A special free online event featuring a roundtable discussion on queer and trans Chinese language cinema and a screening programme of LGBTQI+ shorts.
To join our free global online screening of the short films, click the button on this page and register on Eventbrite, then follow the instructions on the page.
The film links will allow you to access the films from 00:00 BST Thursday 15 July 2021 to 23:59 BST Sunday 25 July 2021.
The registration process will also provide access to a Zoom link for the Roundtable, which takes place Friday July 23 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM BST.
Country: China, Hong Kong, Norway, Germany
Directors: Popo Fan, Kit Hung
Running time: Various
Film type: Fiction, shorts
CVF 2021 continues its commitment to screening a diverse range of films from the Chinese language LGBTQ+ community, with a free special online event hosted by King’s College London, featuring a roundtable discussion on queer and trans Chinese language cinema and a programme of LGBTQI+ shorts by acclaimed directors Popo Fan and Kit Hung.
Beer! Beer! 喝一杯
Dir. Popo Fan, Germany 2019, Fiction/ Comedy, 17 mins
Written, directed by and starring Popo Fan, Beer! Beer! is an ‘anti-romantic comedy’ set in the early morning following a wild party in Berlin. When Tao, a Chinese guy, meets Sebastian, a local German. As they seem to get more and more intimate with each other, suddenly a mattress changes everything.
Dir. Popo Fan, China, Hong Kong, Norway 2019, Romance/Thriller, 15 mins
Popo Fan’s short follows Ting, a young professional living in Beijing. His new boyfriend Mark loves him dearly, but he finds it difficult to commit to the relationship as there is a secret that is difficult to share: he has a fetish for Mark’s teeth. With Mark’s increasingly active pursuit, Ting gets more and more confused. He wants to speak out, but could he?
Forever 17 推開世界的門
Dir. Kit Hung, Hong Kong, 2019, Fiction/Drama, 36 mins
After his partner of 40 years passed away, memories flood Ricky whenever he tidies up their bed. A flashback shows the love story between Ricky and Roger, and the story re-imagines a future: in 2029, Hong Kong legalises same-sex marriage.
In this roundtable, Directors Popo Fan, Kit Hung, Dr Kiki Yu (producer of The Two Lives of Ermao; Lecturer in Film, Queen Mary), Dr Bao Hongwei (Associate Professor in Media Studies, University of Nottingham), and Dr Victor Fan (Reader in Film and Media Philosophy, King’s College London) will discuss the current state of queer and trans cinema and media in China and the Sinophone.
About Popo Fan
Popo Fan is a queer filmmaker, writer and activist. His films feature topics such as same sex marriage (New Beijing, New Marriage), transgender (Be A Woman) and feminism (The VaChina Monologues). His trilogy Chinese Closet, Mama Rainbow and Papa Rainbow, focusing on LGBT families in China, made a strong impact on Chinese society. His tireless working on LGBT visibility also includes serving as organizer for the Beijing Queer Film Festival for more than a decade, as well as being the founder of Queer University Video Training Camp. In 2011, he received the Prism Award from the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and in 2016 he won the best short film at CHOUFTOUHONNA, Tunis International Feminist Art Film Festival (The VaChina Monologues). He participated in Berlinale Talents 2017 and was also a Teddy Award jury member in 2019.
About Kit Hung
Kit Hung graduated with an M.F.A. from the Department of Film, Video and New Media, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lecturer of the Academy of film, Hong Kong Baptist University, his films have won numerous international awards and were screened at over 120 international film festivals. His debut feature Soundless Wind Chime was nominated for the Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, released in more than 16 countries in 6 languages. He is currently a research student in the department of Media and Communication in the Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK.
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