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The 4th DC Chinese Film Festival call for entries is now CLOSED

2018-06-07 21:54


It’s been 7 years since the DC Chinese Film Festival made its debut in September 2011 and we are eager to welcome the fourth biennial DC Chinese Film Festival scheduled for September 2018. We are also pleased to announce that at the close of this year's call for entries on June 1st, 2018, we have received a total of 562 films from over 14 countries and regions. This year's submissions included 38 narrative feature films, 224 narrative shorts, 51 documentary feature films, 132 documentary shorts, and 117 animated & experimental shorts.


































While filmmakers from China, Hong Kong, the United States and Canada comprised most of the submissions, we also received films from countries as far-flung as Brazil and Saudi Arabia.  So far, our first-round screening committee has been amazed at the diversity and quality of the submissions!




















Over the next two months, the screening committee will continue to view, score, and narrow down the films that will comprise this year’s festival, with the final lineup being announced in late August.









We are also very pleased and excited to introduce you to four confirmed members of our Festival Jury:



Liao Qingsong














Liao Qingsong, a renowned film editor in Taiwan, is known as the "Nanny of Taiwan New Cinema".  Having studied at Film Technical Training class at Taiwan Central Film Company in 1973, Liao Qingsong has worked with nearly every notable director in Taiwan and has edited more than 70 films over the past 40 years, including Edward Yang's That Day, On The Beach, Hou Hsiao-hsien's A Time to Live and a Time to Die, Yi Zhiyan's Blue Gate Crossing, Zheng Wentang's Somewhere Over the Dreamland, and Wang Songge’s Half-Mirror. In recent years, Liao was nominated for Best Editing at the 31st China Golden Rooster Awards in 2017 for the film Tharlo, and won a Best Editing award at the 10th Asian Film Awards in 2016 for Port of Call.



Chris Berry












Chris Berry, a professor in Film Studies at King's College London, commits himself to the study of Chinese and East Asian film culture, the issues related to public space, as well as gender and film. He has served as an advisor to FLTRP and China Film Group, and is an author of several books and articles such as Chinese Film Festivals: Sites of Translation and Pema Tseden and the Tibetan Road Movie.


Shih-Ching Tsou











Shih-Ching Tsou, is a New York City-based filmmaker. She co-wrote, co-directed and co-produced Take Out with Sean Baker, which was nominated for the John Cassavetes Award at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards. After their collaboration on Take Out, Tsou executive-produced Baker’s third feature Starlet, winner of the Robert Altman Award at the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards. Continuing collaborate with Baker, Tsou served as a producer on Tangerine, as well as the costume designer, art department and additional camera operator.  She also made her acting debut in the film, which was filmed completely on iPhone 5s. After Tangerine, Tsou produced Baker's latest feature The Florida Project, the film premiered in the Directors' Fortnight section of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and was theatrically released in the United States in 2017 by A24. Tsou is currently working on her second feature, Left Handed Girl, a family drama set in a night market in Taipei, Taiwan.




Aliza Ma












Aliza Ma is the Head of Programming at New York's Metrograph theatre. As both a programmer and writer, Ma has worked at Museum of the Moving Image, TIFF Cinematheque, AFI Film Festival, and Sundance Film Festival. Aliza is now a contributing writer for Film Comment, specialized in Asian cinema.


We are grateful to all of the jurors for providing their professional, passionate, and unique perspectives in support of our festival, as well as Chinese cinema in general.  We look forward to seeing which films and upcoming filmmakers they will honor!


Thank you for all of your love and support, it is because of you the DC Chinese Film Festival has continued to grow over the past 7 years.  Your talent and drive to tell Chinese stories through Cinema is so exciting and we hope to continue to provide a platform to showcase these films for years to come.  The future of Chinese Cinema is bright!


See you in September 2018 at the DC Chinese Film Festival!


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