Chinese Independent Film Network UK

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 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
  • 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.

Upcoming Event in May

Folk Memory Project and Post-socialist Documentary Practice