Award Winner and Honorees Announced: The 2nd MEIHODO International Visual Media Festival North American Region Competition

4th Poster Edition © Zing Art Group, The 2nd MEIHODO International Visual Media Festival North American Region Competition

Zing Art Group Inc. is pleased to announce the final Award Winner and Honorees of the Second MEIHODO International Youth Visual Media Festival Award of the North American Region.

Hosted by Brilliant Media & Communications LLC, Zing Art Group, as the primary organizer, has issued an open call for entries of all media-based artworks in the North America Region and have collected high volumes of submissions of works from young emerging artists and filmmakers by the end of June, 2019. 31 shortlisted entries from North America came from 41 universities in the United States (well-reputed comprehensive universities such as Harvard University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, and University of California, Los Angeles, as well as top-rate art schools such as the Parsons School of Design, Rhode Island School of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, Pratt Institute School of Art, School of Visual Arts, Savannah College of Art and Design, Indiana University and Rochester Institute of Technology).

Very much delighted, Zing Art Group has invited industry experts, critics, professional artists and filmmakers to join the jury committee for the final selection of the works of the Second MEIHODO Visual Media Award Prize of the North America Region.

Jury Committee:

Rosa Valado. Contemporary Artist, Founder and Director of The Greenpoint Film Festival since 2011, and Woven Spaces since 1996, a not-for-profit arts organization working with communities worldwide.

Simone Douglas. Curator, Contemporary Artist, Director of MFA Fine Arts Program, and Professor at Parsons The New School for Design.

Ewing Yiyun Luo 骆翼云. Filmmaker. Directed Peacemaker from Nankingwhich received International Emmys JCS Young Creatives Award. Producing work includes feature film The Last which screened in Chicago Jewish Film Festival.

Bruno Barros. Independent Filmmaker, Producer, who is known for his works on A Quiet Place (2018), Tully (2018), Spider-man: Far from Home (2019).

Lingfei Luan 栾凌菲. Scholar in Film Criticism, Member of China Film Association, Society for the Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image, and Ph.D. Candidate in Neural & Cognitive Sciences at Bowling Green State University.

Here is the Final Announcement of the Award Winner and Honorees of the Second MEIHODO International Youth Visual Media Festival Award of the North American Region.

Award Winner:

Audry Funk

Digital Film Poster © Audry Funk by Yiwei Chen and Chuang Xu.

Yiwei Chen

New York based independent filmmaker. She received her master’s degree in Social Documentary Films from School of Visual Arts.specializes in documentary and commercial films. Key focuses in her work are women, youth culture, and creatives. Her recent personal documentary film Audry Funk has been selected to present in New York Independent Film Festival. Chen has been working with editorial and commercial clients. Past clients include Estée Lauder; InStyle; Nautica; VISION; Burgundy Assemblage; ZOHO Music and others.

Chuang Xu

Chuang Xu is a multi-disciplinary film director and producer based in New York. After receiving his MFA degree in Social Documentary Film in School of Visual Arts, Chuang co-founded the film production company “Mrs. Skeleton.” Since 2016, he has been working on his new documentary feature “Twinkle Dammit!” which features the celebrated pianist Margaret Leng Tan and composer George Crumb.

Chuang’s career started in 2013, he worked for Conservation International, produced short documentary series for CI’s freshwater project and “Nature is speaking” series in China. His short fiction film projects got different awards at film festivals in China, Hong Kong and Japan.

Director Statement

My work takes a critical view of social and cultural issues. Having engaged subjects as diverse as the immigrant rights movement, Asian-American hip-hop music and contemporary women’s voice, my work reproduces familiar visual and aural signs, arranging them into new conceptually cinematic journeys. My films use realistic settings with a large scope to open the imagination and ignite the curiosity of an audience. Although there may not always be material similarities between the different projects they are linked by recurring formal concerns and through the subject matter. The effect of this allows viewers to ‘escape’ and let their guard down, which in turn allows me to open them to ideas and emotions.

Statement & Synopsis

Trailer:

Film Trailer © Audry Funk by Yiwei Chen and Chuang Xu.

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Silver Plate Prize:

APPTOPIA

JIǓ SHÉN • DIONYSUS: TRILOGY

North American Region 2nd Place Honorees:

Digital Film Poster © APPTOPIA by Mengna Jiang.

Mengna Jiang

Gained her BFA in Drama Film, and Television from Beijing Film Academy, Mengna Jiang received a full tuition scholarship to pursue her MS degree in Design Media Art at the University of California. Los Angeles (UCLA). Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally with solo and group exhibitions including Weight Gallery, LA, LA ART SHOW, Grad Gallery, Cerritos College Art Collective & Festival, LA. As lead Production designer, she has been widely in charge of various film production including Iron Hands, Summer Park, which have been selected for over 75 Festivals and Awards events worldwide and has been honored with many prestigious award including: Best Foreign Short Film Award, 16th Tribeca Film Festival, 21st Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film, Seoul International Youth Film Festival, Pineapple Underground Film Festival, and Remi Award Winner, Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival.

Snapshot © APPTOPIA by Mengna Jiang.

Statement & Synopsis

Snapshot © APPTOPIA by Mengna Jiang.

Sometimes, they appear to be sighing and attempting to communicate with each other. With a virtual world that is filled with all kinds of social media means, their loss of communication seems particularly absurd and ultimately, ironic. In other words, the two characters’ attempt at communication is simply an act of performativity as they try to mimic a conversation. Nevertheless, their exchange of feelings is carried out and visualized through symbols: they are seemingly forced to spit out a string of social media logos from their mouths, such as Facebook, Yelps, Twitter, etc. Additionally, their bodies are affixed by digital Apps symbols, the semiotic tattoo of today’s cyberculture. Indeed, I have come to think of the world as an ensemble of apps; I feel that my life has been reconstructed into as a string of apps, a “meta-app.” As the feeling that social media apps have taken over my life grew stronger, a miniature of desolate- uninhabited- futuristic city that is swallowed up by apps began to formulate itself in my mind. Perhaps the two lonely giant protagonists represent today’s postmodern people. We are lonely, yet refuse to talk. The pleasure of social networking consumes us. We are forced to accept every new trendy technology passively. Our hate-love relationship with digital media is separating us from the real world, leading us towards a psychological limbo that is full of hedonism and escapism.

Digital Film Poster ©JIǓ SHÉN • DIONYSUS: TRILOGY by Scynge Xing.

Scynge Xing

www.xingyunxin.com

Born in Beijing, China, Scynge Xing is a New York-based multimedia artist whose interdisciplinary work deals with issues of identity, memories, and personal narratives. Graduated from Parsons the School of Design with an MFA degree in Fine Art, Xing creates works which explore the ontology and the representation of the individual, for whom its notion always remains in flux through the medium of time and space. Her work has been showing internationally with both solo and group exhibitions including Westfield World Trade Center, Piers 59 Studio, NY, Westbeth Gallery, NY, Skybridge Art Space, NY, 25 East Gallery, NY, Carlos Art Gallery,TN, and Longmen Art Museum, Beijing.

Jiǔ Shén • Dionysus, Trilogy: Part I © Scynge.Studio.Presents.

Artist Statement:

Jiǔ Shén • Dionysus, Trilogy: Part II © Scynge.Studio.Presents.

Synopsis:

Jiǔ Shén • Dionysus, Trilogy: Part III ©Scynge.Studio.Presents.

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Bronze Plate Prize:

Poetic Gaze

Wall

Dreamland

BK Bridge

Chinese in New York

Drive Through

North American Region 3rd Place Honorees:

Digital Film Poster © Poetic Gaze by CAIYIXUAN and YUXIAORAY

Yixuan Cai

Graduated from Rhode Island School of Design, major in Architecture, and minor in Film/Amination/Video. Her practice spans from architecture/space design, video and film, to participatory art and theatre. Her works investigate the narrative in space, formation of action and relations in participatory art. Her film and video works take on a poetic and humorous tone in portraying serious situation (issues). Her film is guided and recommended by Ramon Rivera-Moret and Sheri Wills.

Xiaorui Yu

Specialize in computer art, visual effects, 3D animation and compositing, cinematography and photography. By combining production and post production skills, such as green screen and 4k video workflow, Xiaorui Yu has been pursuing perfection of filmmaking, technically, visually and narratively. His work is guided and recommended by Chris Newman.

Statement & Synopsis

Digital Poster © Wall by Nandan Sam He.

Nandan Sam He

Nandan Sam He (GuangDong, China 1991) is a multimedia artist whose work mainly swing between interactive sculpture, mix media video/animation installation. She gain her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, and MFA from Mount Royal School of Interdisciplinary Art. Her work has been exhibited in Yui Gallery, New York; Novado Gallery, Long Island City; Elsewhere studio, Colorado; Sheila& Richard Riggs gallery, Baltimore; Maryland federation of art, Washington; Walter Otero Contemporary Art Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico; etc. She is the Co-Founder of Chameleon Gallery, now lives and works in New York.

Selected Work: Wall

Fuchen Kuang

Selected Work: Bk Bridge

Photography © BK Bridge byFuchen Kuang.

Wenkai Li

Selected Work: Dreamland

Digital Poster© Dreamland by Wenkai Li.

Artist Statement

In her art works, she wants to talk about the relationship between reality world and ideal world. she thinks the ideal world is always present form people’s spiritual and dreams are the continuation of life and diffusion of perception. So she always uses dream as an entry point. She wants to create her own dreamland, which is fulfilled with her personal emotion and her understanding about time, space, and emotion.

For her, idealism is a pursuit based on belief. Idealism must be based on the spiritual level, but it does not exclude material. Then, idealism is closely linked with faith and it always from some places where have belief. With the development of society, people become more and more realism because of some specifically reasons. She just wants to say we live in a reality world but we still need to keep something beautiful inner.

Jiaqi Pan

Selected Work: Drive-Through

Photography © Drive-Through by Jiaqi Pan.

Artist Statement

Shaoyi Zhang

ARTIST WEBSITE:

Artist Statement

In this project, the settings and props indicate the subject’s occupation: a Chinese physicist in front of a blackboard full of chalk computations; a Chinese artist standing in his sculptures studio a police officer sitting on car bumper. I choose the portraits’ locations by spending time at each subject’s workplace, but once the scene is established I carefully frame, style, and light the image.

Selected Work: Chinese in New York

Photography © Chinese in New York by Shaoyi Zhang.

INVITATION LIST

OFFICIAL SCREENING AND EXHIBITION AT 2ND MEIHODO YOUTH INTERNATIONAL VISUAL MEDIA FESTIVAL, FUKUOKA, JAPAN:

影片展映

陈艺唯 | 许创

Audry Funk

YIXUAN CAI | XIAORUI YU

蔡艺璇 | 于晓睿

Poetic Gaze

EMILY YING CHEN | 陈颖

撞Conflict

NANDAN SAM HE | 赫南丹

Wall

MENGNA JIANG | 姜蒙娜

Apptopia

WENKAI LI | 李汶锴

Dreamland

MENGMEI PAN | 泮梦媚

Sound Notes 4.0

SHIFEI TAI | 太史飞

Last Word

SCYNGE XING | 邢云馨

JiǔShén • Dionysus: A Line

DIER ZHANG | 张荻⼉

Collective Ritual

HARRY HONGYU ZHOU | 周泓宇

In-Between

摄影展览

Rust Fancy

Shelly Wuchao Feng | 冯吴超

In-Out-Sider

Fuchen Kuang | 匡扶臣

BK Bridge

Ming-Hsuan Lee | 李明轩

Forest Whispers

Lanny Xiuzhu Li | 李修⽵

RED

Xiaohan Li | 李箫函

Hide & See

Wenqingao Reven Lei | 雷文晴骜

Lost in Metamorphoses

Jiaqi Pan | 潘佳琪

Drive Through

Ryan Jiaqi Song | 宋佳奇

Ordinary

Yiyi Wang | 王一伊

Misty Cloud

Liang Xi | 梁熙

Jumper

Ye Xu | 徐晔

Mu Qu Zhao Lai:暮去朝来

Yan Yu | 闫雨

New Chinatown Archive

Shaoyi Zhang | 张绍亿

Chinese in New York

Zoe Zhewei Zhao | 赵哲巍

Observation

MEIHODO International Youth Visual Media Festival

https://www.miuvef.com

MEIHODO International Youth Visual Media Festival, jointly organized by MEIHODO Co., Ltd. and Beijing Film Academy, is a communicative platform for young visual media professionals from all over the world. The festival aims to foster the growth of today’s visual media talents, promote global development and education of this art form to guide future trends, and attract skillful visual media makers and journalists global wide to this international platform. In this way, we hope to contribute our own effort to the cultivation of a reserve of creative young talents with global visions in this new era of multimedia.

Zing Art Group Inc

https://www.zingartgroup.com

Primary Organizer of the North America Region of the 2nd MEIHODO International Youth Visual Media Festival Award

Zing Art Group is the first and largest Asian artist and event planning agency in North America. The artists presented by Zing Art Group have won international awards, such as A’ Design Award, GDUSA, Core77, IDA, etc. Zing Art Group work closely with more than 50 art institutions and galleries worldwide to provide the best resources and opportunities to help shape artists’ career path. Zing Art Group hopes to establish effective communication and to build up the platform of visibility for outstanding young Asian artists. Zing Art Group is dedicated to young artists’ professional development and aims to promote art and innovations of the Asian Art community in North America through different curatorial events, publications, and public media exposure.

Zing Art Group is the first and largest Emerging Asian Artist Agency and Event Planning Company in North America.