The UK-China Film Collab is a unique and one of its kind non-profit organisation. Our mission is to inspire and encourage film related collaboration and debate between the UK and Greater China, through communication improvement, original project design, R&D, talent development and advocacy.

The deadline has now been extended to 14 August.

The first edition of Future Talent Programme was launched in 2020. Its objective is to provide a platform for students to gain some practical experience during their studies, as well as to testify their ideas. The organisation will support their initiatives via our opportunities, network and resources. This programme is different from a standard internship. We are looking for individuals who have ideas and who are brave to put them into experiment. Any initiative or expertise is welcome, as long as they follow the organisation’s mission and that your service, like the nature of the organisation, remains non-profit.

All the selected candidates will automatically become an associate member of the organisation after the one-year programme, where they can continue to interact, network and share resources with all colleagues.


Who are our current and past Future Talent Members?

Annabel Jackson, International Film Research and Development Specialist, Assistant Curator


Lily Collinson, Lancaster University

Xiangqin Dong, University of Edinburgh

Szymon Grochal, University of Hertfordshire

Martha Harwood, Lancaster University

Annabel Bai Jackson, University of Oxford

Yixiang Lin, University of Edinburgh 

Yawen Liu, London Film School

Jiakai Nie, University College London

Ethan Shi, University of Bristol

Xiaolian Qiu, University of Sheffield

Zhilin Wang, University of Reading

Liao Zhang, University of Nottingham

You can find out more about our previous members on this website.


Who are we looking for?

You are a student with a curiosity in all China related topics studying at a UK university.

You are committed to contributing (a tiny part) to world peace via your proposed project and future career. You are passionate about film, and have unique perspectives on film as art, culture, business and diplomacy. You are an unusually active researcher, who believes in the democratisation of knowledge. You are good at facilitation and recognise the importance in behind the scene cross-cultural facilitation. You have a sense of social responsibility and are ready to serve the community. You have a long-term vision and recognise how your service will benefit the next generations.

To apply for this programme, please send the following materials in English to by 14 August (Extended), with an email subjected “Future Talent Programme 2022-2023”.

  1. CV
  2. A one-page Cover Letter
  3. A one-page article to summarise your vision on the future of UK-China film collaboration

Each year we will select 8-12 members. This year’s selection will be conducted by the previous cohort.


Selected activities that we initiated, supported or co-organised:

July 2022: The Heroic Mission: Johnnie To Retrospective at the Prince Charles Cinema

May – June 2022: Organised and presented the largest Chinese film festival in Europe, Odyssey: a Chinese cinema season, featuring 60+ films, 10 panels and a series of exclusive Q&As


Panel 1: TwinFlame: the reception of British cinema among a Chinese audience
Panel 2: A new exploration of UK-China co-production film, virtual production
Panel 3: Women’s practice in the contemporary Chinese film industry: female film programmers on the rise
Panel 4: Potentials and Obstacles for British cinema showcase in China
Panel 5: Chinese regional cinemas
Panel 6:  Global sustainability as a storytelling strategy for non-Hollywood films
Panel 7: Future development of Chinese animation industry and international collaboration
Panel 8: An investigation into current press coverages of Chinese-language films in the UK
Panel 9: New business ideas and model for UK-China film collaboration
Panel 10: New distribution strategies for Chinese films in the UK


March 2022: Started a joint film club with Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding (SACU)

Feb 2022: Co-organised a workshop and networking event for Chinese filmmakers in the UK

Feb 2022: Initiated and organised the UK premiere for animation “I Am What I Am”

Oct 2021: Initiated and co-oragnised a limited release for “The Six” in the UK with TVF and Picturehouse Cinemas

Feb – May 2021: Co-organised Chinese Cinema Season, the first and largest online film festival dedicated to Chinese-language films in the UK and Europe, curated two thematic section, “Shang Animation Film Studio Retro” and “Hong Kong, Reimagined” as well as organised a series of panels and Q&As:


Panel 1 – International Reception of Chinese Language Films by Post-Millenials
Panel 2 – British East/Southeast Asian Women in Film and TV
Panel 3 – Tradition and Innovation in Chinese Animation
Panel 4 – Colour of the Sky After Rain: An Evening with Lady Tessa Keswick
Panel 5 – Film Data and Policy Between the UK & China
Panel 6 – The Future of Co-production Film Between the UK & China
Panel 7 – Opportunities for Documentary Filmmakers to Enter the Chinese Market
Panel 8  – VR Immersive Experience R&D Between the UK & China
Panel 9 – The Future of Hong Kong’s Film Industry


Jan – May 2021: Initiated and developed two treatments for two UK-China coproduction films.

Dec 2020: Initiated and supported the largest Charlie Chaplin Retrospective at Hainan International Film Festival


Our success stories

Curtis Weir, one of our members has now set up his own consultancy company, Eight Star Group, which specialises in ‘consulting and advising on all aspects of the screen industry and filmed entertainment market’ while Giulia D’Aquila has started her PhD studies on Chinese cinema and soft power at the Lau China Institute, King’s College with Professor Kerry Brown and Professor Astrid Nordin.


Are you the next generation of film diplomat?

Looking forward to hearing from you and let’s have an adventure! Apply and you will have a wonderful journey.