China Clamps Down on Another Independent Film Festival
“The darkest day in the history of Chinese independent film”
Chinese authorities shut down the 11th Annual Beijing Independent Film Festival (BIFF) and arrested the festival’s organizers on Saturday, August 23. The festival is organized annually by the Li Xianting Film Fund, which is located on the outskirts of Beijing city, in Songzhuang district’s Xiaobao village.
Chinese leaders have spoken publicly about their desire to promote homegrown culture, but crackdowns such as this one show a reality that is vastly different from the rhetoric
The new leadership of the Chinese Community Party under President Xi Jinping vowed to promote China’s soft power by pushing forward the cultural industry. In the past few years, state-controlled film corporations have invested in a number of big movies by building partnerships with their Hong Kong and Taiwan counterparts, thus establishing a pan-Chinese film market.
In addition, the quota for imported foreign movies keeps expanding. US and China co-production is encouraged, under the condition that all films produced under this collaboration are subject to China’s censorship mechanism.
While China has indeed become the world’s biggest market for cultural consumption, the government has no plans to relax its control over cultural output. In fact, the clampdown on independent art activities has never been harsher.
Posted on October 2, 2014, in Diversity in Film, General Information and tagged Censorship in Film, Chinese Film Industry, Chinese Independent Film, Independent Filmmaking. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.