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Palace museum wins US film gongs

Staff writer, with CNA

The National Palace Museum has won five awards at the 47th WorldFest-Houston International Film and Video Festival, including two platinum awards, the museum said yesterday.

More than 4,500 entries were submitted to the festival this year, which is held from April 4 to 13 and is the third-oldest independent film festival in the US.

Recipients of platinum awards at the event were the animation Adventures in the NPM: The Formosa Odyssey, which was nominated in the film and video production category, and the Qianlong C.H.A.O. New Media Art Exhibition, nominated in the new media category.

Adventures in the NPM: The Formosa Odyssey tells the story of three cultural treasures — the Child Pillow, the Pi-Hsieh Beast and the Jade Duck — returning to Qing Dynasty Taiwan and visiting scenic spots such as the outlying Penghu Islands, Anping Fort (安平古堡) in Greater Tainan, Alishan (阿里山) in Chiayi County and Sun Moon Lake (日月潭) in Nantou County.

The animation showcases the beauty of Taiwan’s scenery and unique customs and fauna, the museum said.

Meanwhile Qianlong C.H.A.O. New Media Art Exhibition merges the Qianlong emperor’s collection of artifacts with modern-day street culture, cosplay, disc jockeying, anime, manga, electronic music, avant-garde fashion and video games to create an interactive exhibition.

The museum also won two gold awards for its documentary film Rebuilding the Tongan Ships and an animation of the famed One Hundred Horses painting, as well as a silver award for the animation Imitating Zhao Bosu’s Latter Ode on the Red Cliff.

The National Palace Museum houses more than 600,000 pieces and has one of the largest collections of ancient Chinese artifacts and artworks in the world.

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