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Celestial Pictures announces result of screenplay competition

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MUMBAI: Celestial Pictures, the diversified entertainment company, has announced the result of its Shaw Brothers remake screenplay competition that was held along with the Beijing Film Academy (BFA) and Youth Film Studio (YFS).

The screenplay competition was part of Celestial Pictures? New Directors Workshop (NDW) program that was created to discover and nurture new Chinese filmmakers through mentorships and production opportunities utilizing the world-renowned film library of Shaw Brothers.

"Celestial Pictures is proud to announce the winners of the New Directors Workshop and we look forward to nurturing the unique visions of these talented writers and directors with the help of Sylvia, the Beijing Film Academy and Youth Film Studio," said Celestial Pictures CEO Ross Pollack.

"This is just the beginning of a program which we hope will lead to more collaboration among the three parties to provide opportunities for promising directors to have their visions realized," he added.

The winner of the Shaw Brothers remake screenplay competition was Tian Li?s re-interpretation of Love with the Perfect Stranger (which won the Hong Kong Film Award?s Best Screenplay and Best Actress in 1995). The second and third runner-ups were Huang Huang?s version of Loving You (originally directed by Johnnie To) and Wang Mengyuan?s update on The Lady is the Boss (which originally starred Shaw icon Kara Hui).

Award-winning producer and director Sylvia Chang presented the awards to the winners and shared valuable directorial insights with the attending guests.

The Shaw Brothers remake screenplay competition, launched in 2011, was open to BFA?s 2011 graduating class as well past graduates of BFA?s directors program.

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