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US tailored scripts set for the movies

By Deng Zhangyu (

13:41, April 22, 2013

After receiving more than 1,000 screenplays from US-based contestants, organizers of the 2013 Beijing International Screenwriting Competition announced a collaboration on Friday with the Beijing Film Academy to film the scripts from finalists.

"We will select talented students from our postgraduates and graduates to help shoot final screenplays centered on Beijing," said Xie Xiaojing, vice-president of the Beijing Film Academy.

The ongoing screenwriting competition, it started in March in the US, asked US-based writers of all nationalities to submit short and feature film scripts on the topic of Beijing and its multifaceted culture.

Results will be unveiled on May 20.

The finalists will have an all-expenses-paid trip to Beijing in June and take part in the shooting of their screenplays.

China's biggest online video content distributor for TV dramas and films LeTV will provide the online platform for finished works.

"We've received more than 1,000 screenplays overall. Six of the short film scripts will be made into movies in June," said one of the two judges of the competition Tracey Trench, consultant to Oriental Dreamworks.

Trench said she is looking for authenticity and originality.

"It can be dramatic, love stories or comedies. I'd love different types of ideas," said Trench.

According to Zhang Huiguang, director of the Beijing Cultural Assets Office and president of the competition, students from 13 top universities in the US, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, and the Julliard School, have submitted their screenplays for short films.

The competition for short film screenplays is open only to US students; for feature films it is open to the public.

"We hope young people in the US will know more about Beijing and China by taking part in our contest," said Zhang.

The competition is organized by the Cultural Assets Office of Beijing municipal government and sponsored by Harvardwood, a nonprofit organization for Harvard University alumni.

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