Reported by Celso De Guzman Caparas
Multi-awarded director Brillante Mendoza is Jury President at the 1st MovieZone Short Film Festival, August 1-31, based in China.
Jury members are :
• Director, scriptwriter Paolo Genovese of Italy;
• Actor, film critic, scriptwriter, producer Manfred Wong of Hong Kong;
• Actress, singer Hao Lei of China and
• Producer, actor, writer, curator, Beijing Film Academy professor Zhang Xianmin of China.
The news was relayed by Mendoza himself to this author via Facebook Messenger.
Meanwhile, the FilmFreeway published the following information about the said film festival in their official website:
"The MovieZone Short Film Festival is a new festival jointly hosted and organized by the MovieZone application and Movie View magazine.
It is open to short films of all genres from around the world, aiming to promote original and entertaining short films and make them available to the general public in China.
It will take place online via the MovieZone application, but all the short films will be geo-blocked to allow only Chinese audience to watch them. There is no submission fee to enter films.
The Festival will be divided into two main categories:
The Panorama section will include “Europe-Asia Visions”, “Student Perspectives”, “Best of the Best”, “Signature Collection”, “MovieZone Spotlight”, and will be continuously uploaded during the festival, allowing audiences to watch 100+ acclaimed international short films.
Films in competition will be competing for five money prizes: Best Short Film, Jury Prize, Best Director, Best Creativity and Audience Award.
A jury of international and domestic professional filmmakers will award them.
Awards & Prizes
Best Short Film：8000 USD and certificate
Jury Prize: 4000 USD and certificate
Best Director: 1000 USD and certificate
Best Creativity: 1000 USD and certificate
Audience Award: 1000 USD and certificate
*Prize amount is subject to tax regulations of the People’s Republic of China."