Every year Chinese Visual Festival assembles a team of top industry experts, academics and filmmakers to select the very best films from the programme. This year the CVF Jury includes Lai Weijie, Kit Hung and Noemi Lemoine-Blanchard…
This year also marks the inaugural awarding of the CVF Golden Dram, our top prize, awarded to the very best film of the festival as selected by the jury. Symbolising a toast or ganbei to the director and team behind the winning film, the Golden Dram represents the everything that the festival stands for in bringing cutting edge Chinese language cinema to the UK, and is an international stamp of recognition and quality, like the fine single malt that it is named after.
About Noemi Lemoine-Blanchard
Noemi Lemoine-Blanchard graduated from a Chinese Studies MA and Film Exhibition and Curation MSc at the University of Edinburgh. She is specialised in Chinese cinema and film curation. She has worked for a number of local festivals in Edinburgh and China and has an interest in programming and filming. She first got involved with the CVF by producing its 2018 tour in Edinburgh and is now a member of the team in London. She also works freelance on a range of Chinese culture-related projects in England and Scotland.
About Lai Weijie
Lai Weijie is a film producer based in Singapore and Toronto, Canada. A graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia under the Media Education Scheme Scholarship from the Media Development Authority of Singapore, his producing credits include the debut feature Pop Aye by Kirsten Tan – winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Screenwriting (Sundance Film Festival), the VPRO Big Screen Award (International Film Festival Rotterdam), and the Best Film Prize International Competition (Zurich Film Festival). His latest feature project Taste by Vietnamese filmmaker Lê Bảo is slated for a 2020 release. Selected at Cannes L’Atelier, the project received both the Co-Production Award and the ARTE International Prize at TorinoFilmLab, Most Promising Project at the Southeast Asian Film Lab, as well as support from Purin Pictures, the World Cinema Fund and Cinémas du Monde. As Senior Programme Manager at the Singapore International Film Festival, Weijie oversees the Asian, Classics, and Focus sections of the programme and started three development initiatives: the Southeast Asian Film Lab, the Youth Jury & Critics Programme, and the Southeast Asian Producers Network.
About Kit Hung
Kit Hung graduated with an M.F.A. from the Department of Film, Video and New Media, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lecturer of the Academy of film, Hong Kong Baptist University, his films have won numerous international awards and were screened at over 120 international film festivals. His debut feature Soundless Wind Chime was nominated for the Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, released in more than 16 countries in 6 languages. He is currently a research student in the department of Media and Communication in the Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK.