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Recipe for filmmaking success discovered by student


The 2016 edition of the Shanghai International Short Film Contest brought a night of film and fun to Shanghai on 5 Nov. 2016 and 12 Nov. 2016 in Beijing. The Shanghai event saw over 200 attendees at THE PLACE Shanghai and nearly 100 at its Beijing event at MODERNISTA. We would like to thank everyone who came and our sponsors for their support.


Contest Director Richard Trombly and Gleb Torubarov (r) with his winning entry Recipe won the $1,000 Best Film Prize


Andrej Iliev (l.) took the Final Draft Best Script Award with Voiceman and Lutz Papenfuß with Best Cinematographer.

The night in Shanghai started playing to a packed house on the rooftop of Bridge 8. There was excitement building as we watched a special selection of professional short films that were carefully chosen.


This included the content through our cooperation with the Zimbabwe International Film Festival. Pictured above is the film Seiko. We even had one film that was intended to be part of the 48 hr film contest that happened during the production time for Shanghai contest but had suffered problems recovering the camera data. We firmly believe that completed films deserve an audience.


The tension built as audience members watched the contest films. There were twenty teams that signed on to make a short for this project. The final rollcall of completed contest films was 9 films making for an exciting lineup of really quality films. The judging was hard for our expert panel but the results were as follows:

Best Student film – Recipe, Gleb Torubarov                                                                                        Best Documentary – Miss Sing Something, Kelly Kirk
Best Animation Circus and Zord, Pierre DeCelles
Best Experimental/MV The Barman and the Songstress, Jud Wilmont
Best Screenplay The Voiceman, Andrej Iliev
Best Cinematography The Voiceman, Lutz Papenfuß (Andrej Iliev, director )
Best Production Design The Barman and the Songstress, Jud Wilmont
Best Practical/ Special Effects The Cool No Heaven for a Gangsta, D’Asia (Troy Sandford, director)
Best Sound/ Music Jerry, Ray Kenderdine
Best VFX/CGI The Cool No Heaven for a Gansta, Troy Sandford
Best Actor Last Supper, Franz Rügamer
Best Actress Last Supper, Franz Rügamer
Best Costuming The Barman and the Songstress, Jud Wilmont
Best Choreography The Cool No Heaven for a Gangsta, Troy Sandford
“Meiwenti“ Indie Spirit Award Jerry, Ray Kenderdine
Audience Choice Recipe, Gleb Torubarov
Best Film Recipe, Gleb Torubarov


Members of the Troy’s Team group and their hard-core zombie film, No Heaven For A Gangsta, at the Beijing Screening.  The Beijing screening featured a selection of amazing local Beijing talents instead of the international content as well as the contest entries.