By Shelly Kraicer Shu Haolun's "No. 89 Shimen Road" won the top prize at CIFF, but wasn't shown on Awards Night. The Nanjing-based China Independent Film Festival (28 October-1 November 2011), unlike the Beijing Independent Film Festival described previously, benefited from a substantial degree of official and semi-official “cover”. Unlike BIFF, there is a certain amount of practical compromise with official bodies and officially approved cinema: purity isn’t such an issue.
Perfect Life (2009, dir. Emily Tang) In the online film journal Electric Sheep, John Berra reports on the China Independent Film Festival held last October in Nanjing. He describes the festival, now in its seventh year, as a semi-secret state of affairs: As not every film in the line-up has received the stamp of approval from the Film Bureau of the State Administration for Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), this celebration of Chinese cinema occurs under the political radar,
Opening Ceremony of the 7th China Independent Film Festival in Nanjing (photo courtesy of CIFF) By Sara Beretta The 7th China Independent Film Festival (CIFF), which ran from October 21-25, was a five-day affair packed with screenings and forums. Among the changes in this year’s event were a new curatorial team (Dong Bingfeng, Du Qingchun, Wei Xidi) and a new location, Nanjing University. Under the guidance of Zhang Xianmin (Beijing Film Academy Professor, curator, critic, fi
By Isabella Tianzi Cai Zhang Xianmin, manager of the China Independent Film Fund At the Pusan International Film Festival, Variety reports that a new fund has been set up to help the production of independent films in China. The fund is managed by Beijing Film Academy Professor (and dGenerate consultant) Zhang Xianmin and financed by an anonymous donor. Zhang revealed the news as he was attending a Pusan festival forum on film funding. He said that a total of $5,000 to $10,00
By Isabella Tianzi Cai The Seventh China Independent Film Festival will be held in Nanjing from October 21 to 25. The screenings will be held at Nanjing University as well as other university venues. There will be a forum for film enthusiasts at the festival called “The Projection of China’s Moving Images and the Chinese Imagination in the Next Ten Years.” A 3-D workshop will be also held there with support from Panasonic. dGenerate Directors who have films in the festival ar
Spring Fever (dir. Lou Ye) In the new issue of Senses of Cinema, Chris Berry offers a review of the 6th China Independent Film Festival, held this past October in Nanjing. An excerpt: By international standards CIFF is a relatively small and under-resourced event. Screenings are scattered across a range of minor colleges, art galleries and museums in Nanjing, a former capital up the Yangtze from Shanghai. This year, approximately 70 experimental films, documentaries and drama
The Sixth China Independent Film Festival (CIFF) will be held in Nanjing from October 12-16th, 2009. Here’s a listing of their screening programs. Screenings are held in the Nanjing Visual Art College and Nanjing Art University. In addition there will be other discussions and presentations on Chinese independent cinema (including one by yours truly on behalf of dGenerate); there’s even a “Young Movie Critics” training course on tap. Yang Jin‘s Er Dong, a dGenerate Films cata