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Shanghai names market award winners

The Shanghai International Film Festival’s SIFF Project market closed last night (June 19) with Gao Bo’s Fantasy Journey picking up the award for Most Promising Investment Project.

Budgeted at $2m, the road movie is about a father who takes his previously unknown nine-year-old daughter to flee a creditor while masking the sadness of the things they encounter on the way with fanciful stories he makes up.

Gao’s previous credits include The Piano In A Factory, Only Walk and Lemon.

Li Xiaofeng’s Scrape My Bone took the award for Most Creative Project. Based on a novel, the China Film Pitch and Catch (CFPC) selection portrays the development of two teenagers’ stories in four chapters spanning the four seasons.

Li previously worked as a scriptwriter and actor on Zhang Yuan’s Dada’s Dance.

Three projects won the Phenom Films Special Attention Award: Lu Yitong’s Invisible Tattoo – one of the Co-production Film Pitch and Catch (Co-FPC) projects; Tian Yuan’s Forgot to Forget;, and Luo Dong’s New York, New York. The last two are CFPC projects.

The KO Special Award went to Wang Yuelun’s Co-FPC project Love.

This year’s jury president was award-winning filmmaker Sun Zhou, joined by jury members including producers Lee Lieh, Gary Kurtz and Philip Lee.

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