Celestial Launches Remake Competition with Beijing Film Academy and Youth Film Studio

Taiwan's Sylvia Chang joins the five-member panel of judges.

BEIJING -- Hong Kong-based Celestial Pictures, the Beijing Film Academy and the Youth Film Studio in Beijing announced on Tuesday a competition to see what young graduate can best remake selected classic Chinese films from the Shaw Brothers library that Celestial controls.

Part of a New Directors Workshop seeking to discover and nurture the next generation of Chinese filmmakers, the competition is open to the 2011 graduating class as well as past graduates of BFA’s directors program, Celestial said in a statement.

Five story treatments selected from all entrants will be short-listed by a panel of judges to be further developed into full-length screenplays and the five filmmakers each will get 20,000 yuan ($3,037). It’s the aim of the program to see the top three screenplays produced.

“We possess a vast pool of iconic stories and characters which have inspired countless filmmakers,” Ross Pollack, Celestial CEO said in a statement. “We are privileged to bring this significant resource to China and have participants create screenplays and, ultimately, films which will entertain a whole new generation of fans.”

Included among the ten Shaw Brothers classics selected for this competition are: the martial arts film Brothers Five, starring Cheng Pei-pei; the 1984 romantic drama Behind the Yellow Line starring Maggie Cheung with Hong Kong legends Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui; the gangland action drama The Bloody Escape starring Chen Kuan-tai; and the Wong Jing comedy hit Girl with the Diamond Slipper.

“This is the best training for our students to become well-rounded filmmakers," Xie Xiaojing, vice president, Ph.D supervisor and professor of Beijing Film Academy and manager of Youth Film Studio, said.

Joining the panel of five judges is award-winning actress and filmmaker, Sylvia Chang (20/30/40Tempting Heart). The remaining judges will comprise of two executives from Celestial Pictures and two executives from BFA and YFS, respectively.

Chang also will mentor one of the winners and in cooperation with Celestial Pictures, help produce his or her script. Concurrently, Celestial Pictures, BFA and YFS plan to select two additional winners and jointly produce their screenplays.  

“I hope that with this opportunity, I can offer my experience and help them realize their dreams a little sooner,” Chang said.

Headquartered in Hong Kong, Celestial Pictures is a subsidiary of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia based ASTRO ALL ASIA NETWORKS plc.