Posts Tagged ‘cnex’

CNEX announces Call for Entries!

Friday, July 1st, 2011

By Ariella Tai

CNEX, producers of the award-winning 1428, has announced their latest call for entries. This year’s theme is entitled “Educate? Educate!” They ask “Before the unpredictable 2012 arrives, CNEX wants to assemble the best and brightest works about education. Since education is not only the answer to but also the root of all questions.”

Selected topics will receive grant funding from CNEX, and those with international appeal may be chosen to participate in CNEX’s CCDF Pitching Forum in Taipei in October 2011.

Those eligible to compete must either be independent directors or producers who have produced two 30 minute documentaries or one 60 minute documentaries, or they can be writers, photographers or social workers/activists who have projects that address the topic of education in China and are working in collaboration with a director or producer. The deadline for submissions is July 20, 2011. Final Selected projects may receive up to 15,000 RNB.

Online Entry Form available at the CNEX site.

More information after the break.

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Sundance Institute Holds Film Forward Program in China

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

By Isabella Tianzi Cai

Advisors Cara Mertes and Lixin Fan listen to a filmmaker in a small group at CNEX/DFP workshops. (Photo: Meredith Lavitt)

From April 13 to 16, 2011, Sundance Institute held its Film Forward Program in China to showcase ten excellent independent films as part of its international outreach project to promote intercultural exchange. Film Forward was initiated by the Sundance Institute and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and organized in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The program coincided with the Sundance Institute – CNEX Documentary Film Workshop, in which eleven Chinese documentary project teams had the privilege to interact directly with the foreign talents and industry experts brought on by the collaboration.

CNEX is currently one of the world’s most active players in terms of bringing attention and assistance to Chinese documentary filmmaking. It is a non-governmental organization based in Beijing with staff members working in Taiwan and North America. Founded in 2006, it has grown consistently over the years and continued to help produce and promote Chinese documentary cinema internationally.

The responses to both the Film Forward Program and the workshop were incredibly enthused. Audiences and participants eagerly sought answers to their own questions about the films screened as well as about general filmmaking practices.

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Profile on Current State of Chinese documentaries

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Karamay (dir. Xu Xin)

Taiwan News has a highly informative article by Yali Chen comparing documentary production and distribution in Taiwan and China. The article reports on a couple of documentary exhibition and promotion events that take place in Taipei in the fall: the Golden Horse Awards (where the Taiwanese doc Hip Hop Storm took the best documentary prize) and the CNEX Chinese Doc Forum (CCDF) where NT $300,000 are awarded to Chinese documentary projects in development (this year’s winner is Shen Ko-shang for Double Happiness Limited: The Crazy Chinese Wedding Industry).

CNEX CEO Ben Tsiang explained the mission of the CCDF in helping Chinese documentary filmmakers develop their skills in accessing the funding resources and audiences of the global marketplace. “It’s hard for Chinese-language documentaries to penetrate the global market due to the language barrier and Chinese filmmakers’ unfamiliarity with the rules of an international pitching session.”

Chinese documentary filmmaker and distributor Tammy Cheung makes a direct comparison between Taiwanese and Chinese documentaries in terms of their shooting style, subject matter and regard for a mainstream audience:

“In terms of subjects, shooting styles and editing skills, Taiwan’s films seem similar because most filmmakers like touching, personal stories with a pinch of softness,” Hong Kong-based director Tammy Cheung said, “Taiwanese filmmakers care more about what their audiences like.”

“Chinese documentaries look very different because they have a touch of aggressiveness and center around serious social issues such as legal reforms, the gap between the city and countryside, plus human rights of Tibetans and migrant workers.”

Zhu Rikun, Curator of the Beijing Independent Documentary Festival, adds, “Chinese independent nonfiction filmmakers care more about political and social issues.” Exemplary mainland documentaries mentioned include Xu Xin’s Karamay, Du Haibin’s 1428 (available through dGenerate Films), and Petition by Zhao Liang (whose Crime and Punishment is distributed by dGenerate).

Read the full article.

CNEX announces Documentary Call for Entries

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Our friends at CNEX, producers of the prize-winning 1428, have announced an open call for film and TV documentary projects dealing with Chinese topics around the world. Selected participants will attend the CNEX Chinese Doc Forum, held on October 31st and November 1st in Taipei, Taiwan, with the opportunity to receive funding and attract additional support.

Details and application information after the break.

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