Chinese Cinema Season

Hooray! The biggest film festival for Chinese cinema of the year in Europe has landed in the UK, with a rich programme of films and events starting from 10th May until 10th June!

UK-China Film Collab

According to the UK-China Film Collab (英中电影合作研发中心), the presenter of Odyssey: a Chinese cinema season –

From 10th May to 10th June 2022, with more than 60 films in 8 curated sections, 10 panel discussions and many inspiring Q&A sessions, we will bring you a whole month of outstanding and innovative Chinese cinema that promises to illuminate your mind. The festival will not only introduce the latest young Chinese film talents to the UK audience, but also provide forums for professionals to exchange creativity and business ideas.

While many of the events will take place in London and Edinburgh, there are a good many online events and films that one can choose to attend, some of which are free. Below are the highlights for local Chinese community and fans of Chinese films in Northern Ireland.

Neo Horizon: The Audience Award

As audience, you are invited to view the six selected films for free and vote for the Audience Award, starting from 10th May. Don’t miss out!

Shanghai Animation Film Studio Retro

This is a great opportunity to enjoy some classic Chinese animated films of different eras and art styles while learning about the history of Chinese animation.

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Discussion Panels

During the month-long China Cinema Season, there will also be ten online discussion panels, exploring aspects of UK-China film collaboration and other topics such as regional cinemas and the role of female film programmers in China.

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Hope you all will enjoy a fantastic season of Odyssey journey with Chinese films!


YOUNG PROGRAMMERS SELECTION – Diversity of Chinese Cinema and Minority Groups in China

“There are 56 ethnic groups in China. The diverse stories of different ethnic groups on the screen contributes to the diversity of Chinese cinema. Both the collections of classic Chinese films and films of Chinese minority ethnic groups involve films that are made by the most prominent Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Generation of Chinese Filmmakers and the latest new filmmakers of China.

From the film The Horse Thief made in the year 1986 to the River Road made in 2014, the Chinese film industry and film cultures witnessed massive changes. While the Chinese film industries growing rapidly during these years, the major roles that used to be played by the state-owned studios are now played by different types of producers. In recent years, the films that tell stories about minority ethnic groups are frequently paid attention to by the worldwide audiences.”

Li Peize
  • Li Peize
  • Co-editors-in-chief, Frames Cinema Journal
  • PhD Candidate, University of St. Andrews, 2017 – to date
  • MA in Film Studies, Queen’s University Belfast, 2016
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