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US International Film & Video Festival Award Winners
 
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"A LEADERLESS UPRISING" (HONG KONG)
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DOCUMENTARY: Breaking News Stories

Entrant: Radio Television Hong Kong
Production Company: Radio Television Hong Kong
Executive Producer: James Ma; DOP: Leung Chi Fung, Cheung Yau Sun
Additional Credits: Producers: Salice Lau, Carman Ho, Tracy Wong; Sound: Lam Chun Yin,
Chan Chun Kit; Editors: Wong Yiu Wai, Wong Chun Pong, Ng Kam Man



Joining unauthorised assemblies, occupying roads, confronting the police and breaking gates and doors of legislative council complex are illegal, interviewees were therefore under great risk of being recognised and arrested when accepting interviews, especially being filmed by broadcasting media, which made it extremely difficult to interview a protester who would admit to have taken part in riots. And when we eventually managed to find one who consented to be interviewed, we then faced the challenge of tracking their actions as their plan was ever changing given the police’s effort to contain them. Every time when we asked about their next move in order to prepare for the shooting, they would reply they had no clue as they were staying put and needed time to discuss. Flexibility was the main feature of the leaderless uprising, which was unfortunately an obstacle to the entire documenting process. Furthermore, police frequently used tear gas and batons, so it was very dangerous for us to film between protesters and the police, particularly when we tried to follow our interviewee who ended up being beaten by the police. With ever-lasting chaos, it was hard to keep locating our interviewee when all protesters were wearing black clothes and masks, while reaching them by phone calls was also impossible under such chaotic environment. Throughout the whole process the most difficult part was to document the damages to legislative council complex. We started shooting at 5am on that day trying to capture the protesters’ confrontation with the police and followed them as they broke in the legislative council complex in the afternoon. Due to serious tension between the police and protesters, we were not allowed to go back to the complex once we left, so we were forced to stay while batteries was running short after filming for nearly 19 hours without any meals and team rotation.


"A SONG FOR LOVE - AN APE WITH AN APP" (AUSTRIA)
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DOCUMENTARY: Nature, Wildlife

Entrant: Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH, Vienna
Production Company: Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH, Vienna


Two wild gibbons have a professor and a pop star to act as high-tech matchmakers! The story is of spectacular wildlife and is as dramatic as any opera. Our young would-be lovers are Skywalker Gibbons, a new species announced in 2017, and an ape like us. There are only a handful left, scattered in the spectacular Gaoligong Mountains on the China-Myanmar border. A gibbon’s life revolves around song, and their calls can be heard for miles. A lone female sings across the jungle in the hope of winning a life-long partner. A single male lives twenty miles away – but they can’t find each other over the huge terrain. It’s a crisis for a new and important species – and calls for an extreme solution. Because without them singing a duet across a valley, they will never become a couple.


"A STRANGER IN SHANGHAI" (JAPAN)
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Best of Festival Winner - ENTERTAINMENT
ENTERTAINMENT: TV Movie / Suspense

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Tokyo
Production Company: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Tokyo
Producers: Natsuko Katsuta,Maiko Itagaki; Director: Taku Kato
Additional Credits: DOP: Nobuyasu Kita; Editor: Shuichi Kakesu; Sound: Atsushi Wada


To recreate the China of 100 years ago in 8K, we shot almost the whole drama on outdoor sets in Shanghai. Thirty Japanese crew members who served as section chiefs and 180 Chinese crew members overcame culture gaps and worked closely together. Dramas depicting China at the beginning of the 20th century tend to have pronounced military and political aspects. This drama is unique in that it also includes whimsical scenes that give a depiction from the perspective of a writer, i.e., a man of culture. During an interview with a famous politician, the protagonist, Akutagawa, who does not understand Chinese, lets his focus wander off to a stuffed alligator that is mounted on the wall. His unique point of view is full of the romanticism of a scholar of literature. For instance, he imagines that a beggar in the street is a saint in a Chinese chuanqi novel. At the same time, the politicians and intellectuals he visits as a newspaper correspondent include a surviving retainer of the Qing Dynasty, a revolutionary follower of Sun Yat-sen, and one of the people who ultimately established the Chinese Communist Party; they form a lineup that is ample for grasping the contemporary situation and political background. As the wandering stranger Akutagawa sees the way people lived in the Shanghai of those days and interacts with people in its back alleys, viewers will, through his eyes, sense the strange power of the times and witness a turning point in history.


"A_SHER_FEAST" (TAIWAN)
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CORPORATE: Advertising/Marketing: Business-to-Consumer

Entrant: Yuan Ze University, Taoyuan City
Sponsor/Client: Silks Hotel Group, Taipei
Production Company: Yuan Ze University, Taoyuan City
Dir/Prod/DOP: Shih-Ming Chang; AD: Chia Hsien Chen
Additional Credits: 2nd Production Company: Wizard Films, New Taipei City;
Producer: Shih-Lei You


In orde to show the change of traditional upscale Taiwanese banquet, this video begins with a scenario of “A-Sher Feast” at 1950 to nowadays. The video conveys the intention and creativity of Regent Taipei by highlighting close-up views of a rich variety of ingredients and cooking methods, as well as magnificent and memorable meals.


"ACTUALLY" (SWITZERLAND)
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CORPORATE: Public Relations

Entrant: Seed Audio-Visual Communication, Zurich
Sponsor/Client: Mibelle Group, Buchs
Production Company: Seed Audio-Visual Communication, Zurich
Producer: Felix Courvoisier; Director: Daniel Leuthold;
Additional Credits: DOP: Rafael Kistler; Editors: Daniel Leuthold, Wolfgang Weigl;
Bastian Hertel



The film conveys the competences of the Mibelle Group and expresses the underlying attitude: never to be completely satisfied, to question the status quo and look for even better solutions.


"AFTER THE UMBRELLA MOVEMENT - THE VERDICT" (HONG KONG)
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DOCUMENTARY: News Features/Segements

Entrant: Radio Television Hong Kong
Production Company: Radio Television Hong Kong
Exec. Producer: James Ma; Producer: Luther Ng
Additianl Credits: DOP: Chu Tak-on, Wilson Au; Sound: Hui Long-hin;
Editor: May Au


One of the special approach of this production is the producer only use one theme song music to connect the different parts of the story. The music song is called, “Beyond the Umbrella”, written in 1993 by a Rock band star who passed away. His other songs, many of them are about peace and looking for utopia, were popular and being sang by the crowds during the Occupy Movement. With the music style and the lyrics of “Beyond the Umbrella”, it shows how Hong Kong people feeling uncertainties after the government suppressed the Occupy Movement. In the story content, the producer focused on the two characters, Chan and Shiu. One was a nearly 60-year-old professor and one was a social worker and legislator. They were already famous and had good salaries. The producer told more about the two’s backgrounds and their thinking and belief to inspire the audience why they decided to sacrifice their own benefits and participated in the movement. Among the nine leading activists of the 2014 occupy movement, Chan and Shiu would have sentences handed down to them in April 2019. Before the hearing, we spoke to Chan, the co-founder of the Occupy Central Movement, and lawmaker Shiu, who told us how they felt as well as their hopes for Hong Kong. The production team followed the two cases three months before the hearing to record their situations. The Occupy Movement, which lasted 79 days, was the largest social movement in Hong Kong in recent years. The story wanted to inspire the audience to think: What significance and influence does it have for Hong Kong? The democratic camp’s fight for universal suffrage has gone in vain. With the pro-establishment camp in control, supporters of democracy in low spirits and a society torn apart, what lies in store for Hong Kong?
Luther Ng (Producer), James Ma (Executive Producer)


"ALAB (ABLAZE)" (PHILIPPINES)
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DOCUMENTARY: Biography

Entrant: ABS-CBN Corp., Quezon City
Production Company: ABS-CBN DocuCentral


Aired during the Philippines’ Fire Prevention month as a public service — disseminating crucial information and imparting valuable lessons to the viewers about the dangers of fires — the documentary follows volunteer firefighters as they respond to fires and offers a peek inside the fire station camaraderie and the raw, emotional feelings of their everyday battles to save a life, to rescue a comrade. Footage from helmet and body cameras, as well file videos, of firemen battling raging fires give viewers a rare inside look into what goes on during fire incidents all over the metro. 


"ALPS AT THEIR VERY BEST" (AUSTRIA)
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CORPORATE: Tourism Films

Entrant: Zell Am See-Kaprun Tourismus, Zell Am See
Sponsor/Client: Zell Am See-Kaprun Tourismus
Production Company: Beech Studios Tree Group GmbH & Co. Kg
Peter Döring, Andreas Gschossmann
Special Credit: Hello München Gmbh - Florian Binder


"Finally connected! In Zell am See-Kaprun there are two new superlative cable car connections in the winter season 2019/2020. The 3K K-connection now takes you from the valley in Kaprun directly to the Kitzsteinhorn glacier ski resort and the zellamseeXpress for the first tim from the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn to the panorama and family ski area Schmittenhöhe. Thanks to the new "Ski ALPIN CARD" ticket network, you can enjoy 408 premium piste kilometres including a glacier ski resort with 100% snow-reliability."


"ANG BABAE NG BALANGIGA (THE WOMAN OF BALANGIGA)" (PHILIPPINES)
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DOCUMENTARY: History

Entrant: ABS-CBN Corp., Quezon City
Production Company: ABS-CBN DocuCentral


Over a century ago, in 1901, the United States suffered its worst defeat at the hands of Filipinos. The people of Balangiga town in Eastern Samar province fought back against American forces and began an uprising. There was a woman who played a pivotal role in the Balangiga encounter, but history has seemingly forgotten about her. Her life story has been told and retold by the very few who still know of her… until no one could ascertain where truth ended and legend began. “Ang Babae ng Balangiga” (The Woman of Balangiga) brings the story of Visayan heroine Casiana Nacionales back to the fore and finally putting a face to the name, while also being a departure from the news coverage style of reportage the public has seen so far in relation to the return of the Balangiga bells to their original home in San Lorenzo de Martir town in December 15, 2018.


"BAYLOR HOSPITAL" (UNITED KINGDOM)
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CORPORATE: Fundraising/Development

Entrant: Myriad Global Media, London
Sponsor/Client: Baylor Hospital of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital
Production Company: Myriad Global Media USA Inc
Director: Perry Miller; Editor: Nick Christie
Additional Credits: Producer: Keiko Negai; Exec. Producer: James Thompson;
DOP: Kurt Kuykendall


Myriad put together a team of talent professionals to make this production high-quality and effective from start to finish. In the early stages, our director and producer collaborated with medical professionals to research deeply into PAS, and to understand more about the condition. This enabled the team to create an engaging and moving storyline for the audience that individuals could empathise with. The Myriad VR team then began to create the first stages of the synthetic environment in which we would use to train professionals in. Aspects of this were then included in the video to illustrate the overall look, feel and the functionality of the VR training programme. During the planning phase our director and writer spoke the main interviewee to hear her story and to understand how she would like to portray what is a sensitive and very personal story. The shooting script and interview questions were then developed and the pre-production planning got into top gear. Filming took place over 2 days at the Medical Centre in Houston at BCM and Texas Childrens Hospital. Post-production then kicked-off with the overall goal of having a film completed within 2 weeks so it could be used to raise awareness just before the busy December holiday season. The director and producer worked closely together, to combine the interview pieces with animation, live-action footage. The film also included an engaging soundtrack of atmospheric sound, interview sound bites and simple music. In the final stages a high-quality picture grade and professional sound mix was undertaken prior to delivery


"BE AFRAID: THE SCIENCE OF FEAR" (CANADA)
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DOCUMENTARY: Science, Research, Technology

Entrant: 90th Parallel Productions Ltd / Toronto, ON
Production Company: 90th Parallel Productions Ltd / Toronto, ON
Producers: Rita Kotzia, Gordon Henderson, Stuart Henderson
Additional Credits: Director/Writer: Roberto Verdecchia


Why do some people seek out scary experiences, while others avoid fear at all costs? Why does fear spur some to fight and yet leave others frozen? Despite fear being as old as life itself, scientists are discovering new puzzles and new answers about how we humans—and our brains—process this most basic of emotions. Written and directed by Roberto Verdecchia, BE AFRAID: The Science of Fear is a fun, freaky and fact-filled tour into the latest research on whether we have built-in fears, why some people approach danger while others avoid it, and the dramatic treatments freeing some people of their phobias. We travel through the strange and exciting places where fearless researchers dare to tread: haunted houses, horror video games, motocross stunt tracks, and full-on VR labs. If a “cure for fear” really has been discovered in the Netherlands, should we all live without fear? A mysterious woman who can’t feel fear reveals what that is actually like. Through an intriguing mix of experiment and old-school scare tactics, scientists are learning how this most primal of emotions can help us overcome obstacles, stay safe in the midst of danger, and even—can you imagine?—find peace. So sit down, turn on all the lights, lock all the doors, and enjoy the show.


"BEST CHOICE" (SWITZERLAND)
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CORPORATE: Public Relations

Entrant: Beck & Friends GmbH, Zürich
Production Company: Beck & Friends GmbH, Zürich
Producer: Peter Beck; Direcetor/Editor: Peter Beck, Bernie Forster
Additional Credits: Cinematographer: Alexander Szombath; Sound: Archive / Tonstudios Z


The main objective of the entry is creating a surprising and sympathetic image of the company. What does Bystronic stand for? What is our vision and with what passion do we support our customers? What technologies and services are we developing to provide this support? And what will tomorrow’s sheet metal processing world look like? To all these questions there is only one answer: our image video.


"BORNEO - EARTH´S ANCIENT EDEN" (AUSTRIA)
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Best of Festival Nominee - DOCUMENTARY
DOCUMENTARY: Nature, Wildlife

Entrant: Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH, Vienna
Production Company: Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH, Vienna


Borneo is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. lts unparalleled profusion of life is the result of millions of years spent in the tropics – longer than anywhere else. lts varied habitats, from the world’s oldest tropical rainforests to some of its largest cave systems, have fuelled the evolution of the most bizarre and enigmatic wildlife on our planet. This is a realm of giant apes, pygmy elephants and air-breathing fish, where over 15,000 different species of plant grow. Borneo, Earth’s ancient isle, is a place quite unlike any other.


"CISCO SYSTEMS" (NEW ZEALAND)
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CORPORATE: Corporate Social Responsibility/Non-Profit

Entrant: Omnicron Productions, Auckland
Sponsor/Client: Cisco Systems, Auckland
Production Company: Omnicron Productions, Auckland


We decided to use Mahia’s personal journey as our cornerstone for the production. He is the main talent in the video and it is his voice and his own words that we hear. We wanted to show the ‘seismic shift’ that Mahia made in his life and chose a simple visual shift from black & white to colour, as well as a ‘lift’ in the tonal areas. We chose a young Maori composer to create our music. The composer uses a unique blend of traditional Maori and contemporary instrumentation and rhythms. We loved how this gave our video a distinctly New Zealand ‘flavour’ that worked in both a direct and subliminal way. Cisco were amazingly supportive of our unusual creative approach even though our production had so many points of difference to their other commissioned case studies. The video had to work internationally as well as locally and we have had overwhelmingly great feedback from all audiences. Such was the interest in the video that Mahia and Omnicron’s video producer were chosen as keynote speakers for Cisco’s two New Zealand Conferences in 2019.


"CITIES IN LOCKDOWN" (HONG KONG)
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DOCUMENTARY: Public Affairs Programs

Entrant: Radio Television Hong Kong
Production Company: Hong Kong Connection
Producer: Paul Lee; Directors: Dora Choi, Wu Wing Yan
Additional Credits: DOP: Jason Li, Ho Chiu Yuen; Editors: May Au, Wong Yiu Wai;
Sound: Chiu Chi Ming, Billy Man


This production would not have been possible 10 years ago when mobile phones and the internet were much less advanced. After the lockdown of Wuhan, Hong Kong Connection spent days finding sources who would agree to film their daily lives. This task turned out to be much more difficult than we imagined, as people in mainland China were wary about talking to foreign media. Initially, we tried to approach Wuhan residents through the mainland social media platform Weibo, where one could find thousands of heartbreaking pleas for medical help. Dozens of calls were made to the residents but no one was willing to be recorded on camera. Their suspicions were not unexpected, as our reporters were not on the ground in Wuhan besides being total strangers to these desperate individuals. And while those referred by sources were more open to speak, they would still refrain from making any criticism of the government’s handling of the epidemic, for they knew it was a very sensitive issue. As it turned out, one of our interviewees, a citizen journalist, had since been taken into custody. At the time of writing this submission, he has been “disappeared” for weeks. On top of the fear of speaking up, it was a strenuous task to instruct, from afar, interviewees to make broadcast standard home videos. Endless hours were spent communicating with them about the basics of video making and what content we would like them to film. The team is indebted to their trust and patience with us. In response to the challenge in finding a satisfactory number of Wuhan-based interviewees, we also found mainland students in Hong Kong who would more readily express their views and, at the same time, understand the mentality of Chinese citizens. This move was important in creating a coherent storyline. The lockdown of Wuhan also meant we had to rely on footage from China’s state broadcaster CCTV. To probe and go beyond the official version of events, the invaluable crowd-sourced content in this documentary was crucial in giving the final product a sense of genuineness, emotional immediacy and historical truth.


"CLUB OF COOL CITIES" (GERMANY)
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CORPORATE: Tourism Films

Entrant: City Of Munich
Sponsor/Client: München Tourismus
Production Company: Sova Pictures


"How is it possible to convey the “sentiment of munich” via audiovisual distribution? With a simple metaphor. We made cities to be humans. They hang out at the “international club of cool cities” and enjoy their time together. Munich enters the club as the newest member quickly turns everyone’s head…"


"CUTE LITTLE KILLERS" (AUSTRIA)
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Best of Festival Nominee - DOCUMENTARY
DOCUMENTARY: Environment, Ecology

Entrant: Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH, Vienna
Production Company: Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH, Vienna


It was a dreadful case of mistaken identity. European explorers confused them for ravenous cats, rats, wolves and weasels. But they were something completely unknown … a curious band of marsupials with a taste for blood, bone and meat. Scores of different little predators with pouches live all across Australia. The lives of many are at risk. Introducing three of the strangest; the numbat, the northern quoll, the dibbler; and the strangers who want to keep them safe.


"DISCOVER PARQUE FUTANGUE" (CHILE)
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CORPORATE: Tourism Films

Entrant: Chronos Cinema, Santiago
Sponsor/Client: Parque Futangue
Production Company: Chronos Cinema, Santiago
Director: Denis Arqueros


Discover a wild reserve hidden in Chile's North Patagonia. An environmental project, this private reserve means to protect what's left from an ancient prehistoric world, while following old explorers and future tourists.


"DRAGONS & DAMSELS" (AUSTRIA)
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DOCUMENTARY: Nature, Wildlife

Entrant: Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH, Vienna
Production Company: Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH, Vienna


More beautiful than butterflies, more spectacular fliers than hummingbirds, and with intriguing behaviour as complex as mammals or birds, dragonflies and damselflies are the ultimate insects. They’ve been flying around for hundreds of millions of years, crossing paths with dinosaurs before we mammals were even a twinkle in the eye of evolution, and are often described as “primitive” – which is simply wrong. Surviving on the planet for that long means being pretty special – and this film shows just how special they are. Dragonflies live very complex lives and, as we film them in intimate detail, we find ourselves in a world of drama and intrigue, even meeting those with their own distinct personalities. In many species, males hold and defend territories, just like birds, sometimes even co-operating with each other.


"FINAPORT HR" (RUSSIA)
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CORPORATE: Communication: Employee/Internal-Oriented

Entrant: FreeMotion Group, Moscow
Sponsor/Client: Finaport Holding Ltd.
Production Company: FreeMotion Group, Moscow
Producer: Vyacheslav Goldfeld; Dir: Pavel Menyaylo, Petr Pchelnokov
Additional Credits: DOP: Artyom Orlov, Alexandr Savchenko, Petr Pchelnikov; Editors:
Petr Pchelnikov, Galina Goldfeld; Sound: Yuriy Dudarev; Writer: Galina Goldfeld


Each word has its own definition. Formal. But the Swiss wealth management firm Finaport is against the formalities! None of them can describe even one ordinary day of a professional relationship manager. We asked them to give their own definition of this work, its advantages and opportunities.


"FROM THE SOIL: HOW ONE VILLAGE CUT POVERTY THROUGH FLOWERS" (CHINA)
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DOCUMENTARY: Social Issues

Entrant: CGTN Digital, Beijing


The aim of the film is to look into one village’s path to poverty reduction in hoping to give a window to the experiences and challenges the country is facing. Visually rich, the document provides solid data to help audience understand the situation and also enables audience to compare the actions to what their own governments do with poverty reduction projects in other countries. This approach is in contrast to many other programs about China’s poverty reduction, which gloss over the specific actions and just present the results. The key was to show what difficult decisions and choices there are along the way, and different options are available.


"FUTURE PRINCES OF BALLET!" (JAPAN)
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DOCUMENTARY: Arts

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Tokyo
Production Company: NHK,NIHON DENPA NEWS, in association with NHK Global Media Service
Producers: Shuichi Inomata,Hironori Yoshida,Ryo Enami
Additional Credits: Director: Taichi Takahashi; DOP: Shinichiro Kawaguchi; Editor: Kenji Maejima;
Sound: Takeshi Nasuno


Russians are proud of ballet. They love it as an artform that symbolizes them as a people. But only a select few ballet dancers can become professionals. Those who aspire to become professionals must make uncommon efforts. Our documentary focuses on top male students who are three months away from graduation. They’re distinctive individuals from countries around the world. One has Japanese ancestry. He works hard but struggles with a short stature. One is a natural dancer with the kind of talent that only comes along once in a decade. One is so handsome, he’s also a model. We follow them as they take national examinations for aspiring professionals, audition for ballet companies, and take part in the graduation show that marks the culmination of their lives at the academy. We also highlight the wise advice they receive from the strict but caring principal of the academy (one of Russia’s best-loved dancers).


"GENUINE LOVE" (PHILIPPINES)
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DOCUMENTARY: Biography

Entrant: ABS-CBN Corp., Quezon City
Production Company: ABS-CBN DocuCentral


Former environment secretary and ABS-CBN Foundation founder Gina Lopez died of cancer on August 2019. Her struggle was kept from public eye, and even in her last interview, one used in this documentary, she would appear still healthy and happy. The documentary “Genuine Love” was produced to pay homage to the woman who, with her grit and courage, changed many lives: from her projects against child abuse, to her environmental and eco-tourism activities. The documentary hopes that the short but well-lived life of GL (as she was fondly called) inspires the public to never give up their dreams for a better Philippines.


"GIANT CLAMS - NATURE'S CLIMATE ARCHIVE" (CHINA)
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DOCUMENTARY: News Features/Segements

Entrant: China Global Television Network (CGTN), Beijing
Production Company: China Global Television Network (CGTN), Beijing
Producers: Liu Cong, Li Chunxia, Yang Zhao; Director: Yang Zhao
Additional Credits: DOP: Li Yajun, Wang Yucheng; Editors: Feng Ran, Ma Ke;


For a long time, lack of historical climate records have prevented us from better understanding global warming and its consequences. The limitations are mostly due to the length and global distribution of instrumental climate records. "Giant Clams: Nature’s Climate Archive" focuses on a team of science researchers from China who carried out this program looking to animal proxies for records of our climate’s past. One of them is the giant clam, the largest mollusk on the planet. By analyzing giant clams and their fossils, scientists have found that the temperature now is within the range of temperature variations over the past 1,000 years, but that the earth is also getting warmer at a faster pace than it ever did during that period. With the help of laser confocal microscopes, they’ve even found more evidence for the link between a warmer climate and a higher frequency of typhoons. Their research offers concrete scientific evidence to the serious consequences brought by climate change. As soon as we read this article on a scientific journal in 2018, we thought this would be a good pitch to be filmed. First, climate change is a global issue that has drawn much attentions from around the world, especially during the time when US announced to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord in 2018. Second, climate change research based on animal proxies is very unique and rare to see, not only for science community but also for the ordinary audience. Third, after the long conversation with the scientists, we realized that the research work had been accompanied with many unexpected findings, which required the scientists to figure out the truth through a series of reasoning and verification, a process similar to what has been described in a detective novel. We believe that this process of exploration and the ultimate Eureka moment are much more valuable to be recorded than just telling our audience the research result.
Long-time pre-interview with the scientists is required because the topic is science related and the research work is far from lives of ordinary viewers and even our crews. Also, the crews are required to read the thesis first in order to understand the basic idea of the research. During the one-and-half-day-filming, we followed the scientist to a nearby park where he used to take a short break and thinking, as well as his lab and another bio-lab belonging to another research institute. The involvement of the bio-lab has been another highlight of the research, where an advance equipment called laser confocal microscopes, which is designed to observe cells, has been used for the first time on the climate research.


"GOLUBAC FORTRESS - ANCIENT GUARDIAN OF IRON GATE" (SERBIA)
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CORPORATE: Tourism Films

Entrant: Golubac Fortress / Tvrdjava Golubacki Grad, Goulbac
Sponsor/Client: Golubac Fortress / Tvrdjava Golubacki Grad, Goulbac
Production Company: Alternativa
Special Credit: Bosko Savkovic


The medieval knight and princess are the only inhabitants of the medieval Golubac fortress. Until early morning. Then the barbarians arrive. in the form of modern tourists touring their fort. They disappear among the fortress walls and reappear in the late evening when the last Danube cruiser full of tourists departs from this highly visited tourist destination. And so until the next day.


"GOODBYE MALARIA" (SOUTH AFRICA)
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CORPORATE: Corporate Social Responsibility/Non-Profit

Entrant: VWV Group, Johannesburg
Sponsor/Client: Goodbye Malaria, Johannesburg
Kim Lazarus, Kiri Rundle
Production Company: VWV Productions, Johannesburg
Producer: Vincent Paneng; Director/DOP: Anthony Ramsay
Additional Credits: Editor: Arno Pieterse; Sound: Paolo Mosca
Scriptwriter: Annie Steinhobel


Although this productions key messaging was around the impact that Malaria has on communities in Mozambique, there was a requirement for us to pique the interest of the audience with regards to the clothing range that Goodbye Malaria produce in order to drive sales of the merchandise. The proceeds of these sales is used to fund combating malaria. Therefore, our creative approach focused on visually showcasing the clothing range, elevating it to fashion status. For this reason, the Art Direction, Make Up and Styling became critical components of the production. The clothing was styled in a surprising manner and the make-up was made to look a little avant-garde in order to elevate the clothing from ordinary to extra ordinary. The aim of this film was to cross over genres and produce a "Documentary Fashion Film", this meant that the cinematography had to be dynamic, using movement and light to achieve an editorial beauty type look with the models. At the same time, we wanted the film to also have an authentic, gritty documentary style. For this reason, we elected not to shoot the models in studio, but instead put them in situ to reflect the surroundings of the people of Mozambique.


"GRASSLANDS - NORTH AMERICA´S HIDDEN WILDERNESS" (AUSTRIA)
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DOCUMENTARY: Environment, Ecology

Entrant: Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH, Vienna
Production Company: Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH, Vienna


‘Grasslands: North America’s Hidden Wilderness’ is a journey through one of the planet’s least known, most beautiful and most endangered ecosystems ­– the Northern Great Plains. When most people think of the prairies, they think of roads stretching on for miles with barely a curve, symmetrical lines of corn, canola and wheat reaching for the horizon. But, just beyond those croplands, there lies an unknown wilderness where a diverse array of life bursts at every scale. The often-surprising wild inhabitants of this land rely on the specific conditions available only in the heartland of the continent. However, the wild prairie is a shadow of its former self. In fact, the grasslands are considered the most endangered – and least protected – ecosystem on the continent.


"HEPATITIS B" (UNITED KINGDOM)
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CORPORATE: Craft/Production Techniques: Animation/Motion Graphics

Entrant: Random 42 Ltd, London
Sponsor/Client: GSK
Production Company: Random 42 Ltd, London


This project was created with the idea of keeping the mood and feel of the video coherent whilst also telling a story of the wonders of science. This was done by carefully coming up with the best way to tell the clients narrative whilst also staying consistent with the clients branding. Much of the project was created in ‘3DS Max’ which was used to model, texture, light and animate the different scenes throughout the video. ‘TyFlow’ was used to create particle systems to simulate some of the mechanisms shown throughout the video. ‘Vray’ was used as the renderer which allows for the use of HDR photographs to be use in order to light the scenes. The scenes were then composited in the software ‘Fusion’ before finally being edited together into ‘Adobe Premiere’ to make the final video.


"HERE IS OUR STORY" (BELGIUM)
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CORPORATE: Specialty Productions

Entrant: B 4 Mountain, Meise
Sponsor/Client: The House of European History, Brussels
William Parker-Jenkins
Production Company: ESN (European Services Network), Brussels
Producer: Jenna Bezahaf; Director: Peter Bostoen; Editor: Freek Barbier
Additional Credits: DOP: Steven Van Volsem; Sound: Studio MM;
Copywriting: Mark Herring


The camera images evoke a visitor's journey through the museum, guided by a strong voice-over that puts things in perspective, raises questions, and points at different possible interpretations. Because of the transnational and multi-lingual approach, the voice-over was recorded by 17 European museum employees from 12 different countries--strong statement for a diverse and personal European story. The complete film was shot in a single day: the first half of the day, we shot in a closed museum with extras; the second half of the day, we shot actual visitors (willing to cooperate).
The challenge here was to tell the story of this complex museum--and the continent it illuminates--in under two minutes. In order to meet this challenge, we opted for an intriguing voice-over that draws viewers into European history (in all its complexity), encouraging them to exchange ideas and question their assumptions. The visual approach is a clever mix of subjective and objective steadicam work that mirrors the multiplicity of perspectives and interpretations. The resulting film is not afraid to show a place that preserves both unifying and divisive memories. At its most basic level, the film is a testament to the glory and atrocity that humanity is capable of.


"HIS AND HER TROUBLESOME FAMILY" (HONG KONG)
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ENTERTAINMENT: Family

Entrant: Radio Television Hong Kong
Production Company: Radio Television Hong Kong
Producer: Shirley Lee; Director: Jimmy Choi
Additional Credits: DOP: Vincent Chan, Lui Cheuk Hang, Wong Yu Cheung, Leung Chi Fung, Lee Ka Kei;
Editor: Chan Kwok Shing


A couple who have been dating for a year and four months began living together eight months ago. The two hit it off instantly, leading to a whirlwind romance. The girlfriend has successfully become a part of her better half’s family thanks to their easy-going nature. He and she share a common background – both of their families have been broken and made whole again, and both have encountered different experiences over the course of growing up. “He” is the youngest son of the family with a brother seven years his senior, while “she” is the eldest daughter of the family with a sister eight years her junior. As for their respective births, “he” was almost born on the ferry, while “she” was born in the seventh month of the lunar calendar, the month of the Ghost Festival. His father had an affair and divorced his mother when “he” was not even a year old, causing him to be separated from his older brother who went to live with his mother. This single-parent family struggled hard to survive. Meanwhile, when “she” was 20, her mother left for the UK because of gambling debts. With her parents’ relationship ending in divorce, “she” has had doubts about marriage from a young age. “He” is 32-year-old Hugo Lee Chun-leung, pet name “Chunky”, born on April 17, 1987. “She” is 34-year-old Jimma Chong Meng-meng, born in Macau on August 15, 1985. According to his mother, Daisy, Chunky is a good son with a gentle and attentive personality. When Jimma first met Chunky, she already felt this too. Despite being in his thirties, he still holds his mother’s hand from time to time, and even kisses her. This closeness between mother and child makes the candid and unassuming Jimma very envious. The sensible Chunky has been spending his special day with his mother since high school, because it marks the day on which she brought him to this world. Production approach: Many photos, cards and presents were shown in the program, and the protagonist had recall the memory when they look for those items.


"HONG KONG CONNECTION - ESCAPE" (HONG KONG)
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DOCUMENTARY: Biography

Entrant: Radio Television Hong Kong
Production Company: Radio Television Hong Kong
Exec. Producer: Paul Lee; Producers: Candy Chan, Clara Li, Chan Kin Kai
Additional Credits: Crew: Dan Tsang, Jason Li, Sun Cheung; Audio: Dan Tsang, Martin Lam, Billy Man,
Andriy Chin; Editor: Ng Kam-Man. May Au, Roy Ko


Hong Kong Connection: Escape is an exclusive biography to record how a book-seller in Hong Kong, where it remains high degree of autonomy, went into exile for selling books. We followed him one month before his escape, and followed him all the way to Taiwan. One afternoon in late February, Hong Kong government announced the proposed extradition bill. At that time, not many people aware the dark side of the proposal. The production teams called Lam Wing-Kee because we believe he is at the top of the extradition list. He told us he planned to flee Hong Kong in two-weeks’ time, but his plan was in secret. Only two of his friends and our production team were informed about the exile. His flee is of high news value which symbolizes the death of Hong Kong’s freedom, our production team would like to record this historical journey. However, since his return from abduction in 2015, Lam became paranoid. He is afraid our shooting would ruin his exile plan. It took us a week to convince Lam Wing-Kee for the shooting. We convinced Lam Wing-Kee his flee is a historical journey worth documenting. it is a turning pointing in his life, as well as a symbol signifying the fall of the city. He finally agreed we can document the journey exclusively, under one condition: He can leave Hong Kong safely. The first step we did is to buy a flight ticket, negotiating with the airline to sit with each other so that we could record on plane. Then, the production team planned how we shot in secret. We plan to shot mostly outdoor so as to relate him more to the city. That’s why we did a main interview in a remote beach, which is away from the city and has vivid memories to Lam. On the day of departure, we shot his way from home to the airport. To avoid pubic attention of his leaving, we shorten the shooting time outdoor and did most of the interview in the taxi. During the production, we also need to consider his safety and his fluctuating emotions arousing from the flee. Two weeks after his exile, Hong Kong has been rocked by its largest and longest-lasting demonstrations and the protests show no sign of dying down. The protests then took on a much wider scope that arouses international attention. In late February 2020, Gui Minhai, a Swedish bookseller, also a friend and co-worker of Lam Wing-Kee, was sentence to 10 years in prison in China for "providing intelligence" overseas.


"HONG KONG CONNECTION : 721 YUEN LONG NIGHTMARE" (HONG KONG)
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DOCUMENTARY: Investigative/Special Reports

Entrant: Radio Television Hong Kong
Production Company: Radio Television Hong Kong
Producer: Paul Lee; DOP: Jason LI, Yee-sang Tsang
Additional Credits: Directors: Yuk-ling CHOY, Flora YEUNG, Sze-sze CHENG, Grace WONG,
Janice HUI, Gloria MA, Candy CHAN; Sound: Chi-ming CHIU, Yiu-ling WONG


Our story is the first investigative documentary which reconstruct the attack's timeline and police's arrangement of the 721 attacks in metro. We were sure that videos filmed by bystanders are inadequate to reveal whether the absence of police are justified as accordance to the Chief Commissioner. Thus immediately after the attack, our reporters collected CCTV footages from different cameras on the spot and interviewed victims and witnesses. Also, we investigated if the police manpower was busy dealing with four other cases nearby. It is the critical experience for the civic power in this incident. Quite many bystanders took videos in metro while they witnessed the white assailants beat commuters wearing the black, the color of protestors. These videos were spread at social media. When we approached the shops on the spot, some owners were willing to provide CCTV footages. Different types of CCTV have their own settings and it is not easy to get access to the files. Technical staff were sent to help immediately, to avoid shop owners changing their mind in case government authorities intervened. Also, we have to be cautious to the times show on the CCTV, as they may not be accurate, and we have to verify the real time of each camera at spot. What we can do is offer our promises, to keep them anonymous and handle the footages in a way that could protect their identity. The same thing happened on interviewing witnesses and victims. They asked for covering their faces. Their anxieties indeed show the widespread fear among people after the attack. Under this circumstance, we can just keep a faith and believe “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” All together with the interviews of hospitalized victims and witnesses contributed to the re-construction on what happened on 712 night. More facts have been revealed. One week after our program broadcast, the Hong Kong Independent Commission for Corruption approached the shops on the spot for CCTV footages about 721 night. It is the power of the civic society from social media platform to media and then the investigation by the commission with concrete evidences. The story broadcasted is the first investigative documentary which reconstruct the attack's timeline and police's arrangement in it. This documentary received tremendous amount of positive responses and reached 4.5 million views online, which is more than a half of the city’s population.


"HONG KONG CONNECTION: LIVING IN FEAR FOR DISAPPEARING" (HONG KONG)
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DOCUMENTARY: Current Affairs

Entrant: Radio Television Hong Kong
Production Company: Radio Television Hong Kong
Producer: Paul Lee; Director: Flora Yeung
Additional Credits: DOP: Yiu-wah KWOK, Yee-sang TSANG, Jason LI, Shu-wing YAU
Editor: Roy Ko


It is the documentary of two ladies’ life in the Mainland where human rights are totally ignored by the government. They are suffering because their spouses are labour right activists. We could not have an interview with their husbands as they have been disappeared by the authority. Thus we filmed their wives’ life. Datu was frustrated to leave Guangzhou under the threat of police. We filmed her packing process. While she picked up the ukulele, she sang a song. The lyrics was done by her husband and it is about the labour rights. She does appreciate Wei’s motto. And then she went out for running which is her daily project named as “Race to free Wei-zhili”. She insisted to run daily until Wei was set free. On the next day, she left her Guangzhou home with bulky living staff unwillingly. We had no glamorous filming setting but just document how she suffered from her husband’s disappearance. Her helpless facial expression delivers her sorrow. Xiao-hongxia is busy with contacting the lawyer to access to her ex-husband, Zhang-zhiru after Zhang has been arrested for three months. We followed how Xiao paid great effort to safeguard Zhang’s freedom. Once she rushed back to home, she had to take care of their 8-year-old son. Their boy knows dad’s situation and he is proud of Zhang. Xiao shared her struggles in tears on camera. We captured her daily life as an ordinary optimistic mother. On the other hand, she is tough to resist pressure from the police. She even told us that the police threatened her to stop interview and filming with us in order to secure her ex-husband’s safety. However, she insisted to voice out. It is the only way for her to arouse global attention to Zhang’s arrest. Normally it is straight to tell how tough those human right activists resist the pressure from the authority but their families suffer a lot without spotlight. We do try great effort to explore how sad and lonely these wives and kids are. They do deserve more support and caring from the world. This documentary is the story of two ladies. It is the mix of tears and hope on camera. They are brave and tough to support their beloved ones without any complaints despite they live in the fear of disappearing.


"HONG KONG CONNECTION: THIS EARLY SUMMER; WHO STOLE MY SUMMER VACATION?"
(HONG KONG)
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DOCUMENTARY: Continuing News Stories

Entrant: Radio Television Hong Kong
Production Company: Radio Television Hong Kong
Producers: Grace Wong, Flora Yeung; Director: Paul Lee
Additional Credits: DOP: Jason Li, Ho Chiu-yuen, Tsang Hin-wai, Law Siu-nin, Tsang Yee-sang;
Editors: Roy Ko, Ng Kam-man; Sound: Chiu Chi-ming, Billy Man, Martin Lam


“The Summer of 2019” series depicts how the youngsters in Hong Kong involving in the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill movement. In this series, our production team spent three months to follow the actions of the interviewees on the important milestones of the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill movement. For example, 12th June marks prelude of the clashes between police force and protesters, 26th June marks the besiege of Police Force Headquarter, 1st July marks the escalation of the actions taken by the protesters, 21st July marks the Yuen Long Attack, 31st August marks the further escalation of violence. In the first episode, “This Early Summer”, we interviewed 4 young people, between 16 and 22 years old. They participated in the major peaceful marches in June 2019, but had different experiences after the clash on 12th June. A youngster suffered from depression after the large-scale deployment of tear gas on 12th June. Other kids were worried about being charged with unlawful assembly at first, but later on they became unafraid to besiege the Police Force Headquarter. How did their psychology change? For the second episode “Who Stole My Summer Vacation?”, we keep following the two kids, Zita and Wah, in the first episode. Most of the youths in Hong Kong were engaged in the protests against the anti-extradition bill for the whole summer vacation of 2019. Summer holidays got to end, but the protests have not. How did the youngsters adjust themselves mentally and emotionally to the new academic year?


"HONG KONG CONNECTION: UNIVERSITIES TURNED BATTLEFIELDS" (HONG KONG)
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DOCUMENTARY: Public Affairs Programs

Entrant: Radio Television Hong Kong
Production Company: Radio Television Hong Kong
Producers: Grace Wong, Flora Yeung, Sum Wan-wah, Wan Chung-yin, Janice Hui
Additional Credits: Director: Paul Lee; Sound: Chiu Chi-ming, Martin Lam, Chow Wing-kin
DOP: Jason Li, Ho Chiu-yuen, Tsang Yee-sang, Leung Wing-cheong; Editor: May Au


“Hong Kong Connection: Universities Turned Battlefields” captured the two major clashes in two universities in Hong Kong, the PolyU and CUHK. Our production team filmed the clashes as well as the aftermath. As the universities have been sieged by the police force; it’s difficult to get into the garrison of the protesters and the blockade of the police force. In the Poly U incident, as the police force had sieged the campus, police publicly announced that anyone arrested inside Polytechnic University would face the charge of rioting, so too anyone who attempted to go in or help people inside. The police force even limited the number of media to go into the campus. The challenge was how to approach the students inside the campus. We then followed different parties involving the clashes, such as professor, parent, students and alumni, in order to depict bigger picture of the clashes across universities in Hong Kong.


"HONG KONG STORIES #43 MY HOMETOWN - HOMECOMING PRIDE" (HONG KONG)
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DOCUMENTARY: Biography

Entrant: Radio Television Hong Kong, RTHK
Production Company: Radio Television Hong Kong
Producer: Tom Chan; Director: Ada Chung
Additional Credit: Editor: Roy Tsai; DOP: Poon Kin Ho, Vincent Chan, Chan Wing Cheung,
Leung Chi Fung; Sound: So Chung Hay, Man Ho Yee, Chin Chung Hang


Nanhai District of Foshan is the home of martial dragon and lion dancing. In the 1940s, a large number of people from Nanhai moved to Hong Kong. A renowned dragon and lion dance troupe, Bei Lun Tong, also put down roots in the city at the time. Its name was later changed to Zen-Kong Bei Lun Tong Athletic Association to mark the organisation’s sentiments for Foshan and Hong Kong. The association serves as the vehicle for bringing like-minded individuals together and to carry forward the spirit of martial arts and lion dancing. Chung To-yan is a Bei Lun Tong disciple born and raised in Hong Kong. He has been working in the logistics industry for decades and has always hoped to fulfil his childhood dream. After achieving career success, he decided to travel to the birthplace of Bei Lun Tong in Nanhai, Foshan, and dedicate himself to lion dancing. He returned to his ancestral home with a group of his kung fu brothers and re-established a dragon and lion dance troupe there. He hopes to train a new generation of youngsters in new martial arts routines and high difficulty plum blossom pole lion dance techniques, so that they can continue passing down the traditional culture of Southern style lion dancing.


"HONG KONG STORIES THE QUEST OF LIFE - MY PLANTS JOURNAL" (HONG KONG)
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DOCUMENTARY: Biography

Entrant: Radio Television Hong Kong
Production Company: Radio Television Hong Kong
Exec. Producer: Pierra Choi; Producer: Emily Tang
Additional Credits: DOP: Cliff Leung, Lo Ka-fai,Tsang Hin-wai; Editor: Chan Kwok-shing;
Sound: Yang Wing-hung, Yu Chi-keung


Amateur painter LEE Ping-sun has spent around a decade portraying trees in Hong Kong’s streets and alleys through sketching. After the strike of typhoon Mangkhut, countless neglected trees fell, and LEE hoped that he could record these lost lives with his pencil. After Sally BUNKER, a British who has resided in Hong Kong for more than 40 years, left her job in the education sector, at the age of 60, she started learning how to draw seriously. There are over 400 types of native trees in Hong Kong. Through watercolour painting, Sally depicts the changes of the trees in the four seasons, and she hopes that she will be able to finish this task before she walks to the end of her life.


"HUNGER FOR EXPERIENCIES" (SPAIN)
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CORPORATE: Tourism Films

Entrant: Turismo Rias Baixas, Pontevedra
Sponsor/Client: Turismo Rias Baixas- Diputacion De Pontevedra
Production Company: Esmerarte Industrias Creativas
Special Credit: Alberto Baamonde / Laura Fontán


Behind an excellent plate of food is the hard work of a whole chain of people starts with the producers and ends up in the hands of the chefs in the room service of a restaurant. The most important thing is the product, a quality product that generates a unique territory: Rías Baixas


"I AM A SWAN" (JAPAN)
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DOCUMENTARY: Short

Entrant: TULIP-TV INC., Takaoka
Production Company: TULIP-TV INC., Takaoka
Producers: Hisato Hattori, Shigetoshi Nakamura; Director: Shogo Kajitani


White and dignified in appearance, swans are popular subjects in various stories. In Toyama Prefecture, over 800 swans pass the winter there every year, before migrating to Siberia in spring. 58-year-old Koichi Sawae counts the swans that spend the winter there. He has been taking care of them, checking their numbers as they arrive from distant lands, feeding them, and giving unique names to the ones with special characteristics. However, in the spring of 2018, a single swan, which had been part of a pair, was left behind in Toyama, and could not return north due to an injured wing. To date, there has not been a single wild swan to have survived an entire summer in Toyama. Sawae, who wished to see the swan reunited with its mate again, began taking care of it. From there, his fight to protect it from predators, and the hot summer in Toyama, began. He took care of it with everything he had: feeding it every day, making a place for it to cool down and sleep, buying a boat in order to harvest the water plants, etc. Yet the largest issue he encountered was the sun drying period, where the pond was drained of all its water. However, despite the looming crisis, the flightless swan made a miracle happen. It managed to take flight with its injured wing, escaping the pond. Regaining its freedom, it finally managed to reunite with the swans that had migrated back from Siberia. But, the harsh reality of nature was awaiting it…


"IN THE PRISONS THAT DON’T EXIST" (HONG KONG)
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DOCUMENTARY: Public Affairs Programs

Entrant: Radio Television Hong Kong
Production Company: The Pulse
Executive Producer: Diana Wan; Producer: Yvonne Tong
Additional Credits: Camerman: Fung Kai-sing, Kent Wong



In this programme, we travelled to two of China's most populated Muslim regions: Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and Qinghai province to investigate China's crackdown on religious expression on its Muslim minorities. We spoke to members of the Islamic communities, and the Vice-president of the China Islamic Association for his view on patriotism in Islam. We also travelled to Almaty, Kazakhstan where it shares a border with Xinjiang. Almost all the families we met who had connections with Xinjiang had friends or relatives who'd been detained, whatever their age, income or occupation. We spoke to former detainees of the camps and were told that they were physically and emotionally traumatised by the experiences. Many of those who were lucky enough to be released from the camps are supported by the Almaty-based human rights group "Atajurt". The group helps relatives of ethnic Kazakhs who have been detained in Xinjiang by taping testimonies and writing letters to the Kazakhstan government and the United Nations to appeal for help. They believe greater publicity would help bring their loved ones home. However, in March 2019, Atajurt's digital and written files have all been confiscated by the Kazakhstan authorities. Their leader Serikzhan Bilash was arrested and accused of "inciting ethnic hatred between China and Kazakhstan". It has been more than five years since the introduction of the "re-education camps" in Xinjiang, yet up to today, the Chinese authorities show no sign of backing down or closing any of the camps. Instead, human rights advocates and researchers discovered that the camps have expanded to other regions in mainland China, including Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and Gangsu province.


"JAKE AND CHARICE" (JAPAN)
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DOCUMENTARY: Social Issues

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Tokyo
Production Company: NHK and Documentary Japan in Association with NHK Enterprises -
A Co-production with ABS-CBN
Additional Credits: Producers: Shin Yasuda,Akiko Tabakotani, Keiko Tsuneki,Kenji Hyodo;
Director/Editor: Hiroko Ninomiya; DOP: Yusaku Mitsuwaka, Jayson Pajarillo;


Sound: Kenichi Tominaga, Larry Steven Ojeda
The singer Charice was the first Asian artist to have a Billboard top-ten hit. Mentored by producer David Foster, she wowed the world with her incomparable talent. Seven years later, she came out as a transgender man, changed her name to Jake Zyrus, and made a fresh start without the renown or voice that he had established as Charice. Why did Charice choose to live as Jake? How did his family and other people dear to him react? NHK documented Jake’s life and new challenges, his joys and sorrows, and the journey he took to finding his own voice. We hope the documentary will be watched by a wide range of viewers including those who are not interested in gender issues.


"KIZUNA: ULTIMATE PARTNERSHIPS" (JAPAN)
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DOCUMENTARY: Sports, Recreation

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Tokyo
Production Company: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Tokyo
Producer: Genta Kyuki; Director: Shin Hashiba; DOP: Yoshihiro Kodama
Additioanl Credits: Editor: Kazuya Nishitani; Sound: Takumi Nagayama, Masahiro Takauma


Performances at the Paralympic Games are astounding spectators with every succeeding competition. Visually impaired athletes and their guide runners are no exception. Each pair is tethered together with a 10cm-long rope, and allowing the Para athlete to run at top speed in this proximity requires a high level of trust. The program follows two world-record-holding pairs as they prepare for 2020 -- a U.S. duo that sprints the 100m at under 11 seconds, and a Japanese twosome that completes a full marathon in three hours. Their interactions and the latest in scientific analyses reveal an equal partnership of two top athletes pushing each other to reach heights higher than they could on their own. A year ahead of the Tokyo Paralympics, the program uses documentary-style storytelling and cutting-edge science to examine how the visually impaired athletes and their guide runners are connected.


"KVARTIRNIK" (RUSSIA)
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Best of Festival Nominee - ENTERTAINMENT
ENTERTAINMENT: Performing Arts

Entrant: FreeMotion Group, Moscow
Sponsor/Client: NTV Channel, Russia
Production Company: FreeMotion Group, Moscow
Producers: Vyacheslav Goldfeld, Andrey Kotov, Anna Margulis
Additional Credits: Director: Kirill Papacool; Cinematographer: Artem Orlov;
Editors: Denis Velinskiy, Ruslan Velikokhatnyy, Vitaliy Kuznetsov;


Sound: Serguey Baranov, Alexandr Nazarov, Alexey Serebrenikov, Vlad Kuznetsov; Idea: Alna Kotova, Host: Evgeniy Margulis
"Kvartirnik" is a Russian slang word that stands for a secret (sometimes officially forbidden) apartment gig. "Kvartirniks" originated in the 70s-80s of the twentieth century, when rock bands were officially banned in the Soviet Union. They were held with a unique atmosphere, with music, stories and conversations "heart to heart" in someones private apartment. Always with a lot of alcohol, often finished with KGB visits. Together with Eugene Margulis, we decided to revive this tradition in a modern format as a weekly late-night music show. It was Eugene who was to become the host of this program. A member of the most popular rock band in Russia, the founder of cult bands of the 70s-90s, now a musician with a successful solo career, a man who is immaculately respected by music stars of various genres. And, most importantly, he himself was a participant in those legendary apartment gigs in Soviet times. So, Eugene invites famous musicians who are used to playing in huge concert halls and stadiums to his small loft apartment and offers to play live music and talk. More than 150 of the most famous Russian (and not only Russian) musicians came to visit Margulis.


"LATE NIGHT SHOW WITH NITTY & GRITTY: THE YAKUZA" (JAPAN)
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ENTERTAINMENT: Interview/Talk

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Tokyo
Production Company: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Tokyo
Producer: Shigehisa Ooko; Director: Ken Takahashi
Additional Credits: DOP: Naofumi Nakamura; Editor: Yoshiaki Kazama;
Sound: Takashi Takagiwa


This program features in-depth conversations with guests who can’t, for various reasons, appear on camera, giving us the inside story on worlds most people don’t encounter in their everyday lives. But rather than simply blurring out these people’s faces, we turn the interviews into a form of puppet theater, not so different from a children’s show. The guest on this episode is a former yakuza boss. Now in his 40s, he managed to free himself from a life of crime. He tells us about the dirty tricks gangsters use to make money, and the difficulty of leaving a life that often becomes suffocating as the years go on. Ultimately, he quit the yakuza for the sake of his family, and went in the exact opposite direction, becoming a Buddhist priest who strives to do good in the world. As he reflects on his life, he tells us, “Not one good thing came of me being a gangster.”


"LET THE SAGA BEGIN" (DENMARK)
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CORPORATE: Tourism Films

Entrant: Producedby.dk
Sponsor/Client: VisitFjordlandet
Production Company: Produced by
Director: Gorm Just; DOP: Jens Formann
Additional Credist: Producers: Ege Heckmann, Anna Lund Jensen


The feeling of ancient vikings and especially the legend of Beowolf is present when you visit Fjordlandet in southern Scandinavia, Denmark. This film tries to embody the feeling you get when you travel around in an area that has so many small and big stories to tell. While you read about the legends that have played out in Fjordlandet you build your own Saga.


"LIVING DEMENTIA" (JAPAN)
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DOCUMENTARY: Health, Medical

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Tokyo
Production Company: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Tokyo
Producers: Keisuke Hatate, Eisuke Seki; Directors: Hiroto Kato,Satoshi Jin
Additional Credits: Editor: Yuji Kawakami; Sound: Shogo Takahashi



When a physician who’s a leading expert on dementia becomes a dementia patient, how does he feel, and what insights does he gain? And as his dementia gradually worsens, how does the world look through his eyes? NHK spent a year documenting 90-year-old Dr. Kazuo Hasegawa (a pioneer in dementia research who is now suffering from dementia) and his family. Hasegawa devoted his career to dementia treatment, establishing the Hasegawa Dementia Scale (Japan’s first rating scale for early diagnosis) and advocating for a change to a derogatory Japanese term for the disease. Hasegawa made his own dementia public two years ago. He was mindful of what a senior physician once told him: that his research would finally be complete when he got dementia himself. The camera captured Hasegawa’s anxiety (an aspect of dementia that he had not understood while he was a practicing physician) and the struggles of his family. It also captured the insights he gained as a dementia specialist. Hasegawa had believed that dementia would leave him in a state of constant uncertainty, but he clearly has times of normality. Rather than losing the ability to understand language and the ability to speak, he has lost the confidence to speak, and he withdraws into a shell. He has come to see the importance of interpersonal relationships for regaining certainty. And he has realized the importance of a little humor for himself and the people around him in daily life. Now that Hasegawa is battling the disease as an expert and as a patient, he keeps a detailed diary about the changes in himself and about his feelings. As a researcher who wants to show what it means to live with dementia, he plans to continue this effort until the very end. Medical treatment is becoming more advanced. At the same time, people around the world are living longer; dementia can happen to anyone. The documentary conveys the insights that Hasegawa has gained as a dementia patient, explores ways to live with the disease, and offers reasons for hope.


"LOCAL LEGENDS: GLASS SCULPTOR" (PHILIPPINES)
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DOCUMENTARY: Arts

Entrant: ABS-CBN Corp., Quezon City
Production Company: ABS-CBN DocuCentral


The production followed the creative process of Orlina in glass sculpture. Each step of his production is captured through stunning visuals and graceful aesthetic. This episode documented Orlina transforming residual glass rocks into sculpture masterpieces. Its narrative is driven by his life story and how he overcame struggles in his career as an artist. As the pioneer of glass sculpture in the Philippines, Orlina’s tale shows how a strong sense of passion gives birth to a form of art that no Filipino has ever seen before.


"LOCAL LEGENDS: GLASS SCULPTOR" (PHILIPPINES)
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DOCUMENTARY: Craft/Production Techniques: Cinematography

Entrant: ABS-CBN Corp., Quezon City
Production Company: ABS-CBN DocuCentral


The production followed the creative process of Orlina in glass sculpture. Each step of his production is captured through stunning visuals and graceful aesthetic. This episode documented Orlina transforming residual glass rocks into sculpture masterpieces. Its narrative is driven by his life story and how he overcame struggles in his career as an artist. As the pioneer of glass sculpture in the Philippines, Orlina’s tale shows how a strong sense of passion gives birth to a form of art that no Filipino has ever seen before.


"MADE BY GEBERIT" (SWITZERLAND)
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Bedt of Festival Nominee - CORPORATE
CORPORATE: Public Relations

Entrant: Seed Audio-Visual Communication, Zurich
Sponsor/Client: Geberit, Jona
Production Company: Seed Audio-Visual Communication, Zurich
Producer: Felix Courvoisier; Director: Adrian Wisard; DOP: Rafael Kistler
Additional Credits: Editor: Adrian Wisard; Sound: David Hohl, Adrian Wisard;
Bettina Frymerman, Bastian Hertel;


Authors: Andreas Szentkuti; Marietta Mügge; Adrian Wisard; Felix Courvoisier
After the viewer has seen the film... - he senses who Geberit is and what makes the company what it is: Making things better. - he wants to learn more about Geberit - he likes the company


"MAGIC CORDOBA" (SPAIN)
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CORPORATE: Tourism Films

Entrant: Readmore Basic, S.L., Madrid
Sponsor/Client: Patronato Provincial De Turismo De Córdoba
Production Company: Readmore Films (Readmore Basic, S.L.)
Special Credit: Hervé Tirmarche


The film conveys the memory that leaves, in different people, from different cultural roots, a trip to ordoba; in an intimate, emotional language, aimed at getting viewers to share that feeling. The objective is to provoke the desire to know Córdoba through emotional empathy, achieved by showing what looks like a collection of personal, intimate memories of the trip.


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2016 Winners Announced