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:: Spotlight :: Hu Wei’s ‘Butter Lamp’ wins 70 prestigious film awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Hu Wei’s cultural film Butter Lamp has been capturing the heart of the film world and was praised by the film committee at Cannes Film Festival for its bold attempts in film language. This was not the only respected film festival to take notice of this exciting film, as it has achieved the grand total of 70 film prestige film awards and was selected by over 200 film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Rotterdam Film Festival and the New York Film Festival, quite a feat for a little film from China.

In the Butter Lamp, a young photographer and his assistant suggest to Tibetan nomads to take their picture. Against diverse and mote of less exotic backgrounds, families appear to the photographer. Through these shots, the photographer weaves unique links with each of the various villagers. Butter Lamp’s director Hu Wei was born in Beijing, China, he lives and works between Beijing and Paris. Wei graduated at La Femis, the National School of Fine Arts in Paris and Le Fresnoy. Butter Lamp is only his third film, although this multi-award winning movie is only his second fictional short and now this talented director is currently directing his first ever feature film. AFI Film Festival selection also praised the film, “The Grand Jury prize for Live Action caught us by surprise with its spellbinding and poetic simplicity. Traversing hundreds of miles of geography and spanning generations of time without leaving one central location, this film functions as a profound mediation on the practice and effects of image making.”

This live action short was written by the director Hu Wei, stars real life Tibetan nomads and was produced by Julien Feret, the beautiful cinematography was created by Stephane Degieau and Jean Legrand. Some of the 70 awards include; the Grand Prize at the Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival, the Golden Plaque Award at the Chicago Film Festival, the prestigious Grand Jury Award at AFI Film Festival (American Film Institute), a winner at London’s Raindance Film Festival, Best Short Film at Mexico’s Guanajuato International Film Festival and it was selected for a EFA (European Film Awards) nomination.

Wei wished to create a film between fiction and documentary, reality and drama, modern civilization and traditional habits. This award winning film and his outstanding work has captured the attention of the worldwide film industry, making his initial wish quite the reality.

AWARDS

» Grand Prize Award – Clermont-Ferrard Short Film Festival (France)

» Firebird Award – Hong Kong Film International Festival (Hong Kong)

» Audience Award – Angers Film Festival (France)

» Press Award – The Outdoor Short Film Festival of Grenobl (France)

» Golden Arena Best Short Film Award – Pula Film Festival (Croatia)

» Best Short Fiction Award – Guanajuato International Film Festival (Mexico)

» Best Film Award – Kinemastk International Short Film Festival (Malta)

» International Audience Award – Glasgow Short film Festival (Scotland)

» Best Experimental Short Film – Los Angeles Film Festival

» Grand Prize Award – Silence on Court (France)

» ADCI Award and Generation Map of the World Award – Capalbio Cinema International Short Film Festival (Italy)

» Golden Donkey Award – Concorto Film Festival (Italy)

» Best Short Film – IFVA Festival (Hong Kong)

» Best Short Film – Trento Film Festival (Italy)

» Grand Prize – In the Palace Short film Festival (Bulgaria)

» Best Experimental Film – In the Palace Short film Festival (Bulgaria)

» Golden Plate Award – Belgrade Documentary and Short film Festival (Serbia)

» Best Art Film Award – Go Short International Film Festival (Netherlands)

» Best Director Award – Kingbonn New Media and Short Film Festival (China)

» Best Short Film Award – Scarborough Film Festival (Canada)

» Special Mention Award – International Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg Film Festival (Germany)

» Best Short Film – 20 Min Max International Short Film Fest Festival (Germany)

» Grand Prize – Lama Film Festival (France)

» Best Short Film – the Human Rights Nights Film Festival (Bologne)

» Jury Award – Tenerife International Short Film Festival (Spain)

» Best Short Film – Ekadeshma Festival of Contemporary Cinema (Nepal)

» Premier Prize – Festival International Curtametraxes of BUEU (Spain)

» Best Short Film – Batumi International Art-House Film Festival (Georgia)

» Audience Award – Future Shorts (Worldwide Audience)

» Grand Jury Award – AFI American Film Institute Film Festival (USA)

» Gold Plate Award – Chicago Film Festival (USA)

» Golden Horse Award – Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (Taïwan)

» Special Jury Prize – Rio de Janeiro International Short film Festival (Brazil)

» Special Jury Mention – Bucharest International Film Festival (Romania)

» Green S.O.S Awards – Kaohsiung Film Festival (Taïwan)

« Best Fiction Award – Bogota Film Festival (Colombia)

« Grand Prize – International Short Film Festival Winterthur (Switzerland)

» Public Award – International Short Film Festival Winterthur (Switzerland)

« Best Short Film – China Independent Film Festival (China)

« Best Short Film – Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival (Ireland)

« Best Short Film – Molodist Kiev International Festival International (Ukraine)

« Grand Prize – Vladivostok International Film Festival (Russia)

» European Film Prize – Festival International du court-métrage de Drama (Greece)

« Best fiction film – St.Petersburg International Festival (Russia)

« Best documentary short – Raindance Film Festival (London, England)