The University of Hawaii at Manoa Academy for Creative Media’s SMART Exchange is a unique program of U.S. – China student films, filmmakers, film festivals and film co-productions – shot on location in Hawaii and Shanghai, China. The program was developed as part of the long-time partnership between the Hawaii International Film Festival and Shanghai International Film Festival, and is supported by both festivals.
In June 2010, students from the UH Academy for Creative Media (ACM) attended the Shanghai International Film Festival and collaborated with students from Shanghai University’s School of Film and TV Arts & Technology. The result were three short films, which played at HIFF last October as “A Summer, A Boy and A Cab”. This collection also won the Best Student Film award at the EuroCinema Hawai’i Gala. In addition, students from Shanghai attend the Hawaii International Film Festival in October, show some of their short films at the festival, and collaborate with ACM students on more film projects. If you missed seeing these shorts at HIFF, you can now watch them below, courtesy of ACM.
We also wanted to highlight a short documentary about the ACM students trip to China, directed by George Chun Han Wang. This shows “behind the scenes” footage from the production of “A Summer, A Boy and A Cab”.