At seven pm, October 29, 2017, the closing ceremony of the sixteenth International Student Film and Video Festival (ISFVF) of Beijing Film Academy was held in Beijing Film Academy standard screening hall. Some representatives of Beijing Film Academy school leaders, faculty members, representatives of strategic partners, domestic and foreign guests, the judges, the media and universities, as well as the domestic and foreign student director, volunteers and spectators got together to witness the glory of the moment of the sixteenth ISFVF!
The sixteenth International Student Film and Video Festival of Beijing Film Academy was opened on October 22nd. The film festival received 1116 student works from 58 countries and regions, and finally 82 works were selected. In the week, the teachers and students not only enjoyed creation style of young filmmakers from different countries and regions, got further understanding of the diversification of self expression and creation insights, but also had a series of academic exchanges with nominated student director, sharing creation details and experiences, promoting the teaching and improving students' ability of creation.
At the scene of the closing ceremony, the wonderful electronic music LIVE performance opened the prelude of theceremony. The fatastic combination of sound and lighting instantly ignited the warm atmosphere of the scene. The ISFVF closing ceremony was hosted by Guan Xiaotong, student from acting school of Beijing Film Academy, Lin Yilong (Indonesia) and Wang Huahua (Canada), international students from Performance school, as well as the famous CCTV host A Qiu as guest host.
Firstly, “the Audience's Favorite Works”award is presented. Ten works won the award, which is fully respected the wishes of the audience. The award-winning films were French short animation film Garden Party, American short film "When Pigs Fly", the Germany short animation film "Shine", Ecuador short film "Color Cage", the Italian short film“Flying Man”, Australian film "Dam" , Swiss short film "Dark Time" and Russian short film "FY" , German short animation film "Child", and the Chinese short film "Abdullah’s Wonderland". These films were awarded by 9 representatives of the judges, teacher Li Ershi, teacher Yu Fan and teacher Hongfan from the Film Literature department of Beijing Film Academy, teacher Guo Jinfeng and teacher Wang Shaobai from Director Department, teacher Zhen Zhao from Sound School, teacher Meng Haojun from Management School, teacher Lei Zaixing from Photography Department, and teacher Huang Ying from Animation School.
The next issue is the Chinese Excellence Student Award, film "Oasis" from the Beijing Normal University - Hong Kong Baptist University United International College and short animation film "Harry" from Tongji University won the award. The directors took the trophy from Qiao Liang, teacher of Beijing Film Academy, the famous Chinese youth director, and took photo on the stage.
Then, Qiao Liang announced Chinese Best Student Works Award. The film "Login Dinner" from Taipei National University of the Arts won this award, telling a story of an old man seeking emotional support in his lonely old age. Students watched exciting trailers of the film again. The director got on stage to receive the award in the warm applause.
The first round of the awards came to an end. The grade 2017 graduate student of management school, Ping Tiantian and her dance partner, brought an elegant waltz dance to the audience, which is combined with Cinderella theme, and reproduces a sweet love story.
Next, the closing ceremony also entered the next stage. Film "Leftovers", from Tel Aviv University Steven Siti School of Film and Television, was awarded the Excellence Asian Student Award. Film "Exam", from Beijing Film Academy, won the top honor, the Best Asian Student Award. Vice chairman of the Council of Beijing Film Academy, the International Student Film and Video Festival planning teacher Zhang Jian gave the awards for the films and took photo with award-winning director.
To further consolidate supporting young filmmakers cooperation plan, the ISFVF continue to cooperate with the Beijing Huayi Brothers Star Entertainment Polytron Technologies Inc in the establishment of "Huayi Star Special Award". Film “Invention of Trust” from Germany Munich film and TV University and“White Sheep in the Car”from Sichuan Fine Art Institute of China won the award. Teacher Li Ran, director of Beijing Film Academy International Exchange College, International Student Film and Video Festival Executive Chairman, came to the stage and presented the award to directors and gave encouragement and congratulations to them.
Then, the video has been played on the screen, showing seven days since the opening of the film festival, with all the unforgettable little details reappearing again. The successful holding of ISFVF is inseparable from the efforts of volunteers. In the commendation section of volunteers, Li Jin, executive director of Beijing Film Academy International Exchange College, executive director of International Student Film and Video Festival, presented the award to outstanding volunteers. The audience applauded to express their commitment and gratitude to the volunteers.
The next issue is the International Excellence Student Works Award, which is shared by three films. They are animation“Once Upon a Line”from the University of Southern California, “Donkey Xote”from the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts and“Nature All Rights Reserved”from Holland Utrecht School of Art. These three film had multiple style and different types. The deputy director of the school council of Beijing Film Academy, the International Student Film and Video Festival planning teacher Zhang Jian presented the award for the award-winning director.
Xin Yong and Lu Minxue, grade 2016 undergraduate students from the Sound School and Performing School brought the classic song "City of Stars". The mellow song brought the audience back in "Lala Land", feelings the separation and joy between the two protagonists.
The most exciting moment is the gold, silver and bronze award of the sixteenth Beijing Film Academy International Student Film and Video Festival. In a tense atmosphere, three awards were announced. Bronze prize was "Pickle" from America Chapman University. Vice president of Beijing Film Academy, International Student Film and Video Festival planning teacher, Professor Ni Yue hong draw the award. Vice president of Beijing Film Academy, International Student Film and Video Festival planning teacher, professor Yu Jianhong presented the award. Silver Prize is announced by professor Sun Lijun, vice president of the Beijing Film Academy, International Student Film and Video Festival planning teacher. "Suitcase" from University of Southern California of the United States won the award, but the director Abi Damaris Corbin could not attend the award on the scene. She recorded the live broadcast of the video for the audience expressing her sincere gratitude to the Film Festival Organizing Committee and the audience!
The ISFVF top award: Beijing Film Academy International Student Film and Video Festival Gold Award was announced by school board chairman of Beijing Film Academy, chairman of International Student Film and Video Festival, Professor Hou Guangming. "All of Us" from Hamburg Media Schools in Germany won the award. The film is a realistic style work with a profound theme and high quality as a student's work. The creators shows a great sense of the action scenes and characters emotion. The implicitly expression makes the story pathetique but not sensational, and the fate of the characters always pull at the audience's heartstring. The film director Katja Benrath could not come to the scene to receive the award, but she recorded the video to the guests and audiences, expressing her joy and sincere gratitude to the Organizing Committee of the film festival. The organizing committee learned that this film also won the gold medal of the International group Feature film in the forty-fourth Student Oscar Awards this October.
After the golden prize section, Professor Hou Guangming made a closing speech for the film festival. In the summary of current ISFVF activities, Professor Hou Guangming states: thanks for actively participation of the students from film and television University all over the world, hope that we can hold on the professional spirit, the spirit of breakthrough creation rules, and search our own style in the process of exploring the possibility of film future. ISFVF will accompany everyone to grow together, and meet everyone's arrival in a more open and inclusive manner. We expect more young filmmakers to release their imagination and realize their dreams in ISFVF!
So far, the sixteenth International Student Film and Video Festival of Beijing Film Academy has been successfully concluded. ISFVF is grateful to the Performance School, the Sound School and Management School and other related departments to support the work of the film festival. Thank you, the guests and audience, for your love and encouragement for ISFVF. In the past sixteen years, ISFVF has never forgotten its original intention, adhering to the purpose of "promoting individuality, exploring thinking, technological innovation and self expression", to cultivate new cutting-edge film power and promote multicultural communication. Film education is wonderful in communication, rich in learning, develop in tolerance. ISFVF will continue to promote cooperation and communication among film and television institutions in the future, and promote the new development of film education and creation.
Good time passes, we shall meet again. Next year's seventeenth ISFVF, Beijing Film Academy, looking forward to our meeting again!