Shorts International to Bring Chinese Films to U.S. TV
HONG KONG – Award-winning entries from China’s largest shorts competition will soon be seen on U.S. and European cable networks.
According to a deal inked Friday at the China International (KingBonn) New Media Shorts Festival, Shorts International will air seven prize-winning entries from the four editions of the competition on its U.S channel ShortsHD, as well as on ShortsTV, a channel available in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Romania, Turkey and Eastern Africa.
In addition, Shorts International and competition organizers Shenzhen Media Group have also signed a strategic cooperation agreement “pledging joint efforts to support short filmmaking in China and in the USA and Europe,” according to a statement released to mark the signing ceremony, which took place in the Rose Hall of the China International Cultural Industries Fair in Shenzhen and was overseen by central and municipal culture officials.
The seven shorts on the slate include I Am Brave, Grandfather, Kiss, Moon Rabbit, Pig Sale, Birthday Gift and Happy Anniversary. The pieces were all drawn from the past editions of the shorts festival, which just concluded its fourth year with the best short film award going to Seven Minutes in the Warsaw Ghetto by Danish filmmaker Johan Oettinger.
The festival’s international collaborators include the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, the Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, interfilm Berlin - International Short Film Festival, Seoul International Extreme-Short Image & Film Festival, and Singapore Short Film Festival.