We have previously published the shortlisted animated short films for the upcoming Academy Awards. One of the 15 chosen animations of the next Oscars, was awarded with a Special Mention in the Rex Category (animated shorts) at Amarcort Film Festival 2021… We are talking about Step Into The River (Dans La Rivière) by Ma Weijia!

As Amarcort‘s web magazine, we want to highlight this wonderful news, congratulating with Ma Weijia and all Step Into The River’s team, production and distribution! We wish you all the best of luck.


Lu and Wei are two young girls living in a village nestled on the banks of a river. As the one-child policy has led some families to drown baby girls, they both have a special relationship with this river, which looks like a cradle of tragic stories.

Dans La Rivière‘s synopsis

Following, you will find the translation of the Technical Jury’s motivation for awarding Step Into The River a Special Mention. Jurors from the 2021 Rex Jury were Federico Fiecconi, Massimo Montigiani and Sabrina Zanetti.

A great little masterpiece of cinematographic poetry, on a dramatic social issue, which is expressed by the young Chinese author with strong oneiric tension. Also thanks to the wonderful score, the short film creates a spectacle of poignant magic.

2021 Amarcort’s Rex Jury on Step Into The River by Ma Weijia