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The 7th CON-CAN Award Ceremony

The 7th CON-CAN Award Ceremony

On December 20th, the Award Ceremony for CON-CAN Movie Festival: CORTO TOKYO 2010 was held at the Okuma Auditorium, Waseda University (Shinjuku, Tokyo). This year, we received films from approximately 70 countries worldwide resulting in a record total of over 1,000 submissions and we were blessed with the appearance of 3 award winning directors at the award ceremony. Furthermore, thanks to the cooperation of Kohei Ando Laboratory, we screened “The Tiger Factory” (2010) directed by Woo Ming Jin and produced by Edmund Yeo and “Inhalation” (2010.), a spin-off film created by switching each other’s role. “The Tiger Factory” was invited to attend the Directors’ Fortnight of Cannes Film Festival 2010 and in addition, Edmund Yeo is the director of “Fleeting Images”, the Grand Prix of CON-CAN Movie Festival 2009. Thanks to our supporters, we were able to hold the screening of the 6 prize-winning films and the award ceremony in a pleasant atmosphere.

This year, we organized an offline screening of selected shorts from the 8 CORTO TOKYO 2010 competition programs for the first time. It was kicked off on Dec. 18 at the Raiosha Symposium Space in Keio University, Hiyoshi Campus and continued at the Ono Memorial Hall, Waseda University on Dec. 19. In addition to the screening of films, we hosted a couple of special events including a lecture by Cagla Zencirci & Guillaume Giovanetti, the directors of the 5th CON-CAN Grand Prix film “Ata” on the 18th and a discussion with 2 special guest directors, Tetsuaki Matsue and Ken Furusawa on the 20th. On another note, a few directors of the nominated films from CORTO TOKYO 2010 made an appearance during the screenings to talk about their film. Further details considering the schedule of events can be found here.

After screening the award winning films on Dec. 20, a ceremony was held with the Melina Leon (director of the Grand Prix Award film “Lili's Paradise”), Said Najmi (director of the Best Fiction Award film “The Flute (Al Nai)”) and Taijin Takeuchi (director of the Best Animation Award film “a song like a fish”). The audience enjoyed the discussion between the award winning film-makers, as well as their interesting production episodes. Unfortunately, the 3 other awardees were unable to attend the award ceremony but they were all present in spirit. The ceremony closed with the Chairman of the CON-CAN Movie Festival, Masahiro Yoshino, presenting each of the directors with a certificate and prize.

Despite being the busiest time of the year, many have gathered to celebrate this special occasion with us, which is truly a blessing. All of us at CON-CAN would like to send our sincerest gratitude to all the participants, the members of Keio University and Kohei Ando Laboratory of Waseda University in helping us organize this successful event, and everyone who was present. We look forward in seeing all of you again next year!!