Local life through the lens of foreigners

(China Daily)| Updated : 2020-12-25

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Award winners pose for a photo at the site of 2020 "My China Story" International Short-video Competition award ceremony. [Photo by Guo Shasha/for chinadaily.com.cn]

A total of 32 short videos won awards at the finals of the second Foreigners on China contest during a ceremony held on Dec 17 in the city of Yantai, East China's Shandong province.

The multilingual, global short video competition highlighting foreigners' perspectives on China saw the submission of more than 400,000 entries from over 100 countries and regions.

Sponsored by the China International Publishing Group, the competition had seven categories and accepted submissions between July 2019 and August 2020 on such themes as "fighting COVID-19 with global cooperation", "poverty alleviation", "my favorite Chinese city" and "discovering China from outside its borders".

A selection of 2,673 videos made it to the final stage, following four rounds of assessment by 18 domestic and overseas professionals from different fields, including film and television production as well as communication.

A total of 50 videos, filmed by 42 institutions and individuals from 21 countries and regions, were shortlisted in the final leg of the competition.

Gao Anming, deputy director and editor-in-chief of the publishing group, hailed the video creators for helping convey stories about China to overseas audiences.

The participants discovered elements that can represent characteristics of Chinese culture and helped promote cultural and people-to-people exchanges, Gao said.

Through the publishing group, the award-winning videos will be covered by seven media outlets in 10 languages.

Winners will have the opportunity to forge a collaborative relationship with the organizer for the production of future projects.