Language proved no barrier to a City University film student, whose Cantonese-language documentary has netted a top gong at a Beijing film festival. Lo Chak-wing was awarded the Grand Adjudicator Award for a short digital film at the 14th Beijing Student Film Awards for Me, Mother, Grandmother, Father and DV, an intensely personal documentary. 'Going through our photo albums, I realised my mother hadn't taken a single photo with my grandmother since her wedding,' he said. 'Interviewing them both I realised the rift was mostly based on misunderstandings, and wanted to use my videos to bring them together.' Mr Lo, who is in his second year of a two-year master of fine arts in the university's School of Creative Arts, said it had been difficult producing a documentary about a subject that was so close to home. 'At the time I was filming, I never thought I would show it to an audience. The reason I entered it in Beijing was because I'd feel uneasy about showing it in Hong Kong.' Heiward Mak Hei-yan, a graduate from the media school, won the gold award at the 12th Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards earlier this year for Lovers' Lover which features the mobile-phone-centred affair between two cheating lovers.