Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Student winners offer powerful work

Yan Zhang production
Guan Xi

Three students, from Texas, Los Angeles and the United Kingdom, received awards in the 2016 competition. The Student Certificate winners were:

Tyler Driskill, Driskill Films, Austin, Texas, for “Good Luck Bub,” about a “boneheaded bank robber” who ends up stuck with a strange girl. The cast included Jill Bailey and Zack Scott. Driskill studied at the Art Institute of Austin. His website is www.driskillfilms.com

Guan Xi, a master of fine arts graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, won for “Mandala,” a film about Tibet, love, death and reincarnation. She is a native of Beijing. Read an interview with her at https://cinema.usc.edu/news/article.cfm?id=15211

Yan Zhang, United Kingdom, for “The Flavor of the Moon,” a story of a rejected lover who finds his way back to her heart through the moon. The writer was Na Zhao. Yan, a language student at International House, London, showed her film in the short film section at the Cannes Film Festival 2016. See her experience there at http://www.ihlondon.com/news/2016/ih-london-student-show-film-at-cannes/

The 2016 competition delivered 146 awards, including 10 Gold Camera, 36 Silver Screen, 88 Certificates for Creative Excellence and the student awards. 

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