Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore reports for IPS: The Sixth Beijing Independent Film Festival (BIFF) has had to switch venues twice following pressure by the police, obliging the organisers to inform festival-goers of the last-minute location changes.
BIFF, now in its sixth year, is showing over 50 cutting-edge feature films, documentaries, experimental works and animations in Songzhuang, a village on the outskirts of Beijing which is known as a hub for its avant-garde artistic comm
This article by dGenerate’s founder and president Karin Chien was originally published by IndieWire on the blog of independent film producer Ted Hope. This is a revised version of the article with some clarifications in language. Additionally, Karin and dGenerate’s VP of Programming Kevin Lee hand-picked six films as a starter kit for anyone interested in discovering the world of Chinese indie films. Full article and list of films can be found after the break. ———- Karin Chie
By Dan Edwards IFChina Studio founder and filmmaker Jian Yi, outside the studio on the campus of Jinggangshan University Reprinted by permission from RealTime Arts Magazine. Ji’an doesn’t look like the most auspicious place for a groundbreaking experiment in China’s budding civil society. The town doesn’t appear in any English language guidebooks, the local station platform is just a low-slung slab of concrete and, in early spring when i visited, a bone chilling mist hung ove
By Isabella Tianzi Cai Directors Zhao Liang and Fan Lixin in Zhao Liang's Beijing studio (photo: Grace Wang) An article of great interest was recently posted in the Chicago Sun Times-based blog, Etheriel Musings: A Journey in China, by Canadian-based blogger Grace Wang, who is a “Far Flung Correspondent” for Roger Ebert. In her lengthy article “Chinese Documentaries: An Inside Look,” Wang emphasizes the importance of Chinese documentaries in the world at large today: “they r
The Festival announced its awards for the following films (with citations by the jury in quotes): Independent Spirit Award
Spiral Staircase of Harbin (dir. Ji Dan) A Harbin apartment complex is home to two broken households and fragile relationships between parents and teenage children in this pensive study of cross-generational conflict. “Through her unadorned, everyday visual angle, the director shows us ordinary real life in China. In its conciseness and depth, the film t