Screenwriting contest winners announced

By Zhang Junmian
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A total of 15 winners were announced during the award ceremony of the 2013 Beijing International Screenwriting Competition held in Beijing on June 9.

A total of 15 winners were announced during the award ceremony of the 2013 Beijing International Screenwriting Competition held in Beijing on June 9. [Photo/Chinanews.com]

The winners include five feature screenplays, as well as ten short screenplays which comprise seven grand prizewinners and three first prizewinners.

The competition, launched in early March, received more than 860 submissions, which centered on Beijing, including its history, culture and life. Of these submissions, 305 are short screenplays and 556 feature screenplays.

Most of the contestants for the short screenwriting prizes focus on the stories of ordinary people in Beijing, showcasing how they pursue their dreams and find their identity in the vibrant metropolis.

Feature screenwriting winners are mostly from professional film and TV studios, with expertise in screenwriting. The five screenwriters impressed the jury with their impressive stories and imagination.

The competition, open to all US-based contestants of any nationality, aims to enhance the artistic collaboration between China and the United States and offers, to gifted writers, the opportunity to gain international recognition.

Winners List

Feature screenplay competition

First Prize: "The Monkey King" by Galen Tong; "Legend of Gong Shun Hui" by Gary Shockley; "Million Dollar Wedding Club" by Johnny Ma; "Tusk" by Joshua Banta; and "The Panjiayuan Diary" by Tim Plaehn.

Short screenplay competition

Grand Prize: "City Music" by Cameron White (Princeton University); "You, Me, Beijing?" by Crosby Selander (Carnegie Mellon University); "Patchwork Dreams" by Lee Quarrie (Arizona State University); "701" by Maya Rudolph (Columbia University); "You and Me" by J.S. Mayank (Loyola Marymount University); "Morning Song" by Pamela K. Johnson (American Film Institute); and "Plight of the Honey Bee" by Anita Gou (New York University/Tisch School of the Arts).

First Prize: "The Final Test" by Ben Li (Harvard University); "Dumplings" by Cody Marion (University of Southern California); and "Duck and Cover" by Michael Thai (University of Southern California).

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