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Announcement of Asian Short Film Script Competition


Palm Springs, CA (June 23, 2013) - JBF Productions, the San Francisco-based company fronted by Michelle Yeoh (The Lady, Crouching TIger Hidden Dragon) and Sabrina Chen-Louie, a top producer and distributor on both sides of the Pacific, will be launching the Asian Short Film Script Competition at this year’s Palm Springs International ShortFest.  The announcement was made at the Filmmakers’ Brunch on Sunday June 23rd. 

The Asian Short Film Script Competition was the brainchild of Ms. Chen-Louie, who conceived the competition as a way to bridge East and West through the power of scriptwriting in the short film arena.  Script must contact elements and/or aspects about Asian and Asians.  There is no restriction on film genre. 

“We are not looking necessarily for Asian-centric plots. It’s more of an invitation to incorporate an Asian theme, talent and ideas into what might otherwise be viewed as exclusively Western story lines,” said Ms. Chen-Louie.

With James Dudelson and Ana Clavell of Blairwood Entertainment on board as co-sponsors and members of the jury, Ms. Chen-Louie expects that the net to attract new and established short film talent will be cast wider. “Once we have winners we intend to have the scripts produced with partners in Asia and America. It’s about giving unheard voices a chance. And this is a goal my company shares with Blairwood.” she added.

James Dudelson knows every filmmaker’s plight all too well: he remembers how difficult it was to secure all the funding for his film Matewan, his commitment to get it done surpassing all difficulties. “Sabrina came to us with the idea for the script contest and I immediately loved it, it’s not often you see a producer with this level of commitment to help writers and filmmakers realize their dreams.”  Mr. Dudelson, whose short film Pitch Season competed at ShortFest in 2008 - and is also a loyal sponsor of the Festival. “If there is something I know is that this is the best short film festival in America, and very possibly the world,” he added.

The short format scripts need to be written in Mandarin, English, or both, and can originate in any country.  Script submissions will be accepted from July 1 to September 15, 2013.  Scripts must be between 10-25 pages long.  All script entries must be original and not previously submitted to any contests of festivals.  The final results will be announced on November 30, 2013.  Winners will receive $1,000 for their script and enter online after July 1 when the site goes live.  

“Having developed various projects for JBF, and after my own experience working in international content development and production, I feel strongly about a cultural exchange that will resonate with both the writers we’d like to meet, and with the audience,” said Ms. Clavell (Boarding Pass, ShortFest 2009).  A veteran writer, director and producer, Ms. Clavell credits her success to “all those whose took a chance and believed in what I had to say. That’s why I think Sabrina’s concept is so important, it breaks new ground in what is means to have a cultural exchange in the film industry.”

Ms. Chen-Louie adds: “In line with helping writers and filmmakers there will be no submission fee, and we intend to shepherd our winners into the next level, hopefully all the way into competing, and perhaps winning at next year’s PSISF!”

For more information please visit www.asianfilmscript.com

About Palm Springs International ShortFest
Designated by AMPAS as an award-qualifying festival, and accredited by the International Short Film Conference, the Palm Springs International ShortFest and its Short Film Market are the largest and most prominent short film showcase in North America.  The Festival and its concurrent 3,000-film Market continue to serve as a scouting ground for new filmmaking talent and are well attended by those in the business of buying and selling short films.

The Palm Springs International ShortFest is supported by an ever-growing number of new and longtime sponsors with local, national and international prominence. The Title Sponsor is the City of Palm Springs with Presenting Sponsors The Desert Sun and Spencer’s.  Major Sponsors include, Panavision, Stampede Post Productions, The University of Redlands, New Wave Entertainment, KQED San Francisco and The Australian Consulate General in Los Angeles.  The official host hotel and media center is the Renaissance Palm Springs.  More information is available online at www.psfilmfest.org or by calling (800) 898-7256.

Steven Wilson / Allyssa Rapp
B|W|R Public Relations
swilson@bwr-la.com / arapp@bwr-la.com

David Lee
Palm Springs International Film Festival

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