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Up to September 15th, The 5th Next Wave Awards International Student Documentary Competition had collected 785 films from 252 universities in 36 countries and regions.
After 3 rounds of selection, the final results were announced, and we held the Awards Ceremony in the Lecture Hall 1 of Guangzhou Library on December 13th.
In Awards Ceremony, Tan Fentao, the vice inspector, delivered the speech on the ceremony, which he affirmed the status and role of The 5th Next Wave Awards International Student Documentary Competition in the college student documentary field in China.
“Next Wave Awards is committed to educating and finding new talents for documentary industry. By offering Competition, University Tour, Masterclass, Summer Camp, Academic Summit Forums and Dialogue. Next Wave Awards not only brings industrial insights to the students, but also allows them to learn deeply about production, marketing, distribution, and post-production. Passion, curiosity determination, and perseverance, are the spirits that Next Wave Awards sheds spotlights on.”
Tan also expected more and more excellent documentaries could take advantage of such national platform to show their understand of China.
Jin Xingzheng, a famous Chinese documentary director, sat with the tutor and creators of Train No.5639 for a great interview, in which they shared their creative experience with audience.
Also, Lynn Barlow, Chairlady of Wildscreen Festival, was invitied to the ceremony. She shared her 20-year filming experience in BBC, saying that the skill of story telling played the most important role in making documentary, that was why documentary directors should equip with talent and serious attitude.
The Final Results of The 5th Next Wave Awards
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
From Shanghai to Pingyao
2018 | 83min | China
Wang Jing | Tsinghua University
The documentary depicts the stories of the family of Yu Zhuqing and herself, an 83-year-old female worker who retired from Pingyao No.2 Knitting Factory. By recording Yu Zhuqing's daily life of the year when she experienced the Chinese New Year, moving to a new house, returning to hometown and visiting relatives, this documentary tries to show the comedy and tragedy of a nobody in a revoluting era, as well as the changes of individual and younger generations' identity recognition, by ways of Video Ethnography, Participatory Observation and oral history interviews.
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
2017 | 12min | Britain
Eline Helena | University of the West of England
M6NTHS is a short film about an animal in captivity, longing for the outside. An animal who shares with us the ability to dream, who is intelligent, curious, social and sensitive, and in whom we can clearly recognize a soul. An animal who can live up to ten years in the wild but only six months under our care. Without shock effects, voice over or presenter, this visual film will change your view on pigs forever. It is the pig himself, who invites the audience to see the world through his eyes
BEST YOUTH DOCUMENTARY DIRECTOR
2018 | 43min | China
Wang Shuai | Shandong University of Arts
This is a documentary about long-distance truck drivers, which records the daily life of two drivers traveling from Shandong to southern Xinjiang all the year round. By shooting the two drivers' working environment, which extends to groups like drivers, it makes the audience understand their living states, ways of living and thinking of their survival and reflects their tenacity in the face of life.
BEST CREATIVE DOCUMENTARY
Out of Control: Jaggery Live
2018 | 12min | China
Zhao Jiahui | Beijing Normal University
In 2017, live show was popular. Jaggery ,a graduate student, feels jealous of the high income of the anchors. In order to earn a quick buck, she trys to be a full-time live anchor. However, being an anchor could be quite difficult. For breakthroughs, Jaggery's life gradually goes out of control...
BEST INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION DOCUMENTARY FOR “UNDERSTAND CHINA”
2018 | 43min | China
Zhao Guanxing / Xie Tingting / Zhang Xiaoting | Dongguan University of Technology
5639/5640 time slow green train, the "bus" in mountains, has offered a low fare during more than 20 years of operation. It stops at small stations where express never stops rain or shine, allowing province people of all ethnic groups to have an income in the remote mountains.
This film shows the profound friendship between farmers like Wu Wenzhen and people on train 5639, which reflects the humane care on train 5639.
The train communicates the Miao villagers to the outside world, carrying the villagers' wishes of a happy life. It is more than a slow speed train with a patience close to the pace of low-income people .
Dugkartsho And Yak
2017 | 22min | China
Dugkartsho | Lanzhou University
In an agricultural and pastoral areas located on Ledu District Qinghai Province, the northeasternpart of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, a Tibetan family has been living with yak from generation togeneration.
My father grazing yak from his six years old and living with them for more than 40 years will leaveyak in the future, grandmother will move to downtown and the youngest daughter who has beenenrolled in a key universitty will face the mixture of modernization and tradition, of Han culture and Tibetan culture. The traditional herdmen's life is changing gradually as time goes by. With the relationship between yak and people, whether or not the faith the Tibetan believe in for thousands of years will be shake? When the youngest daughter goes back home from the modern university, whether or not her emotion to yak will be different?
SPECIAL AWARD OF THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
A Nowhere Man
2018 | 77min | China
Cao Yuan | Communication University of China
Mr. Luan, born in 1930, is a retired construction worker. He often wheels his converted bike around the city, collecting used reinforcing bars. His family is facing conflicts due to the allocation of replaced apartments. He, however, chooses to live alone at the demolition site where his family has lived for generations. He spends his days hammering rebars. The sound of hammering echoes the noises from the construction site of river-view apartments on the other side of the river. He admires and appreciates the development of this small city. However, the prosperity of this city seems to have nothing to do with him. He is now a nowhere man in his land.
Things start to change when he falls ill. His children once again gather around him.
BEST ORGANIZING UNIT
Beijing Normal University
Next Wave Awards
Next Wave Awards has been held for four consecutive years and is the highest standard documentary competition for college students in China. Every year, it attracts more than 100 colleges and universities at home and abroad to participate in it, and its international influence is constantly improving.
Next Wave Awards is committed to educating and finding new talents for documentary industry. By offering Competition, University Tour, Masterclass, Summer Camp, Academic Summit Forums and Dialogue. Next Wave Awards not only brings industrial insights to the students, but also allows them to learn deeply about production, marketing, distribution, and post-production. Passion, curiosity determination, and perseverance, are the spirits that Next Wave Awards sheds spotlights on.