Golden Seagull Awards presented at first SCO film festival
QINGDAO, June 17 (Xinhua) -- The first Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) film festival dropped the curtain Sunday in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, with the Golden Seagull Awards presented.
Enter the Forbidden City, a Chinese film, and the Afghan film Mina Walking won the Best Picture Award.
Mina Walking's director Yosef Baraki won the Best Director Award, and the honor of the Best Screenplays was shared by Andrey Taratukhin and Dmitry Lanchikhin for the Russian film Thawed Carp, and Mahesh Narayan and P.V. Shajikumar for the Indian film Take Off.
The Best Actor Award went to Akylbek Abdykalykov in the Kyrgyzstani film Night Accident, and Toleubek Aralbai in the Kazakhstani film Little Prince of The Big City.
The Best Actress Award were garnered by Odonchimeg Ishdorj in the Mongolian film Insane Mother and Zhou Xun in the Chinese film Our Time Will Come.
Special Jury Awards went to the Uzbekistani film Yo'L Bo'Lsin, the Tajikistani film the Air Safar, the Iranian film Mermaid, the Pakistani film Punjab Nahi Jaungi and the Belarusian film Tum-Pabi-Dum.
Opening on Wednesday, the festival was a major cultural activity following the latest SCO summit in Qingdao. A total of 55 films produced in the past two years by 12 countries have been screened in Qingdao in the past five days, attracting nearly 50,000 viewers.
During the festival, 25 movie companies from the SCO member states showed their films and equipment, increasing understanding of each other's movies and culture.
"These films represent the high levels of movie industries of their countries, and display different film styles and diverse cultures," said Li Guoqi, deputy director of the State Film Administration.
The festival also aims to promote international communication in film industries, and has witnessed cooperation agreements signed by China and over 20 countries and regions.
Both Beijing Film Academy and China Film Co., Ltd. announced to offer study and research opportunities for students and practitioners in movie industries from SCO member states.