SAN DIEGO, Oct. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Two 16-year-old Chinese filmmakers won the prestigious "Best Director" award at this year's San Diego International Kids Film Festival for their anti-war film Dog Tag. Diana Zhang and Eason Wang, along with the famous Chinese director, Zheng Wei directed the film which was produced by Taiher Film Production (USA), Independent Film International Foundation for Students, and Milestone International. It was nominated for both the "Best Film" and the "Best Director" awards, with the duo becoming the first ever Chinese recipients of "Best Director" at the Festival.
Furthermore, the San Diego International Kids Film Festival awarded the 12-year-old lead actress Jasmine Zhao the Outstanding Performance Award.
The festival, held on August 26th of this year, had more than 120 films entered from 16 countries. Founded in 2003, the San Diego International Kids Film Festival is the only international kids film festival operated under the Oscar Film Festival. The San Diego International Kids Film Festival is known as the cradle of the Oscar Academy Awards, where many Oscar-winning directors have won awards for their maiden work. After 15 years of continuing success, it has grown to this year's unprecedented number of participants.
Dog Tag is the first film produced under the "World Youth Filmmaker Support Program". The production started in San Francisco on August 2017 with the primary set shot on the retired US Navy aircraft carrier, Bumblebee. The cast included many war heroes from World War II and the Vietnam War. This film is adapted from the original novel of Diana Zhang, a 16-year-old Chinese American high school student. It tells the story of a little girl who grew up experiencing her father's death during the war. At each birthday, she saw a gathering of veterans on a retired warship, from which she learned the trauma of the war, both spiritually and physically. This triggered a profound reflection on the brutal killings during wars. Dog Tag sends a strong statement to the world: "Please give peace a chance!".
Dog Tag is the first film supported by Taiher Film Production (USA), Independent Film International Foundation for Students and Milestone International. It is also sponsored by the "World Youth Filmmakers Support Program" and the "Seed Project".
About Taiher Film Productions (USA): Taiher Film Productions (USA) Co., Ltd. is a media company which invests in film production, new media development, and other entertainment verticals. Adhering to the mission of only creating the highest quality product, Taiher has set out with a goal of gathering and working with the top-tier film and television producers, creators, and talents. This has allowed Taiher to quickly develop into a cross-media, diversified entertainment company. Additionally, Taiher is actively involved in supporting and funding new, young filmmaking talent through the Independent Film International Foundation for Students, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping talented and driven students become independent filmmakers, complete their work and realize their dreams.
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