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Date: 25 September – 6 October 2023
Venues: Newcastle University, Newcastle Arts Centre

Funded by the Arts and Humanity Research Council, this event is to launch the Chinese Independent Film Archive (CIFA), located in Newcastle University, which is dedicated to the preservation of and access to Chinese independent film culture. The launch event consists of a large-scale multi-media exhibition involving three Chinese independent filmmakers; a Chinese independent film poster exhibition; a film series of 19 films that will be shown for the first time in the UK (including 8 new films being screened in public for the first time), with post-screening Q&As with 16 filmmakers; a one-day symposium on the exhibition and circulation of Chinese independent cinema; four roundtables; a journal issue launch; and a performance. It involves over 40 invited guests from China, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Singapore, the Netherlands, UK, and USA, including filmmakers, artists, curators, archivists, critics, and scholars, many of whom have played an important role in the development of Chinese independent cinema.

The launch aims to showcase the outcome of an AHRC-funded research project (2019-2024) about Chinese independent cinema, promote the use of CIFA in teaching and researching China, and engage in the discussion of a range of pressing issues around Chinese independent cinema and film archives. Through two weeks of launch activities, we hope to open a window onto this unique, important, but marginalised film culture, draw the attention of professionals and the general public alike to CIFA, and encourage the use of CIFA’s collections by students and researchers from within and outside Newcastle University.

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Launch Poster Exhibition: Chinese Independent Film Posters by Wang Wo

Date: 18 Sept. – 10 Dec. 2023

Venue: Philip Robinson Library, Newcastle University

Launch Exhibition: China Through an Independent Lens

Participating filmmakers: Hu Jie胡杰, Wen Pulin温普林, Zhang Zanbo张赞波

Date: 25 Sept. – 6 Oct. 2023

Venue: Assembly House, Newcastle Arts Centre, 55 Westgate Road

Launch Film Series: Chinese Independent Cinema Today

 The screening of 19 films and post-screening Q&As with 16 Chinese indie filmmakers

Opening screening

Date: 7:30pm – 10pm, 25 Sept. 2023

Venue: Tyneside Cinema

All other screenings

Date: 1-10pm, 26, 29, 30 Sept., 1, 2, 3 Oct. 2023

Venue: Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre, 67 Westgate Road

Launch Roundtables

Launch Roundtable 1: How to Continue Making Films Independently in China?

Date: 10am-12:30pm, 27 Sept. 2023

Venue: Assembly House, Newcastle Arts Centre, 55 Westgate Road

Launch Roundtable 2: The Spirit and Legacy of Avant-garde Art in China in the 1980s

Date: 2:30-5pm, 27 Sept. 2023

Venue: Assembly House, Newcastle Arts Centre, 55 Westgate Road

Launch Roundtable 3: CIFA’s Roles in Teaching and Researching China in Higher Education and Secondary Schools

Date: 10am-12pm, 29 Sept. 2023

Venue: Armstrong Building Keeton Lomas Lecture Theatre, Newcastle University

Launch Roundtable 4: Film Archives: Building Collections, Preservation, and Access in the Digital Era

Date: 10am-12pm, 30 Sept. 2023

Venue: Old Library Building interpreting suite, Newcastle University

Launch Symposium: The Exhibition and Circulation of Chinese Independent Films

Date:  9:30am – 5:30pm, 28 September 2023

Venue: Boiler House, Newcastle University

Chinese Independent Cinema Observer Issue 6 Launch: Censorship and Chinese Independent Cinema

Date: 10-11:30am, 1 Oct. 2023

Venue: Assembly House, Newcastle Arts Centre, 55 Westgate Road