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Chun Chun Chang’s Aura focuses on a man who encounters a mysterious figure during a deadly storm

Chun Chun Chang’s animated short Aura tells the story of a man who comes across a goddess during a deadly storm. This animated short has already screened at many film festivals including the Oscar-qualifying Encounters Film Festival, LA Shorts Fest and went on to win the 2020 Award of Excellence at the South Shorts Awards. Aura will be screening at the 2021 Manchester Film Festival this weekend.

The story starts from the perspective of a mortal. What he sees are the fierceness and the gentleness of nature. When the affection of the goddess is intertwined with the storm, What he experiences is a dream or reality?

Director Chun Chun Chang films Aura and Between the Shadows was selected to screen at the Oscar-qualifying Encounters Film Festival, LA Shorts Fest, RiverRun International Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Athens International Film and Video Festival, and many more. Chang’s motion graphic animation On the Run received Top Talent from 2019 Adobe Design Achievement Awards and Boboo Celebration has screened regularly on the headquarter LED wall of Tokyo Broadcasting System.

Sound Designer Daniel Blanck is also a producer and scoring engineer at the John Williams and Steven Spielberg Scoring Stages. He has worked and continues to work with Grammy and Emmy winning artists, producers, songwriters, including Beyonce. He has contributed to music and sound for over one hundred films (Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, LA Film Fest), television (Netflix, HBO, Hulu, PBS) and video games (Star Trek Holodeck, Tencent Games).

Composer Sturdivant Adams is a recipient of a 2020 ASCAP Morton Gould Award, a two-time nominee of the Hollywood Music in Media Awards (2020 for Auraand 2019 for Between the Shadows), the winner of the 2020 inaugural ScoreLive London Composer of the Year Award (1st place), and the winner of the 2018 Royal Northern Sinfonia Composers Competition (1st place). Also an active composer of concert music, his chamber orchestra piece Ascendance was commissioned and premiered by London’s Orchestra for the Earth in June 2019, and his chamber piece Five Blackbirds in the Pentagonal Garden was premiered by brightwork newmusic at the 2019 Los Angeles Hear Now Festival. Sturdivant has been mentored by composers such as Bruce Broughton (Silverado), Christopher Young (Spider-Man 3), and Claude-Michel Schönberg (Les Misérables).

Aura will be screening at the 2021 Manchester Film Festival from 11th March – 14th March. It will also be screening at the 2021 Crystal Palace International Film Festival and the 2021 Sonoma International Film Festival from March 24th – March 28th.

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