The Illinois Film Office is proud to present the winner of the 2010 Shortcuts short film contest. Congratulations to Wenhwa Ts'ao for her short film "Arithmetic Lesson," which is a 15-minute dramatic film that depicts the story of Gracie, a seven-year-old Chinese American girl, who finds courage to defy and survive the traumatic abuse of her caretaker. The film was screened on Monday, October 10, 2010 as part of the Chicago International Film Festival shorts program.
Born and raised in Taiwan, Wenhwa Ts'ao is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has received numerous grants and scholarships such as the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, the Kodak Faculty Award and Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program. Her short films have been showcased in the US, France, China, Romania, Mexico, Ecuador, Africa, Korea and the Netherlands in international film festivals. In addition to her work as an independent filmmaker, Wenhwa is a teacher and Graduate Program Director in the Film & Video Department at Columbia College Chicago.
Currently, Wenhwa is in pre-production on a dramatic feature about human trafficking titled "Snakehead." Wenhwa is also in development of a feature script inspired by the historical looting of the Silk Road Buddhist Treasure from 1885 to 1925, and a sci-fi film about a coming-of-age thirteen-year-old cyborg girl.
2010 Shortcuts winner Wenhwa Ts'ao