Emily Austin-Howell from the University of Leeds has been selected to join UK-China Film Collab as a member via the organisation’s Future Talent Programme 2022-2023.

Here is Emily’s introduction to herself:

“I am currently studying at the University of Leeds for a BA in Liberal Arts with a major in politics.

I am keen to apply my knowledge of the (Mandarin) language and culture collaboratively, and continue my positive experiences collaborating with external arts and cultural organisations, while also advancing cultural diplomacy.

Cutting through politics, there is a desire for a coherent, thoughtful view of the UK’s relationship with China. However, this discussion is elite. My vision for the future of UK-China film collaboration is one that encourages more people to participate in our democratic process. Therefore, my focus this year will be promoting UCFC’s mission and its projects to new audiences.

As someone who has worked on a number of cultural projects, I can offer my perspective on the task of moving beyond the elite representation of Chinese film. As an Intern at the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds (BCI) and a Project Assistant on the AHRC-funded research project Song of the Female Textile Workers, I considered the distribution process, western audiences’ perceptions and content preferences, and shared my enthusiasm for China with others.”

Contact Emily: emily.austin-howell@ukchinafilm.uk

Emily’s Contribution to UCFC:

Odyssey: a Chinese cinema season 2023 as Jury Panel Member