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Success At The Shanghai Student Film Festival

Last Friday and Saturday Mr Ekkel and Mr Sillet took 33 students from Years 7 to 13 to the Shanghai Student Film Festival. Two of the students that attended the event tell us all about the weekend event…

Our students taking part in various activities as part of the Shanghai Student Film Festival.

We both attended this amazing festival, which was a great opportunity for us to show and improve our media and filmmaking skills.

During the festival we made some good friends and we also learned new skills to edit and film, not only from our teachers, but we also learned from each other.

First of all, on Friday, we had a special guest, Beijing-based photographer Stefen Chow, who gave a talk about taking it one step at a time and not losing your target.

We then took part in the 8-Hour Film Challenge, in which we had to develop a 2-minute film, working in teams of 5-6 with students from other Shanghai schools. Each film had to be in a certain genre, from comedy to horror to Noir. We travelled to Pudong to film on location.

After filming and editing for 8 hours, we sat down to watch them all and the teachers decided on the winners. Marei was delighted to win second place! See all the winners form BISS Puxi below.

On Saturday, there were different workshops to take part in, including ones on digital photography and Final Cut Pro editing software. One of the workshops we found truly interesting was a directing workshop with Lee Valmassy, in which he talked about what it’s like to be involved in the film industry.

We also had the opportunity to have a Skype Q&A with Mark Sanger, the editor of Gravity, in which he talked about working with Alfonso Cuarón, the process of editing a film, and he even showed us his Oscar!

Finally it was time for the Student Film Award to be presented. Students from BISS Puxi did amazingly and won lots of the awards, you can see a full list below.

It was an amazing experience and we both returned feeling inspired!

- Media Students Erika Larrea & Marei Siewers, Year 10

Shanghai Student Film Festival 2014 Roll of Honour
BISS Puxi placements


Best Screenplay

WINNER – ‘Fine Line’ by Arne Janssen & Louie Evans-Kelly

Best Horror film

1st – ‘Birthday Gift’ by Morgan Welchoff

3rd – ‘Bits and Pieces by Arne Janssen & Louie Evans-Kelly

Best Sci-Fi film

3rd – ‘The Dream Dream Back’ by Diana Shi & Isabella Chen

Best Documentary

2nd – ‘Sidewalk Surfers’ by Bennet Held, Sam Stowe & Marcelo Machado

3rd  - ‘Urban Ninjas’ by Andreas Tromborg & Lucas Marchiondo

The 8 Hour Film Challenge

Students worked in groups of 5-6 with students from other Shanghai schools.

1st place – Maria Rodriguez

2nd place – Marei Siewers

3rd place – Chloe Liddiard

Congratulations to all our winners and nominees!

We will screen these films as part of BISS Puxi FILM NIGHT on 24 April.