Step into the River - Urbanworld


Best Animated Short – STEP INTO THE RIVER

Directed by Weijia Ma


Lu and Wei are two young girls living in a village nestled on the banks of a river, which looks like a cradle of tragic stories for both.


Director Bio

Weijia Ma is an independent animation artist, also a college teacher. Her documentary short film “MY QUARANTINE BEAR” has won the Special Mention at Vision du Réel: Her animation short “STEP INTO THE RIVER” has won the Best Animation Short at Palm Springs International Shortfest, Tricky Realities award at Tricky Women film festival, Silver Hugo award at Chicago International Film Festival, and Silver Dove audience award at DOK Leipzig.


Year: 2020
Runtime: 15:00
Country: China, France
Note: Press Contact: Liyan Fan, Les Valseurs,; Sales Agent: Liyan Fan, Les Valseurs,

Director: MA Weijia
Screenwriter: MA Weijia
Producer: Damien Megherbi, Justin Pechberty
Cast: Yifei Chen; Lu: Mingen Zhang; Wei: Guifen Zhang; Grand Mère: Ganfeng Zhu; Père de Lu: Ningfu Wei; Xiaoang: Zhuocheng Zhao-Daming, Zhenhui Chen; Bao: Nina Picard; Ling: Steen Gao
Editor: Jérôme Bréau
Joseph Roth, Jihua Zhu, Mengshi Fang, Marion Chopin, Mathilde Poigniez, Thilbault Dumoulin, Kun Yu, Ziteng Qi, Juanjuan Chen, Samuel Boulitreau, Elsa Parent, Louise Petit
Composer: Pablo Pico
Sound Design: Didier Falk, Jeremie Vernerey, Bertrand Boudaud
Music: Wei Wu, Pablo Pico, Rémi Barbot (Mix)
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