Annabel Bai Jackson from the University of Oxford has been selected to join UK-China Film Collab as a member via the organisation’s Future Talent Programme 2021-2022.

Here is Annabel’s introduction to herself and her project for this year:

“I am currently a Master’s student specialising in modern and contemporary literature at the University of Oxford. I have worked as a writer for the Oxford International Short Film Festival, as a research assistant to a filmmaker at the Ruskin School of Art, and as a development assistant to a TV consultant. In these roles, I have specialised in reframing narratives around social issues to increase public engagement, and in brainstorming ways of transferring academic writing to the visual medium. As a half-Chinese individual living in the UK, I am keen to foster cross-cultural understanding at a time of increasing tension between east and west. I believe in cinema as the art-form and industry best placed to tackle this issue.

Throughout the programme, I will be organising a series of online workshops for up-and-coming screenwriters interested in making films with a cross-cultural, UK-China focus. I hope to extend collaboration beyond funding and technological exchange, and move into the stories we tell and the subjects we represent in potential future co-productions. Following on from this, I will also create a written resource or toolkit for screenwriters that documents the kind of cross-cultural narratives already in play, directs screenwriters away from common stereotypes, and proposes new stories and thematic approaches. My aim is to facilitate and empower screenwriters’ exploration of this subject through presenting case studies and highlighting new avenues of storytelling.”

Annabel also serves as Assistant Curator for Odyssey: a Chinese cinema season 2022, an annual film festival presented by UK-China Film Collab.

Contact Annabel: [email protected]