The 1st Filming East Shorts Award will assemble young Chinese ethnicity filmmakers working in the UK and screen the winners’ films across narrative, animation, fashion video and documentaries. The screening session will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers sharing their thoughts and experiences.
We are delighted to launch the Short Film Callout for the 2019 Filming East & CAN Festival. Organised by both Filming East Festival and Chinese Arts Now, the Short Film Competition is part of the ‘British Chinese Film Day’ of CAN’s festival in January and early February 2019, which aims to support and encourage UK-based Chinese filmmakers to engage a wide range of audiences through their short films.
As part of the celebration of Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) in the U.K., BFI Southbank Center had a special screening of Song of the Phoenix in collaboration with Filming East Festival. Ms. Yixi Sun, the director of Filming East Festival gave an introduction at the fully occupied NFT 1. As said by the director of the film, Wu Tianming, the film is for all the future Chinese audience, which is also much appreciated by today’s international audience. With the help of BFI, Wu Tianming Film Foundation and Filming East Festival, Song of the Phoenix had the opportunity to be screened publicly in the U.K., and great respect has been paid to its late director.
The day-and-date release with China gives UK film-goers the chance to see the Youth on the big screen at the same time as domestic audiences and is set to be one of the biggest Chinese movie events of the year. Filming East is grateful to be able to support Trinity to release such a timely and important film about China’s recent history, from one of the greatest directors working in China, to UK audiences at the same time as it is released in its home country.