FTV alumnus Qiu Yang wins short film Palme d’Or at Cannes

Victorian College of the Arts Film and Television graduate Qiu Yang has won the prestigious Palme d’Or – Short Film award and a Jury Special Mention at the Cannes Film Festival 2017 for his short film A Gentle Night/ Xiao Cheng Er Yue (2017). The 15-minute film is set in a provincial Chinese town, following a woman’s desperate search for her missing daughter.

Yang is a 2014 Master of Film and Television graduate, whose VCA graduation film Under the Sun has already received numerous awards, and screened at Cannes in 2015.

Trailer for Under the Sun (2014) by Qiu Yang.

Head of VCA Film and Television Nicolette Freeman said she was “thrilled” to hear of Qui’s success at Cannes, but not surprised. “It’s so good to see Cannes recognise Qui Yang’s talent. It’s an extraordinary achievement for him to be screened, let alone awarded, at Cannes in such quick succession.”

“Qiu is a very talented new director with a strong and unique artistic voice,” said Ms Freeman. “That was clear to us during his two years in our Masters program in 2013 and 2014. I can’t wait to see this new work.”

Yang was joined at Cannes this year by another VCA Film and Television graduate, Ariel Kleiman, who, with co-director Jane Campion, presented Top of the Lake: China Girl.

Trailer for A Gentle Night/ Xiao Cheng Er Yue (2017) by Qiu Yang.

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Banner image: Screen capture from A Gentle Night/ Xiao Cheng Er Yue by Qiu Yang.