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Sandcastle in competition at Vancouver festival

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Three filmmakers – South Korea’s Bong Joon Ho, China’s Jia Zhang Ke and Canada’s Denis Côté – will form the jury of the Dragon & Tigers competition at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival (30 Sept – 15 Oct).

Local film Sandcastle, as directed by Boo Junfeng, has been nominated for the competition.

The Dragon & Tigers award is for first-time filmmakers, and the eight competing films are among 43 features and 21 short films which will screen as part of a section dedicated to East Asian cinema. The screening films range from blockbuster Aftershock to Cannes-winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can See His Past Lives.

The eight nominees running in competition are:

Bi! Don’t Be Afraid ; Dir. Phan Dang Di [Vietnam]
End of Animal ; Dir. Jo Sung hee [South Korea]
Good Morning to the World!! ; Dir. Hirohara Satoru [Japan]
Icarus Under the Sun ; Dirs. Abe Saori & Takahashi Nazuki [Japan]
Insects in the Backyard; Dir. Tanwarin Sukkhapisit [Thailand]
Kimu; The Strange Dance ; Dir. Park Dong-hyun [South Korea]
Rumination ; Dir. Xu Ruotao [China]
Sandcastle ; Dir. Boo Junfeng [Singapore]

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