Shangri La

Shangri La is based on a true story of a Chinese white-collar living in Beijing. After reading the fantasy novel "Lost horizon", he begins an extraordinary journey with a backpack in order to find his "Shangri-La". After getting advises from a philosophy professor from "Normal Beijing University", his quest to find his "Shangri-La status" turned so intense that he crosses 6 provinces and 12 cities passing through Shangri-La and the Tibetan region. On his way he meets many travelers such as a Tibetan Thangka master, a Wudang Kong Fu master and an hundred years old Daoist priest. Once he understands their advises, he keeps following his own feelings and finally realizes that he was guided to a mysterious place.
🇨🇳Chinese/Italian🇮🇹
Production

  • Carlo Christian Spano
    Director
  • Jackson Zhao
    Producer
  • Nida Zang
    Producer
  • Carlo Christian Spano
    Producer
  • Carlo Christian Spano
    Editing
  • Carlo Christian Spano
    Camera
  • Giovanni Perez
    Audio Mix
  • Carlo Christian Spano
    Drone Operator
  • Carlo Christian Spano
    Cinematography
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    40 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    China
  • Country of Filming:
    China
  • Language:
    Chinese
  • Shooting Format:
    HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • LIFFT INDIA FILMOTSAV 2017

    Official Selection
  • EFF BRICS 2017

    Finalist
  • PIMFF Mountain Film Festival 2017

    Official Selection
  • The 4th Asia Rainbow TV Awards

    Official Selection
  • Los Angeles Cinefest 2017

    Semi Finalist
  • Omihcka INTERNATIONAL FILM Festival

    Best Narrative Feature
  • Travel Film in Russian

    Official Selection
  • LAIFF Los Angeles Indipendent Film Festival Award 2017

    Semi Finalist
  • CAADF 2017 China

    Finalist
  • Miami Indipendent Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • Roma Cinema DOC

    "Official Selection" December Edition
  • TOP Indie Film Awards

    WINNER Best Documentary Short
  • Largo Films Awards

    Official Selection
  • International Festival Of Winter Cinema

    Official Selection
  • Mountain Film Festival

    United States
    Winner Environmental - Mountain Documentary
  • Impact Docs Awards

    United States
    AWARD of MERIT SPECIAL MENTION
  • TWIFF The World's Independent Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • Balkan Can Kino

    Greece
    Official Selection
  • Grecanica International Film Festival

    Italy
    Official Selection
  • 2018 Great Lakes International Film Festival

    United States
    Official Selection
  • Oregon International Film Awards

    United States
    Platinum Award for Best Short Doc Foreign
  • Guangzhou International Film Festival

    China
    Semi-Finalist
  • HIIDA Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards

    United States
    Winner AWARD OF EXCELLENCE-Best Cultural Short
  • WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival

    United States
    SILVER REMI AWARD
  • London International Motion Pictures Awards-LIMPA

    United Kingdom
    Official Selection
  • VIVA Film Festival

    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Official Selection
  • Vancouver Chinese Film Festival

    Canada
    Maple Leaf Award 2019
  • 573 Festival, USA

    Best Story
  • BFF Birmingham Film Festival, UK

    Nomination “Best Documentary” & “Best International Film”
  • AIFF Australia Indipendent Film Festival 2019, Australia

    FINALIST
  • The Lift-Off Sessions 2019. 🇺🇸USA

    Official Selection
  • Tulum World Environmental Film Festival 2019, 🇲🇽Mexico

    Official Selection
  • Woodengate Film Festival 2019, 🇺🇸USA

    Official Selection
  • Jelly Fest Season 4, 🇺🇸USA

    Semi-Finalist
  • Druk International Film Festival 2019, 🇧🇹Buthan

    BEST TRAVEL FILM, BEST EDITING, CRITIC’S CHOICE AWARD
  • Asian Cinematography AWARDS (ACA)

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY OF A DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM, BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
  • Ontario International Film Festival, Canada

    Official Selection
  • AFF-Asian Film Festival 2020, Los Angeles Hollywood, 🇺🇸USA.

    Official Selection
  • Karnavati International Film Festival 2021, 🇮🇳India

    Official Selection
  • LIFF - Lahore International Film Festival 2023, Pakistan🇵🇰.

    Official Selection
Director Biography - Carlo Christian Spano

Carlo Christian Spano was born in Rome in 1973. Graduated in Law, he decided to follow his lifetime passion, photography. In combination with the three-year diploma in Photography and Video Editing at IED - European Institute of Design of Rome, in 2001 he begun his experience in film and digital holding, covering all the roles pertaining to the camera department. As a cameraman, crane operator, steadicam operator (SOA 2007 Steadicam Certificate of Completion), director of photography and photographer, he worked with italian channels, international channels, indipendent productions and institutions. An avid outdoorsman, Carlo specializes in filming numerous documentaries on nature and society, videoclips, musicals, commercials, concerts, theatrical performances, performing arts, sport, architecture, industrial video, military operations and photographic reportages.

He is a Photographer and Filmmaker that is strongly influenced by nature and instinct, with a tendency to convey a simplicity that is inherent in his work as a means of self-expression of his continuous search for inner knowledge.

In co-production with the Chinese Globaltrekkingclub.com based in Beijing, he is producing a "Wild Planet Series" of documentaries on the top extreme trekking routes in the world.

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