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Beijing College Student Film Festival underway

Hong Kong action film star Donnie Yen is featured in the latest film to open the 17th Beijing College Student Film Festival. "Ip Man 2" is the sequel about Kungfu master Yip Man, the mentor of Bruce Lee.

The 17th Beijing College Student Film Festival opened at the Haidian Theater on Wednesday afternoon. Leading actors and the film's director spoke with college students before "Ip Man 2" was screened as the opening movie.


The release is the film's global premiere before it hits cinemas across China at the end of the month. At last year's festival, the first episode of "Ip Man" got a good response from the college audience and won the Best Director and Best Actor awards. Donnie Yen shows his confidence for this latest production as well.

Donnie Yen said, "Since Ip Man won such support and recognition from the audience, we have been working hard to produce a sequel to match the first installment. We have aimed to make a movie that will allow the whole world to see the excellence of our Chinese culture. Ip Man 2 might be the last of my movies about the kungfu master. However, we will keep up the spirit and make more good movies on Chinese culture. "

Now in its 17th session, the Beijing College Student Film Festival is screening more movies than ever. 155 domestic films joined this round of competition. 39 entries are up for major awards including "Cow", "The Message", "Examination 1977" , "Apart Together" and "Ip Man 2". The 39 films will be screened in 11 colleges around China. A panel of judges comprised of insiders and college students will choose the winners.

Wednesday's opening ceremony was also attended by leading Chinese filmmakers like Liu Yunlong. His movie "Eastern Wind, Rain" is also competing in the festival. The jury of the Festival is composed of both leading young academics and experts. Among the criteria being scrutinized are artistic quality and depth of thought.

Editor: Liu Fang | Source: CCTV.com
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