It is a great honor for me to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's International Film & Television Showcase, it only saddens me that my husband, Tony Blanco, cannot be with me to share this moment, as he would be as honored and proud as I am.
I congratulate you on the beautiful initiative to support and celebrate the dedication, passion and integrity of women in film everywhere, and I thank TheWIFTS Board for considering me worthy of this precious award. I am very sorry to be unable to receive it in person. Thank you!
THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION SHOWCASE
JULY 2nd 2016
Passion & Integrity Commerce & Creativity Equality Not Hierarchy
Yang Ming Ming - China
The Jury Award - Crosscurrent - Editor
Yang Ming Ming
Yang Ming Ming is the recipient of TheWIFTS Jury Award. Crosscurrent a beautifully shot film, directed by Yang Chao, who said of Yang Ming Ming: "The film would not come into being without her." Artfully edited with discernment, the film is a mesmerising journey in the search of love and meditation on China's Yangtze River – once the life blood and heart of China.
Yang Ming Ming was born in Beijing, China, and graduated from The National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts. The filmmaker shot several short films in college as the director, screenwriter and actor. After graduation, she directed, photographed and acted in the short film Female Directors. Shot from a subversive perspective, she seamlessly combines realistic acting with fiction, representing the young directors' coolest creativity. Extracts from an interview with Yang on Female Directors.
In forty minutes, the film centers and follows Ah Ming played by Yang Ming Ming and Yue Yue played by Guo (郭 月), two friends living in Beijing. The two graduates, unable to find work, decide to film each in turn. The film chronicles the emotional passage of their daily lives until the two friends realize they are dating the same boy.
Every camera shot becomes intrusive and immersive, bordering on malaise. Where is fiction, where is the reality? Yang Ming Ming clouds the issue and provides a smart, lively film with a feminist tone.
Yang Ming Ming says: "At age 16 I already had a DV camera, I immediately understood that this toy was much more interesting than beautiful boys. After graduating, I had a lot of opportunities to work with film, and made several short films. Most of the girls in my class did not choose to make films, they turned to other areas. But I wanted to continue to make films. In making Female Directors, my goal was to show simply complex feelings. I wanted to tell the story of two girls and a camera, which I found very interesting. I thought of several different ways to shoot the film, but after a few tries, the core of the film was to increase the realism of my story. There is no set mechanism to making independent films in China. As an independent filmmaker, I worked with a production company. Once filming ended, I paid all my expenses. This film is a bit special because the actress who plays the role of Yue Yue is a good friend. We did not have time constraints, we were very free. For independent filmmakers there is no standard, each has to find his/her own way to get a project produced. I still find that I have been lucky."
Female Directors became one of the top ten independent films in
China that year, and was shown at domestic and international youth film festivals.
In 2013, Yang Ming Ming directed MV Barley Song (band version) for charity, to memorialize the renowned Zhu Ling case. On November 24, Zhu Ling's 40th birthday, MV Barley Song was put onto the Internet, and spread fast and drew public attention. People memorialized Zhu Ling and condemned the only suspect Sun Wei.
In 2015, Yang edited director Yang Chao's feature film Crosscurrent, which won outstanding artistic contribution at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Yang Ming Ming's goal is to be an excellent director, and she is currently preparing for her first feature fim.
Female Directors awards: Recommend Award from the committee of Beijing Independent Film Festival in 2012: Unit Audience Award of HAFF2012 "Light of Asia" for Youth Short Films 3 Excellent Short Film of the 7th Chinese Young Generation Film Forum: Film Exhibition of Shenzhen Fringe Festival in 2012: Hong Kong Film Festival in 2013: Sino-Japanese Independent Film Exchange Week: Annual Top Ten Independent Films in China 2012: International Women's Film Festival in Brussels (Elles Tournent) 2014: Cinema on the Edge, New York 2015: Seoul International Women's Film Festival 2016.