Student's piracy pic wins Chinese contest


BEIJING -- A 20-year-old student filmmaker from South China won a trip to Hollywood when his one-minute short about the ills of movie piracy bested a China-wide contest judged by Feng Xiaogang, the director of "The Banquet," the MPA said Monday.

The MPA-member company-sponsored award comes weeks after the U.S. filed a complaint about rampant movie piracy against China in the World Trade Organization.

Liang Jinwei, a sophomore broadcasting student at the Guangxi University for Nationalities, won the 14th Beijing Student Film Festival short-video production contest themed "Respect Copyrights, Stay Away From Piracy."

Liang's one-minute video short depicted the responses of young students to a teacher's questions about the meaning of the word "steal," the MPA said in statement from Hong Kong.

His film earned him a trip to Hollywood to visit MPA member company film studios.

The MPA estimates that 93% of all movie discs sold in China are illegal.

Contest jurors also included China Film Copyright Protection Assn. chairman Zhu Yongde and Zhang Pimin, deputy director general of the Film Bureau of China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television.
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