Derek Sang’s youth drama “Better Days” was awarded a Golden Mulberry at the Festist of the Far East in Udin, Northern Italy. The festival was originally online and the prizes selected by the audience both saw the pictures and voted electronically.
About 25,000 votes were cast for the spectator award by 3,000 recognized pass holders from 45 countries. And “Advanced Days” also collected Black Mulberry Awards, with participants voting for shogun or hard-core festivals.
Other awards went to: Malaysian director Laila Zia’s first film “Victim (s)”, which was the world premiere of the festival; Liao Ming-ye’s Taiwanese pop fairy tale “I Weardo”, which collected the Crystal Mulberry and Mimovij Purple Mulberry Awards; And Lee Sun-jun’s South Korean action-comedy “Exit,” which was nominated for Best First Film and garnered a White Mulberry Award.
The festival was planned as a traditional festival in late April. But the coronavirus outbreak first suspended organizers and then forced them to convert to virtual events.
They have used the commercial Mimoviz.IT platform to screen 45 local events and press conferences as a basin to film and screen a local hotel in Udain. The Mimovis platform carries video messages from 38 film directors. A campus of aspiring film journalists was run using the Zoom app.
Organizers report that 90% of FEFF’s virtual listeners have opted for the festival’s daily calendar option in the on-demand library. They said it “shows that the public appreciated the risk that the organizers took and realized by fully re-imagining the festival.”
“We dreamed and made it a true festival, even if it was online. We’ve been able to manage a lineup consisting of a few very important films, many first features and countless female directors. We have tried to maintain the atmosphere we usually find in Udine, where for more than twenty years an international community has been gathering for the nine days of the festival, ”said Sabrina Baracetti and Thomas Bartache, co-directors of the festival.
“We will consider the things we have learned from this experience as valuable, which may be more perfect to call it an ‘experiment’ and we will keep it close to our hearts when we start FFFFFFFFF21 in real life, this time,” the pair said. . The festival announced that next year’s edition will be held on April 23-May 1, 2021.