On Hollowhood, “the best independent film magazine in the UK”, director, screenwriter and editor, Yifan Du, was invited by LAAFA (Los Angeles Asian Film Awards) as a part of the jury.
Los Angeles Asian Film Awards
In November of 2022, Hollywood hosted the ceremony for the third Los Angeles Asian Film Awards. The Chinese director, screenwriter, and editor Yifan Du was invited to participate as a judge in the inaugural Power of Film Institute awards ceremony. Ms. Yifan has a long list of accomplishments to her name, some of which include sweeping an award ceremony, winning more than 20 awards.
Roger Christiansen, the director of the popular American television series “Friends” and “Hannah Montana,” was one of the other judges on the panel; He presided over the LAAFA jury as chairman. Christelle Almeida, a well-known American actress best known for her roles in the award-winning television series “Gossip Girl,” “The Big Bang Theory,” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” was one of the senior jury members. Elias Acosta, the internationally renowned photography director of films like “Refuge From The Storm” and “Sanky Panky,” was also on the jury.
LAAFA is the first Asian film festival held in the United States. Every November, it gives Asian filmmakers, directors, producers, and artists the chance to show their films in Hollywood.
With a lineup of films never seen before, the Los Angeles Asian Film Awards reached new heights of success this year. The platform was adorned by the efforts of numerous dedicated directors, including China’s Zhao Yuan and the well-known Japanese director Yukiho Tsutsumi. The jury was impressed by one of the documentaries, “Ice World.” The documentary was made over the course of four years and is directed by Binying Qi, a Chinese-American filmmaker.
Yifan Du, was praised for her groundbreaking storytelling and portrayal techniques and unrivaled directing abilities. The independent director established a name for herself in the entertainment industry at a young age by actively contributing to the transformation of any plot into a gripping, engaging, and compelling film. She is an excellent manager of affairs on any set she steps to because she has extensive sector and operational experience. She added a new feather to her cap by accepting an invitation to LAAFA.
Her 2017 short film “Blue” made Yifan famous. The film was awarded the Best Indie Short Film, Best Short Film, and other prizes at the Five Continents International Film Festival, the Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, the South Film Festival, and the Arts Academy Festival. It was also successfully shortlisted for the Golden Statuette International Film Festival. The film was recognized for its outstanding work and execution.
Her film A.I won awards for best science fiction film at The Falcon International Film Festival, best narrative short film at the Latitude Film Awards, and best editing at the International Independent Film Awards in 2020. Additionally, the film received positive reviews at other international film festivals in addition to the Cannes Film Festival.
“It was truly an experience like no other, I had a chance to work with some of the most renowned names of the American film industry and we exchanged diverse thoughts on many things which vary here in America from the Asian continent,” said Yifan Du. “I had a chance to look at some of the best ever high quality films which were submitted for nomination. I leave LAAFA with so much experience and as a new person ready to explore new horizons in my direction and editing.”
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