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EU-China Short Movie Festival

Published Wednesday November 01 2017

Following the third high level forum between China and the European Union in the framework of People to People Dialogue in September 2015, the EU and China have concluded a number of agreements to promote cultural exchange. To further this process, the First EU-China Short Film Festival has been organized by the Delegation of the European Union to China for creating a platform for dialogue between short film makers of the EU member countries and China, especially between young artists.

The first EU-China Short Film Festival Award Ceremony took place at the Delegation of the European Union to China on September 28. It was organized by the Delegation of the European Union to China, The World and China Magazine and the China New Youth Cinemas Beijing Ltd. Each short film was no longer than 40 minutes, and they were all by directors under the age of 35. A total of 36 European filmmakers and 42 Chinese filmmakers participated in the competition.

Film trailers were presented at the event. EU Ambassador to China Hans Dietmar Schweisgut said that when they initiated the activity in December 2016, he did not expect that there would be so many people who would participate. "From the trailers we saw, you got the impression of the diversity of the films. They don't have any particular theme and they all have something to do with you in China, about how we see each other and what common features we developed and discovered," Schweisgut said. Several films received awards, including Latvia's Minotaur and China's The Cinema For the Blind.

Luxembourg was representated with Andy Bausch's short movie "Freddy" about Freddy Mercury and AIDS.

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