Short videos are becoming increasingly popular on social media, connecting people around the world. In China, short videos tell real stories about not only the country's development and lives of its people, but also foreigners who live and travel in the country.
With concerted efforts and full cooperation by the sponsor, organizer and co-organizers, after more than eight months of intense and orderly operation, the competition has collected over 300,000 submissions from more than 50 countries and regions, covering more than 10 languages including English, Russian, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, French, Mongolian, Malay, Kazakh and Turkish. The organizing committee selected 466 works that fully meet the requirements of the competition and before presenting them to the judging panel composed of the organizer, co-organizer and industry insiders. On the basis of the preliminary selection, 50 entries were included and 25 of them were selected as the best videos among all. All the entries are promoted on both domestic and international platforms, garnering 20.4 impressions.
Chen Shi, a senior editor who has received an MBA from Renmin University of China, serves as Deputy Editor-in-Chief of China International Publishing Group (CIPG), Director of CIPG Digital Media Center and President of China Report Press.
Professor He Suliu, Vice President of Television School and Doctoral Supervisor of the Communication University of China (CUC), serves as Director of the China Documentary Research Center. He is the leading initiator of five domestic brand projects in documentary: Blue Book of Documentary-Annual Report on the Development of Chinese Documentary, the Documentary Evaluation System (DES), China's Academy Awards for Documentary Film (CAADF), the China Documentary Forum and the Quarterly Release of Documentary Industry Figures.
Professor Chen Changfeng is Deputy Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication and Doctoral Supervisor of Tsinghua University. She also serves as President of the Chinese Association for History of Journalism and Communication, Vice-Chairperson of the Department of Teacher Education of Journalism and Communication of the Ministry of Education, member of the Subject Evaluation Group of Journalism and Communication of State Council Academic Degrees Committee and Standing Director of All-China Journalists Association.
Wayne Wanta is a professor at the Department of Journalism at the University of Florida and an internationally renowned scholar for his research in political communication and media effects. He used to serve as the president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and is currently a member of the National Journalism Accrediting Council. While previously with AEJMC, Wanta won the prestigious Krieghbaum Under-40 award.
Dorothy Liu is A+E NETWORKS ASIA Representative of China and Supervising Director of co-production.
Li Zhi is Professor and Doctoral Advisor of the Television School at Communication University of China (CUC). As a member of the Professional Documentary Council of Chinese Collegial Association for Visual Arts, he is also the advisor and council member of many other media and communication organizations. Among the key organizations are: China TV Artists Association; China National Radio Expert Panel; the Inspection Committee of China Journalism Awards; and the International Cooperation Committee of the National Communication Association in the United States.
Wang Tian is Head of the People's Daily English language app. Launched in October 2017, People's Daily English language app is an important platform for People's Daily to communicate with the rest of the world.
During her years at People's Daily, Ms. Wang served as a committee member of the International News Department, a reporter based in Washington D.C., and commentary section chief of the International News Department.
Zhang Xiaoqun is Assistant Professor at the Department of Media Arts of the University of North Texas. His research interests include Media Economics and Management, audience research, digital media adoption and usage, and measurement of media coverage. He won the paper award with his research jointly from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and the Broadcast Education Association (BEA).
Patrick Shaou-Whea Dodge
Patrick Shaou-Whea Dodge is Assistant Professor of the University of Colorado, Denver (UCD) and a member of the National Communication Association's Task Force on Fostering International Collaborations in the Age of Globalization. His areas of expertise are culture & communication, intercultural & cross-cultural communication, and US-China communication. He's now working at the International College in Beijing jointly operated by UCD and China Agricultural University.
Wang Xinling, associate senior editor, is Assistant Director of CIPG Digital Media Center and Director of Video Department of the Center. She led the associate producers in making the multimedia project "A Miracle: Changes of China Seen by Global Scholars", which won the Award of Multimedia Innovation of the 28th China Journalism Awards, the highest honor in China's journalism industry.
On the afternoon of June 17, the award ceremony of the first “Foreigners on China” International Short Video Competition was held in Beijing. Apart from Gao Anming, vice president of China International Publishing Group (CIPG), Chen Shi, deputy editor-in-chief of CIPG and director of CIPG Digital Media Center (DMC), Chen Changfeng, vice president of the School of Journalism and Communication at Tsinghua University, and Wayne Wanta, journalism professor from Florida University, some 200 representatives from video teams and various organizations from home and abroad attended the event. Twenty-five entries were played and “Predestined” was singled out as the Grand Prize winner.
▲ Gao Anming, vice president of CIPG, addressed the award ceremony, saying that CIPG would work with different parties to present enticing videos to tell Chinese stories and showcase the country in a real and comprehensive way to the audience across the world.
▲ Li Zhi, one of the judges and a professor from the School of Television of the Communication University of China, illustrated three features of the contest: “First, diversified source of the video clips. Second, a wide variety of creators, including blogger, media practitioners and college students from home and abroad. And finally, high quality of the entries, not only in filming techniques but also in artistic creation.”
Chen Changfeng, one of the judges, remarked that the pursuit for harmony and beauty is shared by people around the world, and that these video entries seek to explore more about that from unique and interesting angles.
▲ The ceremony also marked the launch of the second “Foreigners on China” International Short Video Competition, which will feature a new category themed on “poverty alleviation” in addition to the existing five categories.
▲ Gao Anming, vice president of CIPG, presents award to the producers of “Predestined.”
▲ Chen Changfeng, vice president of the School of Journalism and Communication at Tsinghua University, poses with some of the award winners.
▲ Deputy Party Committee Secretary of Confucius Institute Headquarters Yu Tianqi poses with some of the award winners.
▲ Wayne Wanta, journalism professor from Florida University, poses with some of the award winners.
▲ Xu Hejian, deputy director of the Publicity Department of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee and director of the Information Office of the Beijing Municipal People’s Government, poses with some of the award winners.
▲ Chen Shi, deputy editor-in-chief of CIPG and director of CIPG DMC, poses with some of the award winners.
▲ Scene from the award ceremony of the First “Foreigners on China” International Video Competition
Established in 1949, CIPG, the event organizer, is China’s oldest and largest organization specializing in international communication. With 21 subsidiaries and 26 overseas branches in 14 countries and regions including the US, UK, Russia, Mexico, Japan and Thailand, its business scope covers internet and social media, book and magazine publication, translation, think tanks and cross-cultural exchanges. CIPG DMC is a new media company committed to mobile, social and visual content production, with more than 200 videos produced in multiple languages annually.
“Foreigners on China,” a social media video brand from CIPG, has presented more than 300 short videos produced in eight languages oriented to different regions and countries. The “Foreigners on China” International Short Video Competition aims to encourage video creators from around the world to tell stories about China’s development from their unique angles.
Swedish girl Miriam came to China in 2015. In China, she met her husband, Yonghong. Years after, nowadays, she enjoys a simple and happy life with her husband and son in China.
What Does China Look Like to Russian Children?
As Russia's third largest city, New Siberia is located in North Asia and has maintained cultural exchanges with China. Nowadays, learning Chinese has become a local craze. In this video, a Russian host visits a local school and wants to find how Russian pupils think of China.
How Is the Influence of Chinese New Year in the US?
Even in New York City, the traditional Chinese Spring Festival, is always celebrated by a large number of local people. Guo Jierui is going to walk us through the New York Spring Festival celebration to explore why Americans are keen on the festival.
German Maulstasche’s Reborn with Secrets from Chinese Dumpling
Which countries have a special affection for dumplings besides China? Tobi, a German video-maker, is going to tell us the similarities and differences between Chinese and German dumplings. He also tried to create a hybrid of these two dumplings. Both Germans and Chinese were invited to this very interesting experience.
The Whole World is Learning Chinese... So Which Country Has the funniest Chinese Accent?
After Blair came to China, he met many friends from all over the world, who were working hard in learning Chinese. In this short video, he shared with audience some interesting facts that how people from different countries speak Chinese.
A Traditional (Foreigners) Spring Festival
As a British, Fulinfang is deeply influenced by Chinses culture. On Chinese New Year Day, he made dumplings, wrote couplets and decorated windows with Chinese traditional paper cutting, which are three must-dos for the traditional Chinese festival from his perspectives.
Long Time No See，Long to See
Elizabeth came to China in 2004 as a teacher. Instead of paying a short visit for one year as she planned, Elizabeth stayed in China for more than 10 years. Elizabeth fell in love with Hainan as soon as she arrived. Over the years, she has been committed to cultural communication and cross-cultural exchanges in Hainan, and offered constant care and help to local Miao ethnic villagers.
Hansen Nico, a former Luxembourg policeman, came to Zhadong Village in China's Guangxi after retirement. He is now growing passion fruit with Zhadong villagers who are mostly left-behind elderly and children. Nico works with the village chief to help the villages solve their problems.
This is Nanjing
Erika Felton, an Australian, used to live in Nanjing as a child. After she grew up and returned to her country, she constantly feels nostalgic for Nanjing. From the bottom of her heart, Erika regards Nanjing as her home. So, she decided to write a love letter to Nanjing.
The Memory Painter
Capucine Néouze, a French artist came to Beijing in 2012. She was attracted by those torn-down door boards in hutongs. She took them home and started to draw pictures on them. She painted running girls, boys with bang, children holding big bowls and many other scenes that are full of childishness and Chinses family characteristics. Painting on old door boards is Capucine's way of showing understanding about China.
During her two years of living in Guangzhou, Батбаяр Оюунбилэг, an overseas student from Mongolia, has cultivated deeper understanding about China. As both China and Mongolia celebrate the traditional New Year, she brought some Guangzhou specialties when returning for the festival in order to share the taste of China with her family.
Chris in Grandma's Yard
Chris from Britain has been to 28 provinces across China. This is the first time for him to come to rural China. In a yard in Beijing's suburb, he farmed, harvested and cooked with three Chinese countrywomen. Though they speak different languages and have different culture backgrounds, their love for life is communicable.
Infinite Delicacy in China
For many foreigners, what's appealing in China is not only the beautiful scenery, but also the distinctive Chinese food. This video records the story of a foreign lady searching for and tasting delicious Chinese food in cities like Beijing and Shanghai.
Travelling with STU
Tucked in the mountains in the southeastern Guizhou, Zhaoxing Dongzhai is a village mainly inhabited by the Dong minority people. It has a history of more than 800 years, but still maintains its original features. In the video, STU from the UK visited the village and found a lot of surprises.
Be a Village Leader for a Day
Marcelo Boffi, from Argentina, was invited to China as a village leader. He tried his best to play his role and offered advice to villagers on operation, development and safety issues, etc.
Enjoy your meal
Gao Yousi, from Israel, experienced being a member of the Chinese takeout deliver team. In his day of working, he did a lot of things including delivering, riding, timing, thinking and chatting with his colleagues and clients. He also got a mysterious client.
Love is Love
Former NBA star Marbury came to Beijing in 2012. Previously, he only knew that this was a very large city. Later, he found that Beijing is different from other major cities in the world, and he became a part of the city.
I Am from Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Jamal Afzal from Pakistan is studying in China. When he first arrived in China, because of the language, he had a lot of troubles. His families have always been supporting him, particularly his father, who often urged him to study Chinese seriously so that he could have more opportunities after returning home.
I am going to China
Holding selfie sticks, two foreign singers rode yellow bicycles and rapped about China and the 19th CPC National Congress in their eyes with a very attractive rhythm. In their performance, they not only presented delicious Chinese food to eat, and places to have fun and sightseeing, but also interpret the Chinese Dream.
Trixie's Beijing Memory
Trix Ingado is a journalist from Nairobi, Kenya. In her view, Beijing is a very modern city with many traditional elements. In her spare time, she likes to visit the capital’s traditional hutongs to Beijing to feel the traces of history and Sanlitun area to experience the fashionable atmosphere.
My Story in China
25-year-old Adam was born in a small town of Ballymena in Northern Ireland. When he grew up, he wanted to see a bigger world and decided to come to China. During his stay in Shenzhen, Adam was amazed at this modern Chinese metropolis, and he soon fell in love with it.
A letter to Mali
This is a letter home written by Moise, a student in China from Mali. In the letter, he describes his inadaptability, confusion and fear when he first arrived in China, as well as his gradual integration into China as he felt more and more warmth and love.
The Story of Haha and Beyza in China
Beyza from Turkey and Haha from Kazakhstan met in Beijing. They began to get in touch with Chinese culture from the most basic pinyin, and gradually became inseparable from this country. Mobile payment, Taobao, and Tik Tok made them surprised at the development of China, as if putting them into the future world.
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