Behind the scenes: Chinese Cinema Encounters

With the vision to establish itself at the forefront of education, research, and knowledge transfer in the areas of audiovisuals, media production, design, graphic arts, digital media and communication, in addition to introducing new programmes of study, UCLan Cyprus in collaboration with China’s Wuhan University of Communication present the newly established International Center of Media, Arts and Communication.

The main objectives of the Center’s operation include the promotion of research and creativity, and the facilitation of knowledge, expertise and experience exchange related to the aforementioned areas at a local, European, and international level.

As part of the Center’s activities, UCLan Cyprus participates in the “Cyprus International Film Days Festival” with a satellite event supported by the Directors Guild of Cyprus and the Larnaka Cinema Society. The event entitled “Behind the Scenes: Chinese Cinema Encounters“, will take place on Tuesday, April 25th from 09:30 to 15:00 at the premises of UCLan Cyprus in Larnaca.

The “Cyprus International Film Days Festival” is the official international film festival of Cyprus. It is co-organized by the Department of Modern and Contemporary Culture of the Deputy Ministry of Culture and the Rialto Theatre.

In addition to the inauguration of the newly established Centre, the event spotlights Chinese Cinema with two special screenings that engage with environmental, moral and economic issues. Both screenings will take place in the presence of production representatives.

Bo Li, editor, member of the OSCARS Academy and Winner of the Best Editing at the 54th Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan will present the documentary “Plastic China” which grapples with questions of what it means to be surrounded by plastic waste.

Chunlin Cheng, cinematographer, will present the second screening entitled “City Dream”. This film was featured in the Viewfinders Section and won the Grand Jury Prize of the 2019 DOC NYC Film Festival. It documents the struggles of Wang Tiancheng, an elderly and cantankerous street vendor in Wuhan, China, whose business is threatened by the development of a new retail district.

Q&A sessions will follow each screening and a networking reception will take place during the event.

Entry to the event is free.

Check out the programme here

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