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.