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American director's "Curfew" wins Kingbonn Awards


05-17-2014 00:19 BJT

The 5th China International New Media Short Film Festival has closed in the south China city of Shenzhen. Thursday night, the festival handed out its Kingbonn Awards, with an American film coming out on top.

The festival's top prize for Best Short Film goes to "Curfew." Directed by American director Shawn Christensen, the film has already won an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film in 2013.

And winning for Best Drama is Belgian director Sahim Omar Kalifa's "Baghdad Messi".

"It means a lot for me. I like China very much, its culture and tradition. In our life, you cannot give it up. That's the message of the film," Sahim Omar Kalifa said.

Meanwhile, Chinese director Yi Zhenxing's short film series "The Unthinkable" takes home two Kingbonn awards for Best Internet Short Film and Best Internet Series.

"This year participating short films have impressed me a lot. They are very creative and high quality," president of Kingbonn Award jury Wang Quanan said.

The China International New Media Short Film Festival is China's only state-recognized short film event, and provides a platform for short film directors to showcase their skills and creativity. More than 3,600 short films from over 100 countries and regions have participated in this year's event.

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