On the afternoon of May 10th, more than 20 filmmakers working and studying in Los Angeles gathered at Hanhai Studio for our 1st Hanhai Short Film Screening Day.
Hollywood film music producer Elton Ahi, New York Film Academy Filmmaking Instructor Nick Sivakumaran, Hollywood directing and screenwriting mentor Fred Bailey, and the COO of Hanhai Studio Kelly Zhang attended the screening as judges. They evaluated the shorts in different aspects. Nick Sivakumara said to the young filmmakers, “As a director, your job is to tell the story.”
Four shorts were screened, and each had its own merits.
Emily, directed by NYFA student Jun Xia, combines familiar elements and excellent cinematography to create a unique horror atmosphere.
Symphony of Senses, directed by USC student Tim Wen, was greatly appreciated by the judges. Nick Sivakumaran said Wen’s work aroused a feeling of sympathy in him.
The action film, To Survive (English title: Take Care of Yourself), directed by UCLA student Golden Zhao, focuses on the racial discrimination Asians face in the U.S. The open ending leaves audiences with plenty of possibilities.
Beautiful World, directed by Teddy Wang, is a sci-fi film shot in China in Hunan province. Its clever structure and original soundtrack left a deep impression on the judges and the audience.
After the screening, competitors, audience members and judges mingled and talked with each other. The competitors said the comments given to them by the judges were very helpful and made them want to continue making films.
The Short Film Screening is part of Hanhai’s Young Filmmaker Jumpstart Program. Hanhai Studio also provides screenplay evaluation and translation and audition room renting services.
As the first pioneering Hollywood-Chinese cultural creative and technology incubator in the U.S., Hanhai Studio provides comprehensive services to help young filmmakers complete their projects and show them to the public. Breaking through the boundaries of language and country, Hanhai Studio aims to introduce high-quality film projects to U.S.-Chinese investors and distributors, linking talent and investors between China and the U.S.