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Los Angeles International Short Film Festival Joins Hands with Hanhai Studio to Extend Education Arm
A major China Hollywood collaboration in film education and entertainment incubation
Los Angeles, CA (August 15, 2015) Los Angeles International Short Film Festival (LA Shorts Fest), one of the most prestigious and largest international short film festivals in the world, and Hanhai Studio, the first Chinese creative production incubator in the U.S., will jointly put efforts to extend the festival’s education arm and build entertainment incubators, which makes it a major collaboration effort to connect China and Hollywood in film education and capital investment.
This year, more than 30 films were submitted from China, an 80% increase compared to last year. The Song of Seashore, directed by Long Yang was selected to screen at the festival this year. It’s a short film to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the world’s anti-Fascist war and the people who suffer in the war. Moreover, a number of movies submitted were directed by Chinese filmmakers who study in top film schools in U.S., such as USC and Loyola Marymount University. Coupled with the fact that film business is booming in China, and opens doors to more China-US coproduction films, the film festival with education arm, entertainment incubators and China-Hollywood perspective is of significance to create a platform for China-US filmmakers, promote cultures between east and west and support Chinese filmmakers on an international level.
The new education program will offer a variety of courses from producing, directing, script writing, documentary, narrative, and animation. Master class, short-term training and US-China exchange program are also offered to meet China-Hollywood market needs. Hanhai Studio’s 80,000 square feet building at downtown Burbank will serve as the main campus.
With LA Shorts Fest’s affiliate festivals in New York, Toronto, Austin, Hawaii, and next year in Europe, qualified works will have the opportunity to exhibit on other festivals around the world. Hanhai Studio’s incubation platform will also actively look for investors and production companies for outstanding student works.
The annual Los Angeles International Short Film Festival has been successfully held for 18 years, and is one of the most accredited film festivals worldwide. It is an official qualifying event for the Annual Academy Awards (the Oscars) offered by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) short film awards, which means the award winners from LA Shorts Fest are eligible for Oscar nomination and to win BAFTAs. Within the past several years, there have been 44 Academy Award-nominated films from LA Shorts Fest, with 13 winning the coveted Oscar statue. This year LA Shorts Fest was recently added the eligible international film festivals for the Canadian Screen Awards presented by Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT).
Hollywood celebrities attend the festival each year, including Scarlett Johansson, Demi Moore, Courteney Cox and many more. This year, LA Shorts Fest has successfully attracted more than 8,000 moviegoers, filmmakers and entertainment professionals at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles.
“We achieve two key milestones as we enter our 20th year,” said Robert Arentz, the founder of LA Shorts Fest, “One is our move to the L.A. LIVE, and the second is the creation of the education arm of LA Short Fest, partnering with Hanhai Studio. This partnership will raise the international awareness of the festival.”
“Hanhai Studio is the first pioneering Hollywood-Chinese creative production and technology incubator in the US. We aim to create a zero-distance platform between Chinese creative production and technology companies with Hollywood through regular training, incubation, and investment,” said Hanguang Wang, chairman of Hanhai Zhiye, “with a first-class management team and rich industrial resources in China, we aim to provide powerful platform service and follow-up support for creative production companies.”
Known as the “backbone of Hollywood movies”, Burbank gathers major entertainment companies, such as Warner Bros, Disney, Universal, Cartoon Network, and animation production companies. From Hanhai Studio, students will have access to various studios, talent agencies, and post-production companies within minutes, since all these companies are within a few blocks.
Situated in the center of American film industry, Los Angeles International Short Film Festival programs will make full use of the resources around to build a world-class educational institution via active international cooperation, helping students develop skills and achieve dreams. The cooperation of Hanhai Studio and LA Shorts Fest is seen as an attempt to integrate Chinese incubator and Hollywood’s film industry. The positive interaction between the Chinese and the world’s filmmakers is believed to result in facilitating the transformation and upgrading of Chinese film industry.
About Los Angeles International Short Film Festival
One of the most prestigious and largest international short film festivals in the world with affiliate festivals in New York, Toronto, Austin, Hawaii and Europe. LA Shorts Fest is an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television qualifying festival. Winners are eligible for Oscar and BAFTA and Canadian Screen Awards. LA Shorts Fest gives emerging filmmakers from around the world a platform to display their talents. In past years, 44 participants have earned Academy Award nominations, with 13 filmmakers actually taking home the Oscar.
The event annually hosts more than 8,000 eager moviegoers, filmmakers and entertainment professionals seeking rising stars. Those who have been honored at the festival include directors, Jon Favreau, Paul Haggis, Bryan Singer, Jan de Bont, Shane Black and actors Gary Oldman, James Woods and Martin Landau. Attending celebrities have included Scarlett Johansson, Demi Moore, Courtney Cox, Tim Burton, Jason Reitman, Terry Gilliam, Spike Jonze, Eva Mendes, Rita Wilson, Ralph Macchio, Ricky Gervais, Vin Diesel and many more.
About Hanhai Studio
Hanhai Studio is the first pioneering Hollywood-Chinese creative production and technology incubator in the U.S. Established in January 5, 2015 in Burbank, CA, Hanhai Studio aims to create a zero-distance platform between Chinese creative production companies with Hollywood through regular training, incubation, and investment. With approximately 80,000 square feet at a central location close to Warner Bros, Disney, Universal, and Cartoon Network, Hanhai Studio situates itself at the forefront of Hollywood film, television, game, and animation industry. Hanhai Studio welcomes both Chinese and American creative production and technology companies to utilize its platform in creative production, animation and technologies.
Hanhai Studio is a joint venture of Hanhai Zhiye Investment Management Group, Xinhua Mobile TV and Tsinghua University Planning and Design Institute for Creative Industries. The company is a part of Hanhaizhiye’s international community of high-tech incubation centers, including those located in San Jose, Burlinggame, Boston, Toronto, Munich, and Vancouver. Together, with resources from all over the world, Hanhai Studio aims to connect China and North America through all channels.
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