The 8th Chinese Visual Festival closes after another successful year!
Following a packed performance of Alifu, the Prince/ss, a gala drinks reception marked the end of the most varied Chinese Visual Festival yet. This year’s lucky 8th edition crammed fiction, documentary and short film screenings, a conference, and Q&As, talks and introductions from more than a dozen filmmakers, academics and special guests into one unmissable extended weekend.
Amongst the festival’s 12 European and UK premiers we were delighted to welcome legendary documentarian Cheung King-wai for a Q&A following his feature fiction debut Somewhere Beyond the Mist starring Stephy Tang. Documentaries were also strong this year and included our Jury Award winner Please Remember Me and Wang Bing’s Locarno-winning Mrs. Fang.
Amongst our several sold-out shows was Alifu, the Prince/ss, a timely Taiwanese film looking at aborigine and LGBTQ issues. LGBTQ narratives were also represented by Kit Hung’s classic of Hong Kong LGBTQ cinema Soundless Wind Chime, which screened at the conclusion of a thought-provoking conference on ‘Sinophone film theory and criticism’ which welcomed academics from the US, UK and Hong Kong.
The festival also featured drama Old Beast starring Tu Men at its gala opening and a raft of short Fresh Wave films as part of its special Hong Kong Day.
Our huge thanks to our hosts BFI Southbank and King’s College London, and our partners Cinema Comrade, BFI Flare, BFI Future Film, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office London, Hong Kong Fresh Wave and the Ministry of Culture Republic of China (Taiwan). Thanks also to our incredible volunteers and organising committee, as well as our wonderful audience. For the first time, Chinese Visual Festival will have an Edinburgh satellite 11th – 14th May. We’ll continue to bring one-off and Chinese New Year screenings to London, and we look forward to 2019’s festival!