Teesside University’s School of Arts and Creative Industries congratulations GU Leyang, BA (Hons) Film and Television Production student, on winning the ‘Best Children’s Short Film Award’ at the 16th Cyprus International Film Festival.

Gu Leyang came from CUCN((Communication University of China, Nanjing) and was awarded Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship. He is one of the directors of the short film “Spring Flowers Bloom”. It was awarded best children short film award in Cyprus International Film Festival. It has been strongly shortlisted and stood out from more than 1000 works. The film focuses on the need to pay attention to and listen to children. It also won many other awards, such as the ‘Best Public Service Short film’ at the 3rd Hong Kong International Youth Film Festival and the ‘Best Plot Short Film Award’ at the 5th Prague International Film Festival.

The Cyprus International Film Festival (CYIFF) is one of the TOP 100 Best Reviewed Festivals among 5.500 film festivals worldwide according to FilmFreeway and holder of the EFFE label, Europe’s quality stamp for remarkable arts festivals attributed for their work in the field of the arts, community involvement and international openness. It takes place annually with live screenings and parallel events on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Cyprus but also with various partnerships at Athens, Cannes, New York and Los Angeles. It is under the umbrella of Cultural International Festivals -a non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting and supporting independent films and filmmakers that embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision.



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