Odyssey – a Chinese Cinema Season was a hybrid annual film festival dedicated to promoting Chinese-language films in the UK between 10 May and 10 June, presented by the UK-China Film Collab. A new theme has been announced for its 2023 edition next year: “Global Sustainability”.

Odyssey 2022

Odyssey’s mission is to celebrate a shared appreciation of film, an inclusive experience and to inspire cross-cultural understanding. The festival aims to introduce young Chinese film talents to the UK audience each year and provides a shared space for professionals to exchange new ideas.

The a-month-long Odyssey Film Festival in 2022 screened over 60 films in 8 curated sections (online and offline), conducted 10 discussion panels, exclusive Q&As and presented 4 awards. By bringing a series of curated Chinese-language films to the UK, helping them to reach the wider audience and using them to inspire new discussions between the two countries, we believe this has truly been a journey to the West. All the panels and Q&As are now available to catch up on our YouTube channel.

Here is a video which captures our opening film screening & ceremony at Fulham Road Picturehouse in May:

Theme of 2023: “Global Sustainability”

It is our pleasure to announce the theme for Odyssey: a Chinese cinema season’s 2023 edition next year – “Global Sustainability”. This will be the first ever Chinese-language film festival dedicated to such a topic and we are committed to a new exploration. From the film programme’s curation, to discussion panels and to the Q&As, all contents of the festival will aim to contribute a lively debate and discussion about “Global Sustainability”. The theme will closely respond to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).

Goal 1: No Poverty
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
Goal 4: Quality Education
Gold 5: Gender Equality
Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 13: Climate Action
Goal 14: Life Below Water
Goal 15: Life on Land
Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Goal 17: Partnerships for Goals

We look forward to finding the best Chinese-language films as well as international-Chinese co-productions responding to all SDGs above defined by the United Nations.

Odyssey 2023 Head of Film Festival appointed

Teresa Irigoyen-Lopez has been appointed to serve as the Head of Film Festival for the 2023 edition of Odyssey. Teresa has just finished her postgraduate studies from SOAS,  the University of London. Prior this, she also studied energy systems at the University of Cambridge and was a Cohort 2 member of FIBE2 CDT. Her research interests include: urban energy systems, distributed renewables, modeling, machine learning, megacities, geopolitics of the energy transformation, governance, mobility, climate justice, EU-China relations and sinology. Teresa had a rich experience engaging with China as a rising young sinologist. She volunteered at a local Chinese NGO providing services to the migrant community in the city of Kunming which included teaching English, cooking, science, dance, arts and handicrafts lessons. She also designed an English website for the NGO which allowed them to apply for international grants and funds. Besides her extensive experience working with NGO, energy and sustainability, Teresa has expanded her interest into cinema and is ambitious to combine film as a mean of communications for other interested mentioned above.

Odyssey: a Chinese cinema season, presented by UK-China Film Collab.

Festival Website: odysseychinesecinema.uk
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