The sixteenth International Student Film and Video Festival of Beijing Film Academy Opening Ceremony has been held in Standard Screening Hall at 7 o’clock, October 22, 2017. Beijing Film Academy school leaders, faculty representatives, guests at home and abroad, and film school students from all over the world gather together, feeling the charm of screen light in the collision and communication between different cultures, infusing dynamism and creativity for the development of film neo-generation.
International Student Film and Video Festival of Beijing Film Academy, with a high reputation, is the biggest international student film festival in Asia. The current ISFVF continues the initial intention and fine tradition of previous festivals, bringing all the participants a grand visual and audio feast with sincerity and enthusiasm. The organizing committee also make innovations and upgrades for all sections of film festival, concentrating on three keywords “international”, “professional”, and “youthful”.
This ISFVF have received 1116 films from 58 countries and regions in total. The participants come from approximately a hundred film and television schools all over the world. After a week’s screening, the International Student Film gold, silver, bronze awards and other 10 awards will be selected.
Nowadays, with the flourish of film industry and increasing diversity of film art, every ISFVF has set special screening section to promote the conversation among film and television schools all over the world. This ISFVF especially invites and shows a series of excellent student films from Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Art in Prague and Film and Television Institute of India. Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Art in Prague has a long history, which is also the founding member institution of European Art College Alliance, the international film and Television University Federation and its European branch. Founded in 1960, Film and Television Institute of India has a profound tradition of creative work education. Its graduates have produced many outstanding works, which have been highly regarded in both India and other international film festivals. For film festival audiences, it is no doubt a precious opportunity to watch more student films with wide international vision, communicate with creators and guests, and obtain the global viewpoint and information of filmmaking, acquire academic essence and provoke innovation inspiration.
There are also plenty of academic activity during the film festival, such as “directors in classroom” activities, “neo-academism” creation and communication meetings and Q&A section after screening. It enables teachers and students to discuss professional issues, to communicate with the young directors face to face and learn from them. Besides, this film festival continues the cooperation with Beijing Huayi Brothers Star Entertainment Polytron Technologies Inc. and set the “Huayi Star special award”, which provides opportunity for young creators in seeking further development of film industry. After the film festival, judges will bring excellent works to other universities nationwide for branch-screening, which also brings the greeting of global peers to more young filmmakers.
In the opening ceremony, the director of the Council of Beijing Film Academy, chairman of International Student Film and Video Festival of Beijing Film Academy Professor Hou Guangming gives opening speech. Represented all staff and students of Beijing Film Academy, he expresses sincere welcome and gratitude to the domestic and foreign friends, participating student creators, and friends who care and support film festival from all social circles. Professor Hou states, the sixteenth International Student Film and Video Festival is a gathering of global young students who love and respect movies, a platform of art exploration, ideology collision, cultural exchange and hope harvest. From the founding in 2001, ISFVF has received attention and recognition of college teachers and students all over the world. Beijing Film Academy will insist on paying attention and encouragement for students film and television creation, continue to build the warm, inclusive and open stage to film students around the world.
Subsequently, the representatives of global young filmmakers appear on the stage and set the launching ceremony of the film festival. Professor Xie Fei, founder of the film festival and honorary chairman, announced the opening of the sixteenth International Student Film and Video Festival of Beijing Film Academy, which pushes the atmosphere of opening ceremony to the climax!
The exhibited works have been shown in warm applause. Six of them first meet the audience: Australia, a Mexican film which depicts a woman longing for a baby; Cumulonimbus, a Romanian film focusing on children fighting with adult world; Color Cage, an Ecuadorian film full of thought and sarcasm; Abdullah’s wonderland, a Chinese film telling brotherhood between a boy and his younger sister; Garden Party, a French animation with wild imagination of animals nature liberation; The Cradle, a Russian film which has great ups and downs. This screening covers varieties of film types and themes, involving special range of film language. In Q&A section after screening, the creators of these films appear on stage, having discussion and communication with audiences on creation, theme and many other topics.
The sixteenth ISFVF successfully opened till now, there are more excellent works will be shown in the coming week. Let us expect and applause for the neo-generation directors!