CIFN-UK will collaborate with CNEX and Sheffield Doc/Fest to organise a series of events such as a half-day panel of talks/discussions at the Doc/Fest on the challenge of and opportunities for UK-China documentary co-production with a focus on independent documentary filmmaking, and the three-day Sheffield Doc/Fest-CNEX Documentary Summit in Beijing in which indie filmmakers from China and the UK will share experience of working in the indie sector and exchange strategies and methods. 
CIFN-UK will set up various platforms for cross-cultural communication and international networking, and inspire new forms of artistic and social expression. 



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CNEX is the short form of “Chinese Next” and “See Next”. As the biggest non-profit film foundation based in Beijing, Taipei and Hong Kong, it is devoted to the production and promotion of Chinese-language documentaries. CNEX strives to facilitate cultural exchange between Chinese and the rest of the world by supporting the production of documentaries about contemporary Chinese people, their lives, and their societies. CNEX aspires to become a platform supporting Chinese documentary filmmakers in developing a sustainable strategy for contemporary Chinese documentary-making. CNEX aims to establish and develop a library of global Chinese non-fiction works to preserve an audiovisual record of Chinese communities and their cultures during a time of unprecedented and rapid change.



Sheffield Doc/Fest

  • Project Partner

Sheffield Doc/Fest is the UK’s premier documentary festival, promoting the art and business of documentary and non-fiction storytelling. Doc/Fest is a hub for documentary and non-fiction content across all platforms, from feature length films to shorts, and including interactive, augmented reality, and virtual reality projects. It is the place for pioneering and innovative filmmakers, ideas, projects, debate and thinking—as well as for business, pitching, and training. The annual festival comprises: a film programme of international documentary screenings; a programme of interactive, augmented reality and virtual reality projects; talks with high profile speakers; pitching and training; social events and networking; and year-round screenings, talks, and training outside of the festival period. Doc/Fest attracts over 36,000 festival-goers each year, including over 3,500 industry delegates from over 60 countries.