New talent enthusiasts join festival award jury panel
“Young people can offer something surprising and films made by young filmmakers are free of pre-conceived notions,” Wang Xiaoshuai said during the festival yesterday. Pic by CFP
By Liza Li
Chinese director Wang Xiaoshuai is heading this year’s Asian New Talent Award jury panel at the ongoing 20th Shanghai International Film Festival.
Wang's film “Shanghai Dreams” won the Jury Prize in Cannes and his “In Love We Trust” won the Silver Berlin Bear Award for Best Screenplay.
“Young people can offer something surprising and films made by young filmmakers are free of pre-conceived notions,” Wang said during the festival yesterday.
He suggested the Golden Goblet Awards should consider nominating films by new filmmakers and open the door for excellent works.
Wang is joined on the jury by Malaysian filmmaker Tan Chui Mui. Her first feature film, “Love Conquers All,” won the Tiger Award at Rotterdam International Film Festival and the New Currents Award at Pusan International Film Festival.
“Young people have their own opinions and do things their own way," Tan said. "I think that is right, and they shouldn't let other people tell them how to make films. The important thing is to just try and do it,” she added.
Also on the jury is Chinese cinematographer Dong Jingsong. His work on “Black Coal, Thin Ice” won the Golden Bear Award at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival and the 8th Asia Pacific Screen Award for Achievement in Cinematography.
“My experience is to be totally open minded. Films can spark something very different and energetic,” Dong said.
American producer Michael J. Werner, member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is an old friend of Shanghai and the film festival. He has helped new Asian filmmakers enter the global market and worked on multiple Asian productions.
He said yesterday that watching nominated films from a jury perspective is very different to seeing them through a producer’s eyes. He said as a jury member he is looking for the unique and touching aspects of films rather than how to sell them in the market.
“When you are young you should have the strength of conviction and don’t be afraid of failure,” he said.
Taiwanese actor Hsiao-chuan Chang is also on the jury panel. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Best New Performer at the 43rd Taiwan Golden Horse Film Festival for his performance in “Eternal Summer.”
He also won the Best Actor award at the 14th Taipei Film Festival for “Girlfriend, Boyfriend.”
The award ceremony for the Asian New Talent Awards will be held on June 23.
Director Wang Xiaoshuai, Chinese Taiwan actor Chang Hsiao Chuan, Chinese photographer Dong Jinsong, Malaysia female director Chen Cuimei, American producer MichaelJ.Werner presents. Pic by CFP