2018 | Callout: Filming East & CAN Short Film Award

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.

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2018 | Song of the Phoenix (Bai Niao Chao Feng) 12 February 2018

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.

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2017 | ‘Youth’ in UK/IRE Cinemas

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.

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2007 | The 1st Filming East Festival

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.

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2008 | The 2nd Filming East Festival

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. 

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2016 | The 10th Filming East Festival

The 10th Filming East Festival opened at the BFI Southbank, with the UK Premiere of “The Calligraphy Master”. Directed by Yinnan Ding and Zhen Ding, it is a biopic of the prestige Chinese calligrapher and ink-painter Qi Gong.

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2015 | The 9th Filming East Festival

To coincide with the Chinese New Year celebration through cinema, the 9th Filming East Festival and the British Film Institute programmed three events in February and  March. This included a screening of “Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles” by Zhang Yimou and two other special events: “A Time Traveller’s Guide to China” with live piano accompaniment, showcasing the rarely seen early film footage of Chinese cinemas; and a talk delivered by Cultural historian and film writer Christopher Frayling that draws from his book The Yellow Peril: Dr. Fu manchu and the Rise of Chianphobia to explore the (mis)representation of the Chinese people in British and American cinema. 

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2014 | The 8th Filming East Festival 

As presenting partner, Filming East Festival was involved in the British Film Institute’s year long celebration of the Chinese cinema programme “Electric Shadow”. The highlight of the programme included a 20 day film showcase of Chinese cinema and a tribute programme to Feng Xiaogang, the pacemaker of Chinese entertainment films. In May, Filming East Festival co-presented the “Jia Zhangke in Conversation” event with the Chinese Visual Festival. 

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2013 | The 7th Filming East Festival

Over the New Year period, Filming East Festival has shown a season of Chinese films, including “The Opium War” (Xie Jin), “Red” (Ann Hui) and ‘Ping Pang’(Ann Hui), marking the 3rd year of our collaboration with the BFI. Peng Wenlan, chairperson of the Meridian Society, who was also the UK line producer on “The Opium War”, introduced the 1996 film.  

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2012 | The 6th Filming East Festival

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).

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