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AFI to Offer China Screenwriting Scholarships

Initiative is backed by Hugo Shong and IDG Greater China

Nine U.S. screenwriters will have the chance to spend a
year in China thanks to the American Film Institute (AFI) and a new
scholarship program at the AFI Conservatory. The fellows will write
a feature-length screenplay and receive a full scholarship for
their second year at the AFI Conservatory, where they may develop
the work. The scholarships are backed by well-known Chinese
businessman and chairman of investment group IDG Greater China,
Hugo Shong. “Although China has a remarkable and distinguished
history stretching back more than 5,000 years, too many Americans
only know Chinese culture through animated films like ‘Kung Fu
Panda’ and ‘Mulan,’ said Shong. “I want to get to the point where
Americans are familiar enough with Chinese culture that they can
write original screenplays on Chinese subjects. “Americans deserve
to see other types of movies about China, ones that hopefully can
entertain them, educate them and at the same time touch their
hearts.” Earlier this year, Paige Devitt, Derek Ustruck and
Lindsay Golder were selected from the AFI screenwriting discipline
to be the first recipients of the AFI China Story
Fellowships.  After the summer’s immersive experience in
China, they returned this fall to begin their second year at the
AFI Conservatory.   The AFI China Story Fellowship was
announced at the AFI FEST presented by Audi, just prior to the gala
screening of “The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty.”

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