Chinese Visual Festival, which ran from 8th May until 12th June in partnership with King’s College London, has recently announced the results of its first ever Jury Prizes.
First prize went to “Disorder” film by Huang Weikai. The jury’s comment on the film was “Disorder is an exciting and anarchic revival of the city symphony documentary that reveals the cruel energy of China’s social transformation.”
Second prize was awarded to “Lost Wall” by Pan Zhiqi. The jury’s verdict on the film was “Lost Wall is a sensitive, intimate and ultimately deeply moving portrait the struggle of a blind masseur and his girlfriend to sustain their relationship and survive on the margins of society.”
Third prize was given to “My Way” by Cheuk Cheung. According to the jury, “this beautiful film follows two young men committed to the fading tradition of playing female roles in Chinese opera as a path to self-realization.”
The animations of Xiang Jianheng earned a special mention for the unique vision of animations.
The Jury Prizes were selected by a team of distinguished experts and professionals – Chris Berry (Professor of Film Studies at King’s College London and co-editor of The New Chinese Documentary Film Movement: for the Public Record), Tony Dowmunt (Documentary film maker and Senior Lecturer in Communications, Goldsmiths University of London), and Guo Xiaolou (London-based film maker and novelist, author of A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers).
In total, during a 10-day program, 29 films from across the Chinese speaking world, almost all UK premieres, including documentaries, animations and fiction were presented at the festival.
The films cover a wide range of topics, offering glimpses of life in very different environments and presenting audiences with a huge variety of sights and experiences, from the rampaging pigs and chaos of Disorder, through to behind the scenes explorations of China’s institutions, private detectives, punk rock bands, blind dating, Buddhist monks and more.
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