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National Palace Museum wins Houston film awards

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's National Palace Museum has won five awards at the 47th WorldFest-Houston International Film and Video Festival, including two platinum awards, the museum said yesterday.

The platinum winners at the annual event are the animation “Adventures in the NPM: The Formosa Odyssey,” which was nominated in the film and video production category and “Qianlong C.H.A.O. New Media Art Exhibition,” nominated in the new media category.

“Adventures in the NPM: The Formosa Odyssey” tells the story of three cultural treasures — the Child Pillow, the Pi-Hsieh Beast and the Jade Duck — returning to Qing Dynasty Taiwan and visiting scenic spots such as the outlying Penghu Islands, Anping Old Fort in Tainan, Alishan in Chiayi and Sun Moon Lake in Nantou.

The animation showcases Taiwan's beautiful scenery and unique customs and fauna, according to the museum.

“Qianlong C.H.A.O. New Media Art Exhibition,” meanwhile, merges the Qianlong Emperor's collection of artifacts with modern-day street culture, cosplay, disc jockeying, anime and manga, electronic music, avant-garde fashion and video games to create an interactive exhibition.

The museum also won two gold awards for its documentary film “Rebuilding the Tongan Ships” and an animation of the famed “One Hundred Horses” painting, as well as a silver award for the animation “Imitating Zhao Bosu's Latter Ode on the Red Cliff.”

More than 4,500 entries were submitted for a WorldFest award this year. The festival, held April 4-13, is the third-oldest independent film festival in the United States.

The National Palace Museum houses over 600,000 pieces and has one of the largest collections of ancient Chinese artifacts and artworks in the world.

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