Xu Tong’s FORTUNE TELLER wins NETPAC Award

Xu Tong accepts the NETPAC award at the Chongqing Independent Film and Video Festival

By Isabella Tianzi Cai

At the 4th Chongqing Independent Film and Video Festival this year, Xu Tong’s Fortune Teller won the NETPAC Award for the Best Feature-length Film. Ten films were nominated for this category; they included Liu Jiayin’s Oxhide 2 (distributed by dGenerate Films) and Qiu Jiongjiong’s Madame.

The 2010 CIFVF was presented in partnership with Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC), a regional organization formed in 1990 for the recognition and development of Asian films. Over the past two decades, NETPAC has made many valuable contributions to Asian cinema. The institution of the NETPAC Award, for instance, is one of them. As of the present, the NETPAC Award is offered at 28 film festivals in 21 countries. It is stated on their website that “as more Asian films were selected for exhibition for world audiences, a yardstick for quality . . . that matched the competitive spirit fueling the creative urges of young Asian filmmakers” was necessary.

Roughly 130 people came for the screening of Fortune Teller in the 2010 CIFVF and attended the Q&A session with Xu Tong afterwards. CIFVF organizer Ying Liang, whose features Taking Father Home and The Other Half are distributed by dGenerate, was the moderator for the event. (Report in Chinese at Liang You)

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