Trip took a group photo in front of a high-speed train at Guangzhou train station



    Editor:Agencies | Source: CNTVNA


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