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Unitec celebrates AMFF wins

Unitec’s Department of Performing and Screen Arts (PASA) in Auckland was the big winner at the Asia Micro Film Festival held in China this month. Unitec’s 2014 grad film Mine (pictured, top) was jointly awarded Best International Short Film with Wong Cha Cha, written and directed by PASA HOD, Alex Lee. Lee is also a film producer and current chair of Film Auckland.

Also sharing the prize were three other titles, suggesting that while the judges might know a thing or two about films, their decision-making skills could be sharper.

Lee’s Wong Cha Cha is about a displaced elderly Singaporean migrant who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young European woman through their mutual love for Latin dance. Mine was written by Emilia Robinson and directed by Paloma Schneideman, and crewed by Unitec students as part of their graduation work last year. The film tells the story of a young mother who must come to terms with the consequences of a difficult decision.

Schneideman says making Mine was a “real celebration of collaboration”, a sentiment shared by Lee, who said the film’s continued success on the national and international film festival circuit was shared by the entire cast and crew as well as the teaching team at Unitec.

The Asia Micro Film Festival 2015 was held in the Yunnan District, and organised by the City of LinCang, state broadcaster China Central TV and the National TV Artistes Association of China, 5 films were jointly awarded Best International Short Film.

The other winning titles were: Sein Lyan Tun’s Rula (Burma), Wregas Bhanuteja’s Lemantuan (Indonesia), and Mark Lee’s Eraser (Malaysia).

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