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2013 Beijing International Screenwriting Competition
American screenwriters taken on the challenge of capturing the real China in an international competition. Selander is one of the participants of the just-finished 2013 Beijing International Screenwriting Competition. The 29-year-old is among seven winners in the short-film category who will be financed to make their scripts into movies in Beijing. More...
The panjiayuan Diary
Juliet Manning is a rather complicated girl.
The fact that her parents were going to divorce was a heavy blow to Juliet,
while the news that she would have to move to Beijing,
overwhelmed her to the point of losing hope.
After coming to China, Juliet began her adventures in Chaoyang District on her own.
One day, she went to an antique market called "Panjiayuan".
She bought a dusty Chinese diary from an old merchant. With the help of this diary,
she reevaluated herself and finally found a thing that had always been lacking in her life, i.e. her own voice.
by Tim Plaehn
The monkey king
In 1900, China was during the period of the Boxer Rebellion.
A Chinese student named Lee returned to Beijing.
One of his friends was killed by Marquis Charles, a flagitious French commander of the Aggression against China.
Lee secretly joined "Boxers", a mysterious organization aiming at fighting against the aggression and disguised himself with the identity of "money king".
Finally, in the battle against imperialist powers, Lee defeated Marquis Charles.
Now, "Boxers" began to make preparations for the next battle against foreign invaders.
Nevertheless, "Boxers" had a new leader. the classic character in Beijing opera. He was just "monkey king".
by Galen Tong
Million Dollar Wedding Club
Li Ming, a single man of the new generation of China,
After returning to China from USA, the first problem for him was marriage.
His parents arranged a few blind dates for him.
However, Li Ming’s grandfather announced his divorce on his 90th birthday party,
and said that he would end his 68-year marriage from then on.
This news shocked three generations of his family and triggered discussions on the birthday party.
Later, through communicating with his grandfather and grandmother,
Li Ming began to know the life he really want.
by Joshua Banta
Legend of Gong Shun Hui, by Gary Shockley
TUSK, by Johnny Ma More...
You and Me
An American tourist travels to Beijing,
following in the footsteps of her deceased daughter,
who visited during the 2008 BEIJING OLYMPICS.
She's on a quest, searching for a local man,
who might be the last connection to her daughter.
J S Mayank from Loyola Marymount
Baoyu, a girl from a regional city,
she wants to become a professional flautist.
She goes to Beijing,
but finds that even a life spent in a practice room,
will not ensure her success.
Ultimately, it is in the city itself where she must look for answers.
Cameron White from Princeton
Plight of the Honey Bee
With the ever-dynamic Wudaokou as backdrop,
It is a story about the underdogs in the tough game of love,
who, like the ill-fated drone bees,
must fight for their chance at happiness at any cost.
---Anita Gou from NYU/Tisch
You, Me, Beijing?
NICHOLAS' is sent to live with his father, and study in Beijing.
He speaks no Chinese and so finds his new life bewildering.
He's consistently approached by LIAN.
They establish sincere friendship by games also troubles.
Nicholas starts to come to terms
with living in China as he and Lian continue to explore.
---Crosby Selander from Carnegie Mellon
| Patchwork Dreams
Xiang is a young seamstress
working in a fashion shop in Beijing.
When she is passed over for the honor
of sewing a special project for the Beijing Kite Festival,
Xiang strives to create a work of art worthy of Beijing's beauty
---Lee Quarrie from Arizona State
A grieving old widow begs to be left to die,
but his bothersome son believes his father still has a lot more living to do.
---Pamela K. Johnson from AFI
Nice writing. Very Short. Good flavor of BJ. While needs a plot turn.
Xinxin and Xiao Lu take the 701 bus to high school every day.
When they meet Zheng Jian on their morning commute, the morning bus ride takes on a meaning they never imagined.
---Maya Rudolph from Columbia
Good writing, clear characters. Good dynamic between girls.
Editor: Bi Nan