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A GERMAN movie, "Silent Sea," won the Best Film award in the International Student Shorts Award at the 13th Shanghai International Film Festival.

It was made by Lena Liberta from the Hamburg Media School.

The theme of this year's competition, in Expo year, was "Better City, Better Life."

"Silent Sea" came on top of 928 shorts from 58 countries and regions, all telling various stories from cities around the world.

American Film Institute student Giulio Musi's "Echoes" got the Special Jury Award.

Lior Chefetz from the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, was honored as Best Director for "The Godmother."

"Project Silence" by Bruno Caticha from Brazil's Fundacao Armando Alvares Penteado garnered the Best Creative Idea award.

Best Animation award went to Israeli production "Miracle Lady" by Michal Abulafia and Moran Somer, who study at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.

"I was deeply impressed by the high artistry and creative ideas of the finalists," said Dai Liren, the jury president. "It's hard to believe that these shorts featuring mature and distinctive styles are made by students."

The International Student Shorts Award was introduced at the ninth SIFF in 2006 as a stage for young people to communicate with film masters and display their work.

It is one of the three major awards of the Shanghai International Film Festival, together with the Golden Goblet Award and Asian New Talent Award.

The student competition was co-sponsored by the Bureau of Shanghai Expo Coordination.


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