Applications have been received from all over the world, including Albania, Africa, Armenia, Australia, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Federated States of Micronesia, France, Georgia, Germany, Guatemala, India, Iran, Israel, Kenya, Kosovo, Lesotho, Mexico, Netherlands, Palestine, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia South Africa, Sudan, Sweden, Turkey, USA and United Kingdom.
The Doc Grant Jury has unanimously chosen the winner among 70 applicants from all around the world - the project “Kung Futball” by a famous Chinese director Fan Jian.
Fan Jian in his application “Kung Futball” unites all components of DCIFF. Here you feel the symbiosis of globalization and preservation of the national cultural heritage, the connection of the past with the present, the dialogue of the religions and traditions, the relevancy, visuality and the access to something unknown. “Though this project unites two totally different types of sport it also reflects the serious conflicts, both global and personal. “Kung Futball” is an optimistic film with the excursion from the past into present day world, the search for the bridge between East and West, it is a good attempt to establish the dialogue between religions and search for the self-identification of the heroes” says Sasha Klein.
Fan Jian is also a rather well-known and experienced director. He used to work for China Central Television and has made more than twenty documentary shorts. In 2006, his documentary film on Chinese migrant workers, “Dancing in The City”, was selected by the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam and was screened at numerous film festivals in and out of China. In 2008, his film “Taxi” was among the Top Ten Documentaries at the China Independent Film Festival (CIFF) and was admitted by the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival and OXDOX. “Running in The City”, his new project was selected for Berlinale Talent Campus 2012.
The winner film will be screened at the 2nd edition of DCIFF in Brussels and will be also submitted to other festivals worldwide.