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Updated at 9:14 a.m., Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Six UH film students invited to Shanghai festival

Advertiser Staff

Six student filmmakers from the Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa have been invited to screen their films at the Shanghai International Film Festival in June.

The six will be granted full delegate status, a UH news release stated, allowing them to mix with filmmakers, distributors and press from around the world.

"This is the second year of our Student Media Arts (SMART) Exchange with Shanghai, a key international relationship for the Academy and the University," said Tom Brislin, ACM chair. "It demonstrates not only our global reach, but also the appeal of our talented students' films that tell original Hawai'i-based stories that bridge cultural boundaries."

The six student filmmakers and their films are Jay Hubert ("Dao"), Ty Sanga ("Follow the Leader"), Henry Mochida ("Chopsticks"), Brian Makanoa ("Eve"), Tod Barnett ("Fun in the Park") and Russell Blanchard ("A Birthday with Grandpa").

The films by Hubert, Sanga and Mochida have been screened in multiple Mainland festivals, including the prestigious VC Asian American FilmFest in Los Angeles. Hubert's "Dao" took the top college film prize at the Houston International WorldFest. The three films, along with Makanoa's "Eve" were shown at the 2006 Hawai'i International Film Festival.