Several Hong Kong students won top awards at the Across Asia Youth Film Festival in Singapore last week.
The festival’s gala screening, which took place last Friday, showcased 33 shortlisted films from 20 schools across Asia. The films were screened to a live audience and a panel of judges from the film and media industry. A total of 17 different awards were up for grabs at the festival.
Ewan Peter George Windebank, 15, from Rosaryhill School, received the award for the overall Best Film at the festival, and also won the award for the Best Film in the 13 to 15 age category.
His film, titled The Recital, tells the story of a student’s emotional turmoil as she deals with her tiger parents. “It wasn’t just me that deserved this award, but every single one of my crew helped me to get this,” Ewan said.
Ben Wishart, 17, from King George V School, won the award for the Best Film in the 16 to 18 age category. His six-and-a-half-minute film, Hooked, tells the story of several elderly Hong Kong fishermen. “I just like the sea and wanted to make a film around it, and the people in it,” he said, adding that he would like to continue to make more films in the future.
Ben’s classmate, Emily Pratt, 17, also submitted a film that was shortlisted and screened at the festival. Her film, Cher Eliana, explores ideas of love and human connection. Emily did not win an award, but she said she was still very happy with her effort.
The festival, which was held for the second time this year, highlights students’ creativity in filmmaking, while helping them to reach a broad international audience. The festival also included an “Industry Experience Day” last Thursday, where students had the chance to tour the Singapore offices of Lucasfilm and Infinite Studios.
Edited by Nicole Moraleda