Filming East Shorts Award + Q&A

Time and Date 12.50pm, 27 January 2019
Address NFT3, BFT Southbank, London
Duration 120mins

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.


Susu + Q&A

Time and Date 15.15, 27 January 2019
Address NFT3, BFT Southbank, London
Duration 105 mins
Director Yixi Sun
Language Mandarin | English
  • 41th Montreal World Film Festival Competition
  • 8th Beijing International Festival
  • Seattle International Film Festival 2018
  • San Diego International Film Festival Competition 2018
  • Cardiff International Film Festival (Best F-Rated Film) 2018

Two Chinese girls are offered a film translation job at a secluded, old English mansion. There they discover gruesome family secrets and learn about the traumatised past of the Kunqu Opera Star Susu. They try to escape from the evil they have uncovered, but to their horror, soon realise that the mansion and the family who live there, do not want to let them go… … “Layered with mystery and uncertainty” Nightmarish Conjurings

The Soul of Himalaya (UK Premiere) + Q&A

Time and Date 20:20, 30 January 2019
Address NFT3, BFT Southbank, London
Duration 109 mins
Director Zeng Yunhui
Language Bokar, Tibetan with English Subtitles
  • SIFF Shanghai International Film Festival
  • The 41st Montreal World Film Festival
  • S2017 Universe Multicultural Film Festival

A thousand years ago, in the forest of Himalaya, a brave Nuoba hunter went on the journey of searching “the spring of life” in order to save his tribe. This is the first film about the Chinese minority ‘Nuoba’ ever made. The crew spent three years in the remote area of Tibet, during which they created and recorded many original songs sung by the tribe and endured tremendous difficulties; from altitudes of 3000m along the Yarlung Zangbo River to 6000m in the snowy mountains, from deserts and wastelands to forests and glaciers, showing us the beauty and harshness of the nature, and the legend and mystery of the life in the highlands.

The Fragile House (UK Premiere)

Time and Date 20.30, 31 January 2019
Address NFT3, BFT Southbank, London
Duration 85 mins
Director Lin Zi
Language Hokkien with English Subtitles
  • Locarno International Film Festival (Signs of Life Award Best Film) 2018

Money and family ties come into conflict on New Year’s Eve when Cuiying’s younger sister, Huang Cuina, drops by demanding repayment of a debt. The ensuing commotion prompts Cuiying’s eldest son to call the police, and the entire family ends up spending New Year’s Eve at the police station… “As the traditional understanding of ‘The Family’ is undergoing the process of change in a rapidly developing China, it makes sense that the way family life is portrayed needs to find new forms.” – Locarno International Film Festival