Peter Chan's Dearest named best film by college students

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Updated: 2015-05-11 10:07:11

Director Peter Chan arrives at the award ceremony of 22nd Beijing College Student Film Festival in Beijing on May 9. [Photo/Xinhua]

Peter Chan's Dearest outperformed Jean Jacques Annaud's Wolf Totem, Zhang Yimou's Coming Home and Lou Ye's Blind Message in taking home the award for Best Film at the just completed 22nd Beijing College Student Film Festival.

"The success of Dearest actually came after it resonated with the college students. In today's day and age, we must find a way to be in line with youth," Chan said as he accepted the award on May 9 in Beijing.

The award for Best Director went to Annaud for his film Wolf Totem.

"College students are the today and tomorrow for China's film. I'm very honored that you have selected and enjoyed my film. This is a big award for me," said Annaud.

Chinese actress Tao Hong arrives at the award ceremony of 22nd Beijing College Student Film Festival in Beijing on May 9. [Photo/Xinhua] 

Award for Best Actress was given out to two prominent actresses – Tao Hong for Forgetting to know you and actress-turned-director Zhao Wei for the heartbreaking Dearest.

This is the second honor for Tao after winning the same title in 1999 with her role in Beautiful New World. "Back then, I just graduated from college. Now, I am here again with all of you. This means a lot to me," said Tao as she received the award.

Best Actor winner Qin Hao was recognized for his role in Blind Massage, which was also in competition for the Golden Bear at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival and won a Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Achievement.

Chinese actor Wu Jing speaks as he receives the award for Best Directorial Debut at the award ceremony of 22nd Beijing College Student Film Festival in Beijing on May 9. [Photo/Xinhua]

Wolf Warriors, a directorial debut of action star Wu Jing, was not only a dark horse at the box office and but also fetched him a award for Best Directorial Debut and good reviews.

In his emotional acceptance speech, which lasted more than five minutes, Wu recalled his hardships during the process of filming.

"There are no boundaries for me when I film. If I succeed, I'm a hero. If I fail, I'm a martyr. It's been a hard road, but I'm very lucky in that I had friends and family to help me along the way. College students gave me the recognition, and I thank you all for that," said Wu.

Chinese actress Zhang Huiwen arrives at the award ceremony of 22nd Beijing College Student Film Festival in Beijing on May 9. [Photo/SIPA]

Rising actor Lu Han and actress Wang Likun won awards for Most Popular Actor and Actress. Actress Zhang Huiwen, who starred as the aspiring ballet dancer in Zhang Yimou's Coming Home, won the award for Best Newcomer.

Recognized screenwriter and director Zhang Yibai received the Best Director award. The organizing committee award was handed out to Tsui Hark's The Taking of Tiger Mountain and the grand jury prize went to Twelve Citizens, which won Cinema d'Oggi a the Rome International Film Festival in 2014.

Organized by the College of Art and Media of Beijing Normal University and co-organized by China's many authoritative institutions for media including State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, the festival has carried through the motto recognizing excellence in films with a festival that's "run by college students, watched by college students, filmed by college students and judged by college students."

This year, a record-breaking number of 310 films were submitted in the competition and a final 34 were nominated for awards.

Chinese actor Lu Han arrives at the award ceremony of 22nd Beijing College Student Film Festival in Beijing on May 9. [Photo/SIPA]

Chinese model Zhang Zilin arrives at the award ceremony of 22nd Beijing College Student Film Festival in Beijing on May 9. [Photo/SIPA]

Chinese screenwriter Zhang Yibai(right) and actress Che Xiao arrive at the award ceremony of 22nd Beijing College Student Film Festival in Beijing on May 9. [Photo/SIPA]

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