Lion Dance, created by Iron Fan Studio of Winsing Animation, stood out and won the best animation at the 2020 Great Lakes International Film Festival.

Lion Dance is a teenage-targeted short film telling a story about adventure, growth, fantasy, and action. It introduces that a forgotten and washed-out dancing star lion is sparing no effort to return to the public eye. The stranded lion unintentionally attends a lion dance performance at the Chinese New Year Temple Fair in Chinatown and achieves huge success, which reminds the lion of its glory days. Then, it joins the lion dance team in excitement and learns from the Panda Master — dreaming of a career rejuvenation, but only to realize that lion dancing is unheeded and disliked except during traditional holidays. Lion dancing is an abandoned culture. Chinatown will be pulled down to make room for an international city lay-out, forcing the lion dance team to disband. The lion returns to the lion mountain in loneliness, but with its passion for the lion dance. In order to save this culture, it comes up with a crazy idea of combing the lion dance and normal choreography and returns to the city.

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As the first outcome of Winsing’s Director Support Program, Lion Dance accomplishes its director Zhong Yu’s desire to use his expertise to tell and develop a story with great Cantonese features in his animation career. Lion Dance is exactly what he wants to show to the audience in his own way. With more and more international affirmations, this short film brings more confidence to the studio and encourages the talents to be more motivated to explore different types of stories and try more brand new things in the content area.

Until now, this short film has received a lot of international positive recognition:

1. BEST RISING STAR FOR ANIMATION at 2020 Jersey Shore Film Festival (JSFF)

2. BEST FILM (ANIMATION) WINNER at 7th Darbhangar International Film Festival

3. BEST FILM (ANIMATION) WINNER at 2020 Great Lakes International Film Festival

4. Gets Nomination for 2019 San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival

5. Gets Nomination for 2020 Vegas Cinefest International Film Festival

6. Gets Nomination for the 17th Central Michigan International Film Festival

7. Gets Nomination for the 13th Jersey Shore Film Festival (JSFF)

8. Gets Nomination for Puglia International Film Festival

9. Gets Nomination for Orlando International Film Festival

10. Gets Nomination for Bolton International Film Festival

11. Gets Nomination for the 5°Canal de Panama International Film Festival

12. Gets Nomination for 10th Pune Short Film Festival

Yu Zhong, the director of Lion Dance, says: “Traditional Chinese culture is the fundamental creativity of our civilization. Winsing will always endeavor to tell the Chinese stories to the world and carry forward the traditional culture. It is believed that Winsing will deliver good traditional culture to more audiences globally with more new and advanced technologies, ideas, and themes in the future.”