The Taiwanese short film PING PONG COACH, as the only Mandarin one selected by 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, was honored with the Student Visionary Awards at 2016 Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday, April 21.
This film tells the story of a fifteen-year-old girl, who falls for her ping pong coach as the father of her best friend and ping pong partner. The jury panel contributes its success to, “For its naturalistic tone and compelling performances, this film impacted us in a real way.” This film also receives $5,000 sponsored by HBO.
The director Liu Yi and screenwriter Yang Chieh, both the current second-year film students in Columbia University, dedicated the Tribeca award to their film crew including their co-producer Chang Yu-Yen and Huang Zen, assistant director Yang Ya-Chi, cinematographer Wen Shi-Pei, production design Lin Yu-Ting, and costume design Chung Tun.
PING PONG COACH is selected from 74 nominated shorts by the jury panels and given awards by Sharon Badal, Tribeca's Vice President of Shorts Programming on Thursday evening in New York.