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.
Founded in 2007 by Yixi Sun and sponsored by the UK Film Council, the Filming East Festival is a registered charity in England and Wales. Press conferences were held in Beijing and London, announcing that the first Filming East Festival would take place in Oxford and London.
In 2008, Filming East Festival relocated to London. In addition to a series of special events throughout the year, the film showcase was held from November 21st to the 26th at the Odeon Cinema in Covent Garden. During the five days, more than 15 films were screened, including “The Banquet” and “Assembly” by Feng Xiaogang, “PK.COM.CN” by Xiao Jiang, “Little Red Flowers” by Zhang Yuan, and “The Warlords” by Peter Chan.
The Festival continued to expand its outreach in the UK, bringing Chinese cinema to the wider regions of South East England. More than 20 feature films and programmed short film sessions were screened in Chichester, Oxfordshire, Woking, Chertsey and Virginia Water. Filmmaking workshops and seminars were also delivered.
Stepping into its 4th year, the Filming East Festival had been the largest Chinese film festivals in the UK and in Europe, with more than 3000 signed members.
As part of the case study of international culture exchange, Filming East Festival was included in the communication studies book published by the Communication University of China, 2011.The Filming East Festival gained growing international recognition.and was included as a case study of international cultural exchange in the Communication Studies textbook published by the Communication University of China in 2011.
In 2012, the Filming East Festival became an official event partner of the British Film Institute (BFI). In February, Filming East Festival and the BFI celebrated the Year of the Dragon with a selection of classic and contemporary Chinese feature films, dealing with themes of age, sport and philosophy: Golden Horse Winner “A Simple Life” (Ann Hui)., A retrospective screening of the Woman Basketball Player No. 5 (Xie Jing, 1957), and the historical epic Confucius (Mei Hu).