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9th FIRST International Film Festival held in Xining

Updated: 2015-07-31
By Lin Hanqing (chinadaily.com.cn)
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The ninth FIRST International Film Festival concluded in Xining on July 27. Hosted by China Film Critics Society and Xining municipal government, the event was aimed at introducing youth films of multiple themes to the audience.

“FIRST” stands for Freedom, Inspiration, Renaissance, Sharpness and Truthfulness. The festival committee designed the trophy in the shape of a brick, to encourage more young filmmakers to dare to accept failure and better themselves in the way of film making.

The festival committee also worked hard to help independent films to compete in the market. The film, Deep in the Heart, which won the best director and the best narrative feature awards in 2014, will meet the local audience in September.

Led by Jiang Wen, the festival jury included Dai Jinhua, Chang Chen, Bao Dexi, Yan Geling, Huo Tingxiao and Du Yuan.

During the press conference before the closing ceremony, all the judges said that they had intense debate while reviewing the nominations. The Taiwan actor Chang Chen, who served as the judge of FIRST International Film Festival for the first time, shared his thoughts and experience at the conference.

Video: Lin Hanqing & Huan CAO

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