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 constructive debate between the UK and Greater China, through communication improvement, original project design, R&D, talent development and advocacy.

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 original 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.

Selected members will also have a priority opportunity to join the organising committee of Odyssey: a Chinese cinema season, our annual nation-wide film festival.


Who are our current and past Future Talent Members?


2022-2023 Cohort

Emily Austin-Howell, University of Leeds

Yi Fang, University for the Creative Arts (Lead of Campaign, Odyssey 2023)

Teresa Irigoyen-Lopez, SOAS

Aryan Khawaja, UCL

Qianzhi Shan, University of Edinburgh 

Liaoliao Wu, University for the Creative Arts (Lead of Operations, Odyssey 2023)

Bingjue Yan, University of Warwick (Assistant Curator, Odyssey 2023)


2021-2022 Cohort

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 student with some curiosity about China and studying at a UK university at any level.

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 value the success of a larger mission and are willing to support that mission. You have a sense of social responsibility and are ready to serve the community. You have a long-term vision about your contribution and recognise how your service will benefit the next generations.

To apply for this programme, please send the following materials in English to by 31 August (Extended Deadline), with an email subjected “Future Talent Programme 2023-2024”.

  1. CV
  2. A one-page Cover Letter
  3. A one-page statement to propose your project and to elaborate your vision on the future of UK-China film collaboration

Each year we will select no more than 8 members. Every year’s member selection will be conducted by the previous cohort.


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


May-June 2023: Odyssey: a Chinese cinema season, 3rd edition (72 films, discussion panels & exclusive Q&As)

March 2023: Michelle Yeoh special screening in Cambridge, to celebrate her Oscar achievement

March 2023: The Six special screening as Odyssey 2023’s pre-festival event

February 2023: Hong Ning Special Collection as Odyssey 2023’s pre-festival event

December 2022: Private screenings in 8 cities in China to support Avatar 2’s release 

November 2022: Electric Shadows: the first Chinese film festival in Leicester 

July 2022: Septet: The Story of Hong Kong’s UK Premiere

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

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

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

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


Our success stories

On top of so many other successes, Annabel Bai Jackson has been selected to be the Youth Jury for this year’s Sheffield Documentary Film Festival.

Ehan Shi started his own Chinese film festival brand in London – Ashes of Time Chinese Film Film Festival in collaboration with Genesis Cinema

Shirley Lin started her own Chinese film festival brand in the Lake District – Mint Chinese Film Festival, in collaboration with Keswick Alhambra Cinema.


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.