Actor turned director, Xia Hao was named as the winner of the New Chinese Film Talents Fund Forum event in Cannes on Tuesday.
With his directorial project “No. 23,” Xia wins a $165,000 (RMB1 million) prize that can be put towards production of the film.
A ‘special mention’ was given to Song Yufeng and his project “Wild Horns.
Funding of the prize came from the Cannes Market, Champs Lis and Project A, Jackie Chan’s Young Filmmaker Development Fund.
“No. 23” is the story of a color blind art student who falls in love with a demonstrative female student, who turns to prostitution.
Xia already has an impressive track record with work on films including Wang Quan’an’s “The White Deer Plain” and Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster.” His short “Confession” was named best micro-film at the first edition of the Silk Road Film Festival.