The Chinese Independent Film Network UK (CIFN-UK) is facilitated by an AHRC (UK Arts and Humanities Research Council) funded project entitled “Independent Cinema in China, 1990-2017: State, Market and Film Culture”.
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
gather oral histories from independent filmmakers, curators, critics and other stakeholders
establish a research archive of Chinese independent films and film culture
build an independent film online database consisting of detailed information on independent films, film festivals and film scholarship
provide strategies/suggestions for the survival and development of independent cinema in China’s present political and economic context.