At the conclusion of this year’s Manhattan International Film Festival, four young directors were recognized for their outstanding short films, which portray the dignity of the human person with creativity and depth.
1st prize was awarded to Taiwanese director Ya-Chen Cheng for her film “Cobain and His Raincoat”. This film went far beyond delivering an action-packed plot, but included excellent character development, presenting thought-provoking facets of human nature.
2nd prize was awarded to “Watershed” by Taiwanese director Ruei-Jin Huang, for her sensitive and honest representation of family relationships portrayed through beautiful cinematography.
3rd prize was awarded to Filipino director Kristine Zuniga for her film “Bimyana”. Her beautiful story of a young girl who is both innocent and courageous, is both inspiring and uplifting.
Finnish director Iina Lempiäinen received an Honorable Mention for her film, “The Silence Of Our Friends”, which takes a creative look at the theme of bullying and reminds us of the capacity for human excellence.
These winning films were screened at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office on Wednesday, March 25th, 6p-9p. Two of the directors were present, and the evening program also included an appearance by the WYA Chamber Orchestra performing Hummel’s Fantasie with viola soloist Faith Pak.
World Youth Alliance invites young directors to enter the 2016 Manhattan International Film Festival (application deadline December 7th, 2015). The 2016 festival will take place March 4-5, 2016. For all inquiries related to World Youth Alliance’s Manhattan International Film Festival, please contact Alexis Kende (firstname.lastname@example.org).