Friday, November 10, 2017

5th Vancouver Golden Panda International Film Festival Press Conference November 2, 2017

This year has been a year of firsts for me on a great many things.
I had seen a poster in Vancouver on Granville Street , took a picture of it and reached out the festival and was graciously welcomed to the festival. Also for the first time in all of my years doing this blog I was invited to my first ever Press Conference.

Once inside at the Four Season's Hotel I made myself to the room where I was greeted by Xueting Zhao who is the Publicity Communications Manager for the festival outside of the room.
I was treated so kindly by everyone that I met that day which was November 2, 2017.
Left to Right:
 Host and Emcce Maria Rincon to her left is Sandy You, executive member of GPIFF Committee, with Elizabeth Ball, Vancouver City Councillor, also Matthew Tang, GPIFF executive director & Jan Walls, president of the Canadian Society for Asian Arts and member of the GPIFF Committee

        Here below is a highlight video of some of the conference 

There were 1,153 festival entries from 88 countries and upon speaking to Matthew Tang, Executive Director of the festival after the conference. He told me that all the jurors had only a few weeks to watch the films and narrowed it down to 19 Feature films & 33 short films from 25 countries and regions.
The list is as follows:

Led by Jiang Ping, Chinese director, vice chairman and general manager of China Film Co., this year’s GPIFF welcomes established film professionals across the world on board as Festival jurors, including:

Bo Svenson, U.S. actor, producer, director, president and CEO of MagicQuest Entertainment;

Stephen Nemeth, U.S. film producer, president of Rhino Films;

Ng See-Yuen, Chinese film producer, director, founder of Seasonal Films Corporation;

Dennis Hoffman, Canadian VFX veteran, president of Stargate Studios Vancouver;

Jacek Bromski, Polish director, writer, producer, president of Polish Filmmakers Association;

Robert Lundberg, COO of China Lion Film Distribution;

Kôsuke Mukai, Japanese writer, director, cinematographer;

Oleg Uriumtsev, Russian director, producer, writer and actor.

Here -below-is a highlight reel of some of the films that were selected for the festival:

The 5th Vancouver Golden Panda International Film Festival

awards nominees


Best Picture

My Love Sinema: Tan Ai Leng | SINGAPORE | 2016

Dogs and Fools: Ali Mohammad Ghasemi | IRAN | 2017

The Song of Sway Lake: Ari Gold | USA | 2017

Best Director

Kate Brooks: The Last Animals | UNITED KINGDOM/USA | 2017

Ali Mohammad Ghasemi: Dogs and Fools | IRAN | 2017

Ari Gold: The Song of Sway Lake | USA | 2017

Best Actor

Tosh Zhang: My Love Sinema | SINGAPORE | 2016

Luka Kain: Saturday Church | USA | 2017

Robert Sheehan: The Song of Sway Lake | USA | 2017

Best Actress

Bryony Byrne: Akela | UNITED KINGDOM | 2016

Kimberly Persona: Princess Sparkly Butt and the Hot Dog Kid | CANADA | 2017

Mary Beth Peil: The Song of Sway Lake | USA | 2017

Best Screenplay

Akela: Alec Toller | UNITED KINGDOM | 2016

My Love Sinema: Tan Ai Leng | SINGAPORE | 2016

The Song of Sway Lake: Ari Gold | USA | 2017


Best Short Film

The School Bag: Dheeraj Jindal | INDIA | 2016

Seher: Manas Shashidharan Jacob | INDIA | 2017

The Ravens: Jennifer Perrott | AUSTRALIA | 2016

Best Director for Short Film

Dheeraj Jindal: The School Bag | INDIA | 2016

Manas Shashidharan Jacob: Seher | INDIA | 2017

Alexander Briere, Jonah Fortin: Charlie | CANADA | 2017

Best Screenplay for Short Film

Breakfast With Tiffany: Andrés Molano Moncada | COLOMBIA | 2015

Under One Small Star: Ziyi Zheng | USA | 2017

The Story of 90 Coins: Michael Wong  | CHINA | 2015


Best Documentary

The Last Animals: Kate Brooks | UNITED KINGDOM/USA | 2017

Jue er: Liang Zhefei | CHINA | 2016

Perfume War: Michael Melski | CANADA | 2016

Best Animated Film

Borderline: Seishi Irimajiri | DENMARK | 2017

Barkley: Li-Wei Chiu | TAIWAN/CHINA | 2017

Little Thing: Or Kan tor | ISRAEL | 2016

Best Humanistic Vision

Crested Ibis: Qiao Liang | CHINA | 2017

Salvation: Orkenbek Baysenbay | CHINA | 2017

Cello: Angie Su | USA | 2017

Best Visual Effects

What If: Linda Gasser | GERMANY | 2017

Princess Sparkly Butt and the Hot Dog Kid: Brandon Lane | CANADA | 2017

Little Thing: Or Kan tor | ISRAEL | 2016

Rising Star Award

Alec Toller: Akela | UNITED KINGDOM | 2016

Han Dongjun: The Story of 90 Coins | CHINA | 2015

Seishi Irimajiri: Borderline | DENMARK | 2017

*Special Recommendation award-winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony.


Held annually in Vancouver, Canada, the Vancouver Golden Panda International Film Festival (GPIFF) aims to help discover and support international emerging filmmakers, and to foster collaborations in global film industries. A registered non-profit organization, GPIFF was founded in June 2013 by Orient Star Media Inc. and was formerly known as the Golden Panda International Short Film Festival.

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