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Final Call - The 2nd Chinese Independent Film Festival

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Dear all,


We are happy to invite you to participate in the 2nd Chinese Independent Film Festival at Royal Holloway, University of London on 6th December 2018. Please find the Call for Films below.

Kind regards,

UK-China Media and Cultural Studies Association Committee


2018 Chinese Independent Film Festival

From the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ to China’s Generation Z:

Remediating New Minds in the Digital Era



The 2nd Chinese Independent Film Festival aims to foster a transcultural and transnational communication between China and the UK, while also facilitating cultural diversity and cultural understanding. Through the promotion of outstanding independent films from Chinese and international filmmakers, the festival hopes to build a communicative bridge between professionals in the film industry and film academics from both China and the UK.

This year’s CIFF is held by the UK-China Media and Cultural Studies Association and the Centre for Politics in Africa, Asia and the Middle East (AAME), Royal Holloway, University of London, and co-held by the Department of Media Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London, the Media and Cultural Creativity Research Group (UK), University of East Anglia and University of Sussex. We aim to connect the new generations of Chinese filmmakers and media researchers to international audiences.



Time: 6th December 2018

Location: 11 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7HU



This year’s festival seeks film submissions in:

  *   Social and cultural identity crisis through Chinese social media

  *   Dystopian consequences of new technologies

  *   Alternative present or the new future

  *   Female representation on Chinese media

  *   Digital transformation of individual’s life

  *   Cyberspace ethics

  *   Cultural exchanges: films representing Chinese Communities in the UK (migrant writers, painters, musicians, etc.) as well as British Communities in China.



Roundtable Topics:

  *   Sino-UK production treaty upon the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’

  *   Media collaborations between China and the UK

  *   The influence of e-government management on citizens’ lifestyles

  *   Digital consumption and its socio-political impact on Chinese and British citizens

  *   Fake news and disinformation in the digital era

Eligibility:

  1.  Categories of Submission:

         *   Feature films – over 60 minutes;

         *   Short films – between 15-45 minutes;

         *   Documentary – between 30-60 minutes.


    2. Accepted Formats: DCP, QuickTime ProRes, MPEG, AVI.


    3. Language and Subtitles: all languages, with both Chinese and English subtitles.

(Notes: all films and documentaries invited to the festival will be screened in their original languages with Chinese and English subtitles)



Deadline: 18th November 2018 (Please contact the organisers directly in the case of late submissions)


Notifications of acceptance: 22nd November 2018


Festival agenda: Film Screenings + Q&A + Roundtables



CONFIRMED SPEAKERS



Mandy Merck (Professor of Media Arts, Royal Holloway)

Mandy Merck joined Royal Holloway as Professor of Media Arts in 1999.  She previously taught at Sussex University, the University of California at Santa Cruz, Duke University and Cornell University.  She is the author of In Your Face: Nine Sexual Studies, Hollywood’s American Tragedies, After Diana:  Irreverent Elegies and Perversions: Deviant Readings. She is a specialist in feminist and queer approaches to the cinema and representations of national identity in US film.



Jinghan Zeng (Director of the Centre for Politics in Africa, Asia and the Middle East)

Dr. Jinghan Zeng is Director of the Centre for Politics in Africa, Asia and the Middle East (AAME) and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research lies in the field of Chinese politics with more specific interests in domestic politics of China's rise.



George Guo (Lecturer in Broadcast Media, Royal Holloway)

Dr. George Dawei Guo joined the Department in October 2012 as a lecturer in Broadcast Media. He obtained a PhD in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Westminster in 2012 and a MA in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2005. His current research interests mainly concern the past and present of international television industries with a particular focus on the relationship between the US, the UK and China.



Yanling Yang (Leverhulme Research Fellow, Loughborough University)

Dr. Yanling Yang, is a Leverhulme Research Fellow at Loughborough University and a lecturer in Marketing Communication at Leeds Business School. She obtained her PhD at the School of Media and Communication University of Leeds in 2017. Her thesis ‘Film as an instrument of China’s soft power: practice, outcomes and dilemmas’ analyses the role of film as an instrument of nation’s soft power with a focus on China.



Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the event.



We welcome filmmakers and practice-based researchers whose works align with the festival theme. Please send your works to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> by Sunday 18th November 2018. Filmmakers and artists selected for the festival will be notified of acceptance via email by 22nd November 2018.



For inquiries, please contact the festival organisers:

Lisa Lin (UCMeCSA Committee Member; Royal Holloway, University of London)

E-mail: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

Yuxin Liu (UCMeCSA Committee Member; PhD Candidate, University of East Anglia)

E-mail: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

Xing Huang (UCMeCSA Staff, PhD Candidate, University of East Anglia)

E-mail: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>


UK-China Media and Cultural Studies Association

https://ucmecsa.org/


Facebook Page: UK-China Media and Cultural Studies Association

Twitter: @UCMeCSA



WeChat Official Account: UCMeCSA

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