Animation director Chi Po-chou (紀柏舟) won the Best Director award for his film Rescue at the Asian Youth Animation and Comic Contest, which was held from Friday to Sunday in Guiyang, China.
The film was the only award-winning animation work from Taiwan among the 20,000 entries from nations around the world.
Rescue has been nominated or won awards at 18 international film festivals, including Japan’s Sapporo Short Film Festival and the Children’s Film Festival Seattle.
Chi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from National Taiwan Normal University and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Applied Art from National Chiao Tung University.
He also received an MFA degree in animation from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and has worked as a story artist in Hollywood.
Chi’s first 3D animation film, The Drawer of Memory, produced in 2006, won a gold award at the Seventh Asia-Pacific Digital Art and Animation Competition.
His second animated film, The Lighthouse, made at UCLA in 2010, has won 28 international awards, including the 38th Student Academy Award.
Chi is currently working on his first feature-length animation, which depicts a child’s adventure in a fairy-tale world and is scheduled to be completed in 2018.
Different from the theme of parental love featured in The Lighthouse, Rescue is about three scientists working in a laboratory saving the life of a mysterious creature, which is in fact the Earth.
Chi said that he tries to demonstrate the importance of environmental conservation in a light-hearted, humorous way.
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