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2018 Chinese Visual Festival
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2018 Chinese Visual Festival
Guests and Special Events

The 8th Chinese Visual Festival (CVF) will be held in London 3rd – 6th May at BFI Southbank and King’s College London. The festival this year is delighted to welcome a fantastic selection of guests to London, including Cheung King-wai, Nicole Chan, Kit Hung and Hong Kong Fresh Wave directors. Film screenings are complimented by a number of special events, including our second annual conference, Q&As, panels and drinks receptions, giving plenty of chances to meet the filmmaker guests and to get involved in learning more about the topics and themes behind their works.
 
Visit the CVF website for tickets and the full programme
Cheung King-wai

CVF welcomes celebrated director Cheung King-wai from Hong Kong.  Known for his documentaries The Taste of Youth and KJ: Music and Life and screenwriting credits including Ann Hui’s Night and Fog.  Cheung King-wai will be at BFI Southbank presenting the UK Premiere of his fiction feature debut Somewhere Beyond the Mist, a stunning slow-burn crime masterpiece based on a shocking Hong Kong murder case, which has won a series of awards and nominations, including multiple wins at the Hong Kong Film Awards, and will be taking part in a Q&A session after the film. 
 

Born in Hong Kong in 1968, Cheung King-wai graduated from Brooklyn College, at City University of New York, and is the winner of many awards, including The Best New Director at the 29th Hong Kong Film Awards, the Winner of the Best Documentary, the Best Sound Editing and the Best Editing at the 46th Golden Horse Awards, as well as the Award for Best Artist at Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2009.  As well as screening at international festivals such as Sundance and Clermont-ferrand, his films have also been notable box office hits in Hong Kong and China, marking him as one of the few documentary directors to achieve both critical and commercial success. 
 
Nicole Chan (Chan Wai-yee)
Known as one of Hong Kong’s top independent film and documentary producers, we are happy to welcome producer Nicole Chan as a guest of this year’s festival.  Nicole Chan will be presenting the UK Premiere of her latest production Somewhere Beyond the Mist at BFI Southbank, taking part in a Q&A with director Cheung King-wai. 

Nicole Chan has over 10 years' experience in producing, promoting and distributing independent movies.  In 2004, at the age of 17, she directed a short documentary Gay or Not, which won the International Young Film Makers Award at Up-and-Coming International Film Festival Hannover And an Honourable Mention at Bangkok International Film Festival.  In 2008, studying Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong, she won the pitching at CNEX out of 100 participants. With the fund, she made a documentary The District Councillor, which was awarded a Special Mention at Chinese Documentary Film Festival.  In 2009, she helped establish the Hong Kong branch of CNEX, promoting documentaries including KJ: Music and Life and Let the Wind Carry Me, and in 2011 joined Beautiful Productions, established by director Cheung King-wai, working as a production manager. 
 
Kit Hung
As part of our LGBTQ programme Cinema Comrade, the festival this year welcomes noted Hong Kong queer filmmaker Kit Hung, known for challenging gay representations and stereotypes.  Kit will be at the festival to present a very special screening of his award-winning Soundless Wind Chime, followed by a conversation about his career with noted film critic Tony Rayns at King's College London. 

Kit Hung graduated with an M.F.A. from the Department of Film, Video and New Media, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Lecturer of the Academy of film, Hong Kong Baptist University, his films have won numerous international awards and were screened at over 120 international film festivals.  His debut feature Soundless Wind Chime was nominated for the Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, released in more than 16 countries in 6 languages.  He is currently a research student in the department of Media and Communication in the Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK.
 
Hong Kong Fresh Wave Directors
CVF is delighted to be screening a selection of the best short films from the Hong Kong 2018 Fresh Wave Competition, showcasing the work of talented young directors, and hear from some of the filmmakers themselves, who will be attending the session at BFI Southbank as part of the Future FIlm series.  Now celebrating 12 years, Fresh Wave was instigated by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and has become a hotbed for talent, with participants including Wong Chun (Mad World), Jevons Au (Trivisa), Kiwi Chow (Ten Years) and Flora Lau (Bends). 

Also featuring other guests from the UK and China, this cross-cultural session will give young filmmakers in London the chance to take part in a lively discussion about their experiences in the industry and the move from funding short films to features - click here for full details on the films and guests. 
Special Events at CVF 2018
Film screenings are complimented by a number of special events, including the conference Critical Voices; Critical Silences: Chinese and Sinophone Film Theory and Criticism at King’s College London, featuring prominent academics.  A full-day event comprised of panel sessions from 9am and a roundtable at 4pm, the workshop gathers together scholars from the UK, the United States, and Hong Kong, who work on different historical periods and geopolitical regions in Chinese and Sinophone cinemas to foster a conversation on Chinese and Sinohpone film theory and criticism.  In so doing, these scholars map those critical voices and silences that have given and continue to generate filmmakers and audiences the impetus to create new images.  These images continue to negotiate the artistic, social, and political imaginations, discourses, and practices in China and various Sinophone communities.  

This workshop is sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Conference Support and the QR Fund of Film Studies, King’s College London.

 
As usual, CVF will be hosting a number of drinks receptions during the festival, giving audiences the chance to meet the filmmakers and guests, as well as socialising and networking.  There will be drinks receptions after our Opening and Closing Gala screenings of Old Beast and Alifu, the Prince/ss, and after the
Hong Kong Fresh Wave session, all held at the wonderful Blue Room at BFI Southbank - entry to the receptions is included in the ticket prices, so come along and grab a drink!
Click here to visit the CVF website

Support for the Hong Kong programmes under CVF, including the visit of Cheung King-wai and Nicole Chan, comes courtesy of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London.

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