Beijing New Youth Film Festival sets stage for young directors

By Genevieve Carmel

Participating filmmakers at the 2nd Annual Beijing New Youth Film Festival (photo: Genevieve Carmel)

The 2nd annual Beijing New Youth Film Festival was held from September 9-18. Organized by the Trainspotting Culture Salon, this young festival makes space for new directors to showcase their work, connect with more experienced filmmakers, and receive feedback from peers and critics. Screenings and discussions were held at CNEX, Trainspotting, and the Wenjin International Art Center at Tsinghua University. The jury included a diverse team of authors, creators, and art critics, in addition to Fifth Generation filmmaker Lv Yue, who was the director of photography for works including Zhang Yimou’s To Live and Feng Xiaogang’s Aftershock.

The festival was divided into three program sections: An invitational section featuring new work by distinguished directors, a competition section for new directors, and an Austrian section, programmed by the Austro Sino Arts Program. The opening and closing films of the festival were Pema Tseden’s Old Dog and Zhao Liang’s Together, respectively.

This year’s New Youth Image Award was given to the early Li Xianting Film School graduate Zheng Kuo for his second documentary The Cold Winter, which follows the 2009 artist demonstrations against the demolition of art districts surrounding Beijing’s 798 art zone. The New Youth Image Award was also bestowed on painter-turned-filmmaker Tao Huaqiao for his partly dramatized documentary Luohan, about gang culture in his Jiangxi Province hometown. The animated film Piercing Me by Liu Jian and the documentary Mirror of Emptiness by Ma Li received Distinguished Technical Awards. Mirror of Emptiness, about a Buddhist monastery on the Tibetan Plateau, also won the Special Jury Award. Finally, Deng Bochao’s documentary Under the Split Light, about the disappearance and preservation of Hakka cultural traditions on Hainan Island, received the Humanitarian Award.

The following is a full list of films screened at the festival:

Annual Invitational Section

OLD DOG (2011), Pema Tseden

GAS (2010), Lin Xin

5+5 (2011), Xu Xing and Andrea Cavazzuti

SHATTERED (2011), Xu Tong

POETRY AND DISEASE (2010), Geng Jun

WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS(2011), Ji Dan

A MONK’S TEMPLE (2010), Shen Shaomin

LAST CHESTNUTS(2010), Zhao Ye

MY MOTHER’S RHAPSODY (2011), Qiu Jiongjiong

TOGETHER (2010), Zhao Liang

New Youth Competition Section

OLD DONKEY (2010), Li Ruijun

LUOHAN (2009), Tao Huaqiao

CHINESE CLOSET (2010), Fan Popo

THE COLD WINTER (2011), Zheng Kuo

UNDER THE SPLIT LIGHT (2010), Deng Bocha

APUDA (2010), He Yuan

EIGHT-INGREDIENT PORRIDGE (2010), Li Dong

THE DAYS (2010), Wei Xiaobo

MIRROR OF EMPTINESS (2010), Ma Li

LOST WALL (2010), Pan Zhiqi

MANGO (2011), Xu Zhipeng

STARVING VILLAGE (2011), Zou Xueping

SATIATED VILLAGE (2011), Zou Xueping

STRAY HOME (2011), Bai Zhiqiang

PIERCING ME (2009), Liu Jian

SELF-PORTRAIT WITH THREE WOMEN (2010), Zhang Mengqi

WANG LIANG’S IDEAL (2010), Gao Xiongjie

Austrian Section

INSIDE AMERICA (2010), Barbara Eder

OCEANUL MARE (2009), Katharina Copony

KAFKANISTAN (2007), Lukas Birk

FOLLOW ME (2010), Johannes Hammel

SOCIALISM FAILED, CAPITALISM IS BANKRUPT. WHAT COMES NEXT? (2010), Oliver Ressle

A DAY IN THE FACTORY (2010), Nico Mesterharm

EVERY SEVENTH PERSON (2006), Ina Ivanceau and Elke Groen

OUR DAILY BREAD (2005), Nikolaus Geyrhalter

CORE OF FLOCK (2009), Barbara Husa

ABENDLAND (2011), Nikolaus Geyrhalter

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