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The short film, shot in Portsmouth by three exchange students at the University, will be screened online

31 March 2021

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A short film by a team of three Chinese exchange students from the internationally recognised Beijing Film Academy have been shortlisted for the 2021 Making Waves Short Film Competition. Their film “The Moon Lamp” is a 10 minute poignant story of a young boy who must face up to the truth when he steals money from his dad. The film has been praised by Making Waves as “truly a great effort from all.” 

The film was made last year, as part of the students' 2nd year Fiction Filmmaking course at the University, just before Lockdown, and was shot on location around Southsea.  

Alsie Hua who directed the film said “I got the idea of the film from an experience from my childhood."

Cast and crew of 'The Moon Lamp'

Portsmouth’s Making Waves International Film Festival have announced this year’s annual Making Waves Short Film Awards will be a virtual event with screenings starting Friday 16 April and the winners announced on Saturday 17 April. Now in its 9th year the annual competition has attracted entries from across the world. Shortlisted films for the Best Local Film (Solent Region), Best National Film, Best International Film and The Young Film Maker Award will be screened.

The selection has been made by a panel of filmmaking judges that includes University of Portsmouth alumni Ali Rasoul who is now working with top brands Pretty Little Things, Adidas, Nike, Kirsten-Ria content creator and presenter on Whatculture, University of Portsmouth’s Senior Teaching Fellow Neil Hunt specialising in short film and Rebecca Bellinger Lecturer of Film Production

Roy Hanney, Making Waves Festival Director said, “During a difficult year for filmmakers, we have been delighted by the quality and range of films submitted to the Making Waves Short Film Competition.”

The Moon Lamp will be screened alongside other shortlist local and national films on Saturday 17 April at 7pm. This event will be followed with the Making Waves Short Film Awards at 8pm. 

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