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Supporting Your Dream of Becoming a Filmmaker! The 3rd Chinese Korean Share Your Dream Short Film Festival at China's Beijing CGV.

Supporting Your Dream of Becoming a Filmmaker! The 3rd Chinese Korean Share Your Dream Short Film Festival at China's Beijing CGV.

Telling the diverse stories of their creators, films exude endless charm. There is an increasing trend for young filmmakers to plan and produce their movies on their own. And recently, a Korea-China cultural exchange festival took place to bring processes to the culture industry. It is the 3rd Chinese Korean Share Your Dream Short Film Festival. Now, we'll bring you lively news from the scene, which is leading the way in advancing the film industry's creative ecosystem.

The 3rd Chinese Korean Share Your Dream Short Film Festival

The 3rd Chinese Korean Share Your Dream Short Film Festival, which aims to advance the Asian film industry through fostering young, emerging directors and cultivating intercultural exchange between Korea and China, has ended in success. CJ Group has been hosting the festival in conjunction with the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries since 2014. This installment of the festival was held at Beijing CGV in China from November 24th to 26th.

And it was busily attended with the submission of a total of 375 films equipped with fresh ideas and stellar direction that suited the festival's slogan "Keep Your Dream Alive." The festival's jury comprised of renowned filmmakers from both countries, including Korea's Lee Seok-Hoon (director of the film “The Himalayas”) and China's film directors Wu Shixian and Xia Gang, elevating the festival's status even higher.

Directors Involved in CJ Culture Foundation's Project S Are Flourishing!

Over the three days of the film festival, 30 excellent accepted works including 7 prize-winning films in addition to 10 short films were screened and engaged audiences, including seven winning entries, and ten short films from Korean new directors were also screened. Directors Lee Soo-Yeon of "E.D. 571", Kyung Ji-Suk of "Your Wedding," Kim Kwang-Bin of "How to Pick a Lock," Lee Ji-Won of “Summer Night” — which won the Short Film Prize at the 37th Blue Dragon Film Awards held on November 25th — participated in the festival as representatives of young Korean directors, engaging themselves in cultural exchange with young Chinese directors as well with the audience.

"The scenario for a feature-length film has been completed through Project S, CJ Culture Foundation's program that provides support to emerging storytellers, and the film is ready to engage audiences. And I am very pleased that I am attending the film festival in the capacity of representative of Project S on behalf of Korea's young directors and that I can communicate with Chinese audiences as my short film now has Chinese subtitles added," said director Lee Soo-Yeon. She also added that if support to emerging directors and opportunities for cultural exchanges are to continue to be provided, it will be a great help for the advance of the Asian film industry.

Director Kan Ruohan Won the Grand Prize with His Film "Night Breeze"

Kan Ruohan's "Night Breeze" won the Grand Prize at the festival, having received the highest rating from the jury after a selection process. With the Sino-Japanese War as its subject, "Night Breeze" was highly praised for its unfolding of a compact yet colorful story in a limited space within a concentrated approach.

Wan Liyang's "Malice" and Wang Wu Wei's "Swim Home" each won the Excellence Prize, while Li Ji's "Hong Ying" won the Special Award from the Friendship Association. In addition, "Smiling 100-Dollar Bill," co-directed by Wan Tian and Lian won the CJ Dream Building Special Prize, and Tang Peiyan's "Very Bright Light" won the Media Creative Prize, and Lee Guanyi's "God of Cooking" won the Future Star Prize.

The final winning young Chinese directors at the awards will be given the opportunity to participate in a Korea training program scheduled to take place in January next year. And the program will serve as an occasion for them to network with renowned Korean film directors, producers, actors, and emerging filmmakers. We certainly look forward to the discovery of fresh and talented new film directors to boost cultural exchanges between Korea and China.

As an opportunity to boost cultural exchanges between Korea and China, the 3rd Chinese Korean Share Your Dream Short Film Festival focused on discovering unsung filmmakers. Let's all hope that the power of diversified content will be conveyed on the crest of the Korean Wave in the movie industry. Please give your cheers and applause to these filmmakers for their filmmaking efforts together with CJ Cultural Foundation!

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