Best new film talent celebrated as SIFF Project winners
Renowned actress Qin Hailu won the Wanda Film Award for her directorial debut project. Pic by CFP
By Liza Li
The project “Summer Killed By Me” won the award for Best Talent Project last night at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival's SIFF Project award ceremony.
Created by director Zhou Houheng and producer Li Jing, it tells the story of a teenage girl’s unwitting actions that destroyed a family.
“The Song of Woman,” by director Xu Zhanxiong and producer Teng Jingshu, won the Most Creative Project award.
Renowned actress Qin Hailu won the Wanda Film Award for her directorial debut project, “Go It Alone,” produced by Chen Lizhi. It tells the story of an ordinary man named Wan Yi who works at a noodle restaurant and, after years of audition failures, embarks on a crazy journey full of surprises.
The SIFF Project has proven to be the key to success for 11 years, especially for emerging filmmakers and films with great potential. It is dedicated to diversifying the film market with more projects that offer insight into society and reality.
This year, a total of 380 projects from 21 countries and regions were submitted; 30 projects from six countries received nominations. Projects by veteran filmmakers, actors and emerging directors were featured.
Six of the nominated projects were selected for the SIFF Project Lab, a new section of SIFF Project that aims to provide practical training for young aspirants in all aspects of filmmaking.
This year’s trainers include producer Jessica Chen, director and cinematographer Lu Sheng, producer Shawn Pan and producer and festival programmer Raymond Phathanavirangoon.
Six projects selected to join SIFF Project Lab:
Lost in Promise
Director/Scriptwriter: Chris Dong
Executive Producer: Gong Lin
Snow in Hong Kong
Country/Region: Hong Kong China
Director: Yang Yufei
Scriptwriters: Zhong Qiu, Yang Yufei, Wu Boping
Producers: Zhao Tengfei, Du Ning
Director/Scriptwriter: Song Kunru
Producer: Huang Wei
Director/Scriptwriter: Long Lingyun
Producer: Liu Lei
Director/Scriptwriter: Wang Nianyi
Producers: Ge Hanzhi, Wang Zhen
On The Bus
Director: Gu Yingling
Scriptwriters: Gu Yingling, Fan Chenyun
Producers：Hao Jie, Feng Bolong
New Talent Projects：
Director: Na Jiazuo
Producer: Sara Ding
The Way To Heaven
Director: Liu Teng
Producer: Wang Sheng
Man With A Secret
Director: Wen Shipei
Producer: Wang Jing
Director: Zhao Long
Executive Producer: Yan Yunfei
Producer: Wen Yuxiang
Director: Wang Ziren
Producer: Cindy Mi Lin
Never Too Late
Director: Liu Shuo
Producer: Han Xiaoling
Summer Killed By Me
Director: Zhou Houheng
Producer: Li Jing
Director: Sara Sha
Executive Producer: Yang Shupeng
Producer: Liu Yanzhi
The Girl From Shanghai
Director: Wang Bo
Executive Producer: Gu Zheng
Producer: Sheng Zhimin
Go It Alone
Director: Qin Hailu
Producer: Chen Lizhi