Chinese Independent Film Network UK

The Chinese Independent Film Network UK (CIFN-UK) is facilitated by an AHRC (British Arts and Humanities Research Council) funded project entitled “Independent Cinema in China, 1990-2017: State, Market and Film Culture”.

The project is led by Principal Investigator Dr Sabrina Qiong Yu (Newcastle University), with Co-Investigators Professor Chris Berry (King’s College London) and Dr Luke Robinson (University of Sussex), Consultant Professor Xianmin Zhang (Beijing Film Academy), and Research Associate Dr Lydia Dan Wu (Newcastle University).This four-year project runs from Februrary 2019 to January 2023, and it is based at Newcastle university in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

The network works closely with a large number of Chinese independent filmmakers and curators, as well as a range of industry partners, including Sheffield Doc/Fest and CNEX. It is supported by a multi-national Advisory Board comprised of twelve prominent filmmakers, curators and scholars of Chinese independent cinema around the world. 

This project aims to:

  • conduct a comprehensive research overview of Chinese independent film culture
  • establish a research archive of Chinese independent films and film culture
  • build an online database of detailed information on Chinese independent films produced since 1990, and materials from surveys and oral-history interviews with key independent filmmakers and stakeholders
  • provide strategies/suggestions for the survival and development of independent cinema in China’s present political and economic context.

CIFN-UK is the home of the project and plays a key role in preserving this film culture and its legacy. The network will help improve the visibility of Chinese independent filmmakers. It aims to make the UK a hub for research into, and exhibition of, Chinese independent cinema. 

Upcoming Event in May

Folk Memory Project and Post-socialist Documentary Practice