Chinese Film Fest Studies Update

An update from Chris Berry and Luke Robinson, organizers of the Chinese Film Fest Studies website:

In the past two months, news has emerged of details for the Qingdao
International Film Festival, slated to commence in 2017. Both the
Hollywood Reporter and Screen Daily reported on the organisational line-up
announced for the festival, which is the brainchild of the Dalian-based
Wanda Group. In addition, the 17th Shanghai International Film Festival
took place in June. This year, there was particular controversy
surrounding accusations that the festival “fixed” a press conference
around a sensitive local film whose star had recently been arresting for
soliciting. FilmBiz Asia has a report on this kerfuffle. Finally, Kiki Yu
Tianqi (University of Nottingham Ningbo) has just published a report on
last year’s Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival in Studies
in Documentary Film, which we link to here.


FESTIVAL REPORT: James Cummings, of the University of Newcastle, has
written us a report on the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Chinese
Independent Film Festival, which were held at Newcastle last month. These
were organised by network member Sabrina Yu and her PhD student, Lydia Wu.

CFFS FINAL WORKSHOP 24 JUNE 2014: The AHRC-sponsored Chinese Film
Festival Studies Research Network had its final workshop at King’s College
London on 24 June, 2014. At this closed event, network members discussed
and offered feedback to each other on drafts of chapters for the book that
will be the primary output of the research network. Further details to
follow.

The network’s funded period of operation finished at the end of June
2014. However, this website will continue as long as there is the energy
to maintain it and interest in its contents.