On the afternoon of October 25, 2019, "2019 Agnès Varda Award" ceremony was held in CAFA Art Museum. Ning Hao, a famous film director, screenwriter, and founder of the Dirty Monkey 72 Transformations Film Project, won the heavyweight award "Star of the Year".
Lv Pinjing, Vice President of CAFA; Zhang Zikang, Curator of CAFA Art Museum, exhibition planner of the Agnès Varda Award; Wang Zhong, Dean of School of Urban Design, exhibition planner of the Agnès Varda Award, Ning Hao, winner of "Star of the Year" and also film director, Sabrina Baracetti, President of Italian Far East Film Festival and other guests attended the awards ceremony. The ceremony was hosted by Ning Ying, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Agnès Varda Award.
Agnès Varda Award is a video art exchange event authorized and organized by Ms. Agnès Varda, French film director and artist, in 2012, when she held a large-scale solo exhibition in CAFA Art Museum. The award was established to encourage cross-boundary creation, devoting to bring film creation back to the authentic state and to impel the experimental spirit into the mainstream culture.
Director Varda left us forever in March 2019. To this end, the organizing committee set up a “Part to Commemorating Varda” specially and edited an 18-minute commemorative film based on her last feature film Varda par Agnès, which was interpreted by director Ning Ying, to express the unlimited respect and deep nostalgia to Varda. In just 18 minutes, the editor Song Song recreated a Varda in a weight-lifting manner, allowing the audience to appreciate her vigorous creativity and unlimited imagination once again.
Previous Agnès Varda Award “Star of the Year" winner, contemporary artist Xu Bing, filmmaker&musician Cui Jian, film director Wu Ershan, musician&film director Gao Xiaosong and many other famous contemporary cross-boundary artists sent commemorative videos. While commemorating Varda, they also expressed their blessings and wishes to Agnès Varda Award.
Lv Pinjing, Vice President of Central Academy of Fine Arts, delivering a speech
Lv Pinjing, Vice President of CAFA, said in his speech that CAFA created the Agnès Varda Award to encourage experimental spirit and exploration spirit. The spirit not only encourages filmmakers but also inspires artists. The Agnès Varda Award link experimental images to film industry, constantly thinking about cross-boundary feature and building bridges between CAFA and other major art schools, art talents and film technology, as well as independent artists and mainstream platforms.
Tania Khali, Head of Film and Television Department of the French Embassy in China, delivering a speech
Tania Khali, head of Film and Television Department of the French Embassy in China, delivered a speech on behalf of the French Embassy in China. She said that Varda was not only a film author, but also a photographer and a stylist, whose rich expressiveness and free imagination were derived from her thoughts. This award is a salute to both director''''''''s career of Ning Hao and his support for young directors.
Director Ning Ying, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Agnès Varda Award，hosting the awards ceremony
Director Ning Hao won the “Star of the Year"
This year''''''''s “Star of the Year" was won by Ning Hao, a famous film director, screenwriter, and founder of the Dirty Monkey 72 Transformations Film Project. His films are based in local China and have recorded the changing moments of contemporary society. With a unique perspective and an aesthetic style with distinctive personal labels, he has created one after another landmark works in the history of Chinese film. The organizing committee invited Ms. Isabelle Glachant, representative of French Film Federation in Greater China Region and a senior film producer to present the award to Ning Hao.
The finalists of Agnès Varda Award were selected from 247 works submitted by major art schools at home and abroad. Ning Hao was the chairman of the jury. The judges also found Sabrina Baracetti, founder and chairman of Italian Far East Film Festival, and Qi Kang, Senior Director of iQIYI and General Manager of Canran Theatre Studio.
First prize winner, director of the documentary The Land of Peach Blossoms
First prize winner, director of Summer Behind the Door
The Documentary The Land of Peach Blossoms(directed by Zhou Mingying，Sichuan Fine Arts Institute) and The drama Summer Behind the Door (directed by He Qiuyao, Hu Yinghai, Beijing Film Academy) won the first prize. The cartoonThe Surroundings of CAFA (jointly directed and created by Zhang Chenxing, Zhang Qianyi, He Guiyang, Wang Yanrusi etc, Central Academy of Fine Arts), the drama The Carp Bond (directed by Yang Guomin, The Central Academy of Drama), the drama Drop By Home (directed by Yan Kunao, Communication University of China) won the second prize. The drama The Birth (directed by Zhu Haonan, The Central Academy of Drama), the cartoon Beast (directed by Liu Daohang, East China Normal University), the drama Cupid (directed by Ju Shutong, The Central Academy of Drama), the drama Sparrows，Sparrows (directed by Chen Muchi, Central Academy of Fine Arts), the cartoon The Future that We Lost(directed by Gao Wenqian, China Academy of Art), the cartoon MANHUNT (directed by Wang Lu, Central Academy of Fine Arts),the drama Isolated Island (directed by Ji Zhengyu, Central Academy of Fine Arts) etcwon the third prize.
Director Han Han led representatives of Tingdong Film presenting a "Tingdong Award" to the work The Carp Bond
In recognition of Bo Le, who has "exclusively cultivated talents", the Agnès Varda Award established a new “Bo Le Award" to award teachers who have made outstanding contributions in coaching students’ creation. The first "Bo Le Award" was awarded to Qiao Le (The Central Academy of Drama), teacher of the work The Carp Bond, Cupid, The Birth. and Cheng Kemei (Central Academy of Fine Arts), teacher of the work The Surroundings of CAFA, MANHUNT and Isolated Island.
Agnès Varda Award, which has gone through seven sessions, is highly recognized by the French official and the European International Film Festival for its distinctive academic style and high-level finalists. It has also attracted the attention of insiders and outsiders. This year, director Han Han, leading Tingdong Films, and Mr. Pan Shiyi, Chairman of SOHO China, respectively presented “Tingdong Award” and “Special Encouragement Award” to the two works The Carp Bondand Summer Behind the Door in the form of scholarships to encourage the bold creation of young people.
At the end of the awards ceremony, the judges had a lively interaction with the winners and experts. Maria Christina Regazzoni, wife of the Swiss Ambassador to China, Tania Khali, film and television director of the French Embassy in China, Yi Sha, representative of French Film Federation in Greater China Region and a film producer, Qi Kang, senior director of iQIYI and general manager of Canran Theatre Studio, Pan Shiyi, Chairman of SOHO China, Chen Yezi, representative of Tingdong Film Industry, Liu Shu, Art Director of Centennial Lecture Hall of Peking University, Xu Shujun, former deputy general manager of Chinese film co-production company, Fu Jia, a film producer and principal of CFDG, Fang Bin, director of Dadi Cinema, Wang Qi, general manager of Aiwo Film, He Changcheng, Founding Chairman of APDF-Asia Pacific Designers Alliance and chairman of IAI Global Design Award and so on also attended.
Photo of the guests
The awards ceremony
Photo of the guests
Article and Photos by School of Urban Design Edited by Song Manqing, Publicity Department
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