Grand Jury Prize
Schedule of Events
Saturday, May 16
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Dinner with judges, guests, film students/club members
6:30- 7:00 pm
Guests Arrival, Red Capet outside Walker Auditorium
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Film Screening in Walker Auditorium (10 minute intermission included)
8:30 - 9:00 pm
Jazz Music, Voting and Refreshments in the Faculty Lounge
9:00 - 9:30 pm
Awards Ceremony and Closing Performance
9:30 - 10:00 pm
Meet and Greet
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The red carpet is a chance for everyone, filmmakers, guests, students, judges alike, to formally present themselves at the film festival.
Roughly 8 to 10 films will be screened in Walker Auditorium for a panel of judges and the audience.
The audience has the chance to vote for their favorite film after the screenings. The votes are counted to present the Audience Award. Voting will take place in the Faculty Lounge, where there will be live jazz music, and food and refreshments.
The awards will be presented at the end of the evening, and the festival will be closed with a performance.
Madeleine Carter is a Hotchkiss alumna; her favorite spot in the school was Robert Haiko’s photo lab. She went on to study documentary film at Harvard. She was a long-time Executive Producer for the National Geographic Channel and more recently for an Educational Technology multimedia gaming platform. Over her career, she has worked in almost every genre - live, news, science, crime, environment, history, and wildlife - producing daily television, weekly series, two-hour specials, and two-minute shorts. Madeleine is now beginning work on an independent feature documentary about an idealistic new congressman on the front lines of saving democracy.
Christine Choy was trained as an architect, receiving her Master of Science degree from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University. Soon thereafter, her life took a different direction-direction. Christine crossed the country to Los Angeles, studying at the American Film Institute where she earned a Directing Certificate. Christine has produced and directed about seventy works in various forms, receiving over sixty international awards. Among them are numerous fellowships such as the John Simon Guggenheim, the Rockefeller, and the Asian Cultural Council, as well as an Academy Award Nomination for the documentary film, "Who Killed Vincent Chen?". Christine has an equally impressive history as an educator, teaching not only at NYU at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, this year once again as Chair of the former, but also at Yale, Cornell, and SUNY Buffalo. She was also a visiting scholar at Evergreen State College, as well as the Oslo and Volda Film Institute in Norway.
Sophia Harvey holds a PhD from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Her research interests include Singapore cultural studies, representations of trauma and memory in Cambodian, Indonesian, and Thai cinema, and the impact of new media on Southeast Asia’s moving image culture. She teaches film history, contemporary Southeast Asian Cinemas, and seminars (such as, The Cinema of Satyajit Ray; and Cyborg Cinema). Ms. Harvey has published in the Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, and the Journal of Chinese Cinemas.
Yi Liu is an English-Chinese bilingual actress currently residing in NYC who has worked across China and the United States. Among the roles she portrayed were hard-working immigrants, under-represented Asian females, and characters in conflicts with culture shock. She is known for the short film “Joy Joy Nails”, in which she depicts the hardship of fighting for a life as a nail worker. It was world premiered at the Tribeca film festival in 2017 and also screened at the Seattle film festival, Palm spring film festival, and NBC Universal short film festival. Short film “Bargain”, world premiered at the Santa Barbara film festival, and feature film “In a New York Minute (2017)”, both starred Yi Liu revealing the struggles of life in a new society. The short film “Study Abroad 2: The Day Dreaming Bunny”, starring Yi Liu, gained over 40 medias attention among Asian especially Chinese community in NYC and China. Her other feature film credits include Tiny World (2016) and Confetti (2017). In addition, Yi Liu starred in a very unique contemporary art film, “Li-Yan 2016”, directed by world-renowned French artist Philippe Parreno that was exhibited at the Gladstone Gallery in New York, Australian Center for the Moving Image.