China Now: Independent Visions

Independent film-making in China grew dramatically after the mid-1990s, as controls on expression were relaxed and digital technologies reduced the barriers to production, however as official control over the media has become tighter in the past five years, news reporting and film-making alike have been more closely monitored.

Between 2003 and 2014, the Beijing Independent Film Festival showcased the work of film-makers who worked outside the official production and distribution system. The high profile of the festival, and its screenings of works on sensitive social and political subjects caused a rising number of challenges, culminating in the forced closure of the festival by the Chinese authorities and the confiscation it’s archive of independent films.

These films were all due to be shown at the 2014 Festival, and are now presented as part of the touring series China Now: Independent Visions, as a co-presentation of the School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield, and Cinema On The Edge.

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