Three AFDA alumni, have been selected to attend Looking China 2017. Aury Dunn, Maisha Mosala and Christian Grobbelaar will be traveling to Kaifeng Region in China from 4th to 21st July.
“I’m so excited! I have always dreamt of going to China and now I will have the opportunity to not only to travel there but also apply my trade and shoot a short doccie there. This is such a blessing. I am extremely grateful. I will do my utmost to make the best of this opportunity.” says Maishe Mosala.
The Looking China program aims to showcase the contrasting simplicity and glamour, the antiquity and fashion of China through the unique perspectives of young foreign film makers each of whom would make a 10-minute short film of Chinese culture with the one-on-one help from a Chinese volunteer as a way to enhance the international influence and attractiveness of Chinese culture and to strengthen the cross-cultural communication, exchange and cooperation among the younger generations in China and abroad. As of year 2015, AICCC has organized 201 young people from 22 countries including Georgia, Ecuador, Portugal, Belgium, India, United States, Mexico, Columbia, Australia, Serbia, United Kingdom, Romania, Korea, Canada, Ghana, France, Israel, Singapore, Finland, Syria, Japan, South Africa and Kazakhstan to make 200 outstanding short films that have won over 10 international awards.
The program is not only broadcasted on China Central Television, Beijing TV, Beijing People’s Radio and other mainstream media, but also won extensive attention through continued exposure by over 40 Chinese and overseas mainstream media including Xinhua News Agency, People’s Daily, Guangming Daily, Beijing Daily, CCTV, huanqiu.com, sohu.com, tudou.com, ifeng.com. The films have also been wide spread on Facebook, Youtube and other overseas social media, generating significant influence.
Last year AFDA alumnus Tristan Schafer won the Golden Lens Award at the Beijing Film Festival 2016 for the film he wrote, directed, shot and edited for the Looking China programme. The film “Blade Master” , follows a 6th generation sword smith in north western China..
Watch “Blade Master” here: