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Future filmmakers at Shanghai Student Film Festival

ON March 17 and 18, 19 high school students from Shanghai Community International School Pudong attended the 10th annual Shanghai Student Film Festival. The festival is organized by a team of teachers from international schools in Shanghai, with the goal of providing a collaborative space for students to create and reflect on the filmmaking process.

The first day of the festival featured the eight-hour film challenge, where students were taken to a previously undisclosed location, grouped with students from other schools, and given the challenge of writing, shooting, and editing a two-minute film within eight hours.

This year the secret location was the M50 Art District on Moganshan Road. Upon arrival, students met their pre-assigned groups and began identifying production roles for each member of their team. They were advised to finish their shooting prior to convening at The Market for a “working lunch,” where they could eat and edit (frantically) up until the deadline. Guest judges arrived and the anticipation of the screening of the films grew. Despite some technical difficulties, all 27 films were screened and judged before the end the day. Awards were given to the top three films at the award ceremony.

This year, we were very fortunate to collaborate with the Vancouver Film School, as they hosted us in their stunning new facility on Shanghai University’s campus where their professors ran a variety of workshops for our students. March 18 began with an amazingly insightful and inspiring keynote address by Dreamworks head animator, Oliver Staphylas. He shared a true, behind-the-scenes, look into life as an animator, which has unsurprisingly resulted in an increased desire to create animated films from our students.

After the keynote, there were a variety of filmmaking workshops for the students to choose from, ranging from cinematography to scriptwriting to sound design. The day ended with the grand finale of the awards ceremony where SCIS Pudong once again received some fantastic recognition. Films created by Keith Leung, Yuan Lim and Benjamin Weng, and Javier Sanchez and Julio Schneider, and all took home awards for being final nominees in their respective categories. Leung created a much anticipated sequel to last year’s award-winning hit, Legoland, appropriately named Legoland 2, and this year he took home awards for Best Animation and, one of the biggest prizes of the night, the Best Non-IB Film. All in all, it was another fantastically successful festival!


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