The Forest Ranger, an environment protection-theme movie which has been acclaimed widely, won the Best Feature Film for the 13th Beijing Student Film Festival on Saturday evening.
The movie, directed by Qi Jian and starred by Fu Dalong and Zhu Yuanyuan, features a ranger who protects a state-owned forest toughly even at the cost of his life. It unveils some social problems in the environment protection in China.
The movie has been well acclaimed among Chinese college students, film experts and even film administrative officials during its screenings earlier this month, so Qi said at the awarding ceremony, "The award is not beyond my expectation."
Zhang Yuan won the Best Director with his Little Red Flowers. Pu Cunxin and Ni Ping won the best actor and actress by their roles respectively in A Bright Moon and Loach Is Fish Too. Loach and You and Me won the Jury Award.
Hong Kong director Peter Chan Ho-Sa's musical Perhaps Love, the six-prize winner for the 25th Hong Kong Film Awards earlier this month, not only won the Best Visual Effect award but also won Chan and Zhou Xun the most popular director and actress at the festival. Xia Yu was selected most popular among the students for his role in Shanghai Rumba.
The Silent Holy Stone by Tibetan director Wanmacaidan won "Best First Feature," a similar award to the director award for the maiden film at the 25th Golden Rooster awards last December.
Perpetual Motion, a movie portraying four Chinese modern women who are successful in their careers but vacuous spiritually, took home the Artistic Exploration Award with its unique style.
There are 30 Chinese-made films entered the festival this year, vying for total 20 awards, 17 of which were selected by a jury consisting of 31 students from 30 universities across the country, 10 experts and a president. Other three-the most popular director, actor and actress were directly selected by the college students who participated in the festival.
Launched in 1993, The Beijing Student Film Festival is sponsored by the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Radio & Television and the Beijing Normal University (BNU).
As a bridge linking the young people to the films, the festival has been tending to provide a stage for small-budget Chinese-made films and new directors and actors to debut, including Huo Jianqi and his Postmen in the Mountains, Zhang Yibai and Spring Subway, Lu Xuechang and his Cala, My Dog! and Lu Chan and his The Missing Gun, which all afterwards won domestic or international film awards.
(Xinhua News Agency April 30, 2006)