The inaugural Mobile PhoneMovie Awards - organised by Beijing-based Zonbo Media, Xian city government andXian Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone - closed yesterday in
Father,directed by Qin Xiaopeng, took the top prize, the best film award, winning$1,265 (RMB10,000).
Another $1,265 award, forbest creative film, went to 3D animation AnBan Jiang Hu (lit trans: KitchenBattlefield), directed by Deng Qiang and Huang Liang.
The best director award wentto Zhang Qi's Black And White and RenYuan's Cross Talk Fan, with eachwinner receiving a $630 (RMB5,000) cash award. Winners of the above four awardsare also offered a contract with Zonbo Media as film directors.
Fruit Chan is currentlypreparing one segment of a three-part feature with Zonbo Media entitled Xian Story. Taiwanese filmmaker SilviaChang will direct the
Beijing-based Zonbo Medialast year produced a collection of eight short films, Focus, The Moment, with directors including Jia Zhangke, WangXiaoshuai and Xiao Jiang. The project wasone of the first in
Zonbo is now collaboratingwith telco China Unicom and internet portal Sina to show short films to bothcell phones and on Sina.com.