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The Universe Multicultural Film Festival seeks to bring to the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from the world; Committed to enlightening the public with a unique international film program, a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities. The Festival focuses on showcasing diverse cultural and heritages films, supports the creation and advancement of innovative and artistic cinematic works of both emerging and seasoned filmmakers, and proudly embraces the passion, independent spirit, and vision of these talented artists. With the integration of the local community and educational institutions into all aspects of the Festival, the Festival stimulates an interest in the study and appreciation of film and encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to participate and share the harmonious universe.

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2017 Universe Multicultural Film Festival beautiful as rainbow

From March 31 to April 2, after three full days of film screening, industries panels, galas, living shows, the Universe Multicultural Film Festival (UMFF) complete its 2017 edition in  a star dusting extra long red carpet.  Hundreds of Hollywood stars and the film delegations from 13 countries create a beautiful image as rainbow in the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

This edition, the UMFF showed 100+ films and screenplays, 3 galas, 4 industries panels, living show of screenplay showcases and cultural fashion contest.  There are more than 10 film projects reach cooperation agreement, and many more distributions deals are in discussion. It is a successful event.

At the award ceremony, hosted by Tracy Reiner, UMFF honored 3 Hollywood celebrity,  Aki Aleong (Lifetime Achievement Award ); Mel Novak (Living Legend Award); Laurene Landon ( Trailblazer Award). The grand Jury Prize winner, Best Feature is “Blossoming Into a Family” (Japan); Culture Heritage Film Award is “ Kurdistan-Kurdistan) ( Turkey).  The completed award winner list is here

Award    Winner
Grand Jury Prize - Best Feature    Blossoming Into A Family (Japan)
Grand Jury Prize - Best Short    Reuben (USA)
Living Legend Award    Mel Novak
Lifetime Achievement Award    Aki Aleong
Tailbalzer Award    Laurene Landon
Achievement in Producing    Shumei Wang
Culture Heritage Film Award    Kurdistan-Kurdistan (Turkey)
Best Animated Film    True Love Under Sheets of Rain (USA)
Best Student Feature Film   The Legend in My Heart (USA)
Best Student Short Film   The Best and the Loneliest Days (USA)
Best Documentary - Feature    Hmong Memory at the Crossroads (USA)
Best Documentary - Short   The story of Clothes (India)
Best Children's Feature Film   Big Lotus Little Lotus (China)
Best Children's Short Film   The Little Horse Whisperer (China)
Rising Star Award   Rushi Qiu, Xincheng Liao, Mingxuan Li, Lixuan Han
Best Drama Feature Film    Thank for Destiny (China)
Best Drama Short Film    The Dancer Girl (USA)
Best Romance Film    BlinDate (USA)
Best Musical Film   The Lottery (USA)
Best Music Video   Peaceful Life (France)
Best Cinematography   #OneSkyAbove (USA)
Best New Director    Zha Luo
Screenplay Contest - Best Feature Screenplay   Taking Down The Met (USA)
"Screenplay Contest - 
Best Screenplay in A Foreign Language"
   The Cupids (China)
Best Culture Fashion Artist    Mary Liu; Li Wang;Siqing Burrow; Mingxuan LI; Lixuan Han; Shumei Wang; Tong Li

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