The Beijing Independent Film Festival, sponsored by the Li Xianting Film Fund, will kick off this Saturday in the Songzhuang suburb of Beijing, running from August 18-26. With over 100 feature and short films in the program, the festival’s lineup far exceeds those of previous years. It also marks a remarkable turnaround from the difficulties encountered last year’s events sponsored by the Li Xianting Film Fund, when both the Beijing Independent Documentary Festival and the Beijing Independent Film Festival operated tenuously under threat of shutdown. This year’s Beijing Independent Film Festival effectively combines those two events: the official program announcement lists the BIFF in its ninth year, when in fact its namesake had only been running for six years, while last year’s Documentary Festival would have been its eighth edition.
The festival program is organized into sections for Fiction, Documentaries (including Competition entries and special screenings), and Experimental Films. The festival opens with Huang Ji’s Egg and Stone, which won the Tiger award at this year’s Rotterdam International Film Festival, and closes with Oh the San Xia, a documentary by Wang Libo.
To our knowledge the festival schedule is currently unavailable online. Here is a list of fiction features and competition documentaries screening at the festival:
Egg and Stone, dir. Huang Ji The Young Play Games, The Old Play Tai Chi, dir. Lei Yong Miss Turan, dir. Zhai Xiaokang Burned Wings, dir. Zheng Kuo Four Ways to Die in My Hometown, dir. Chai Chunya Here Then, dir. Mao Mao The Empire, dir. Huang Zijuan Waiting for God, dir. Gan Xiao’er
Documentary Feature Competition:
The Lost River, dir. Tian Bo, Wang Miaoxia Born in Beijing, dir. Ma Li The Folk Memory Documentary Project: Satiated Village, dir. Zou Xueping The Folk Memory Documentary Project: Luo Village: Ren Dingqi and Me, dir. Luo Bing Island, dir. Mao Mao The Aged Spring, dir. Liu Dedong Money and Honey, dir. Li Jinghui Mama Rainbow, dir. Fan Popo The Stage, dir. Wu Yaodong The Days 2, dir. Wei Xiaobo To Relive, dir. Gui Shuzong Chinese Concerto, dir. Wang Bo Gold Everywhere, dir. Li Xiaofeng The Station, dir. Du Haipeng Oh the San Xia, dir. Wang Libo