Odyssey: a Chinese cinema season – 60+ films in 8 curated sections, 10 discussion panels, exclusive Q&As and 4 awards. A not-to-be-missed festival in the UK to celebrate international cinema!

Across the global film industry, the development of film technology in the field of virtual production is revolutionising the production process from preview to release. Examples include such as The Lord of the Rings to the hit series The Mandalorian in recent years. The innovations of film technology, on one hand, bring audiences an extraordinary visual experience, but on the other hand, they also impact pre-production, shooting and post-production to varying degrees, especially in Sino-British co-productions. How the production teams of the two countries can unify technical standards during production becomes a key factor in the success of the collaboration. At the same time, in this post-epidemic era, what problems can virtual production solve? How rapidly is Virtual Production expected to get into wide-scale adoption?What problems are encountered in Sino-British virtual production? How can we overcome these problems? These are the questions that need to be urgently addressed.

The panel will discuss the emerging filmmaking workflow of virtual production, and its technical and creative aspects, in the context of a British-Chinese co-production. We have invited four industry guests, they are: Han Xiaoling (film producer), Jia Guanglei (DNEG (London) VP), Li Ningti (Base (Beijing) VP), ChunLin Mi (CEO of NovaFilm). Combining multiple backgrounds, multi-angle and in-depth analysis of the application of virtual production in co-production films, this forum will provide some practical guidance and different perspectives on the application scenarios and impacts of virtual production in co-productions.

*This forum will be conducted in Chinese and will be broadcast live on CineHello.com. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided by Dr Hiu Man Chan live on Zoom.

Running Order:

  1. Guests’ introduction (5 mins)
  2. Thematic discussion among all guests (60 mins)
  3. Q&A session with the audience (10 mins)

Date: 14 May 2022, Saturday | 08:30 am – 10:00 am BST (15:30-17:00 CN time)

Format: Online Panel Discussion via Tencent Meeting & Zoom

Register your place here. 

*The above link is only for pre-registration, the official registration link will be announced a week before the panel. The official event link will be sent to pre-registered attendees by email.

Host: Nina Han

Film producer, visiting professor and columnist. Known for Forever Young, One Mile Above (aka kora), Joyful Reunion, etc.


Guanglei Jia

DNEG VP, China Business Executive. Known for: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Batman: Dark Knight, Dunkirk, etc.

Ningti Li

Base VP, General manager of Sunac Culture Virtual Production business. Known for The Mandalorian, The Wandering Earth, Detective Chinatown Vol.2, etc.

ChunLin Mi

Chunlin Mi, Founder of Novartis Vision, a member of the Visual Effects Society (VES). He has been engaged in the post-production of film and television for 20 years.

Panel Convenor: Yawen Liu

Yawen Liu is a graduate of the London Film School with a Master’s degree in International Film Business. She has been involved in the production of many films and TV series (A Song For You, Growing Pain), as well as the distribution of some imported films (The Crew, The Dawns Here are Quiet) to China. Yawen serves as producer at the UK-China Film Collab, over the organisation’s Future Talent Programme in 2022. She developed an original feature film project, Love is not Enough, which tells a story about transracial adoption between the United Kingdom and China in a realistic way of narration. 

Contact Information:

Email: yawen.liu@ukchinafilm.uk

WeChat: Kayla_lau_1215 

A Special Thanks:

Co-organiser: CineHello.com

10 Discussion Panels at Odyssey

Industry-focused panels were the highlight of Odyssey. This year we have prepared another 10 new topics – all designed to explore film-related collaborations between the UK and Greater China:

Industry-focused panels were the highlight of Odyssey. This year we have prepared another 10 new topics – all designed to explore film-related collaborations between the UK and Greater China:

Panel 1: TwinFlame: the receptions of British cinema among a Chinese audience

Panel 2: Virtual Production & potential impact on film co-production

Panel 3: Women’s practice in the contemporary Chinese film industry: female film programmers on the rise

Panel 4: Potentials and Obstacles for a 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  

About Odyssey

Odyssey aims to empower a shared appreciation of film, to create an inclusive cinematic experience, and to encourage cross-cultural understanding. From 10th May to 10th June 2022, with more than 40 films in 8 curated sections, 10 panel discussions and many inspiring Q&A sessions, we will bring you a whole month of outstanding and innovative Chinese cinema that promises to illuminate your mind. The festival will not only introduce the latest young Chinese film talents to the UK audience, but also provide forums for professionals to exchange creativity and business ideas.

Odyssey will take place in a hybrid format in 2022. The opening film screening will be hosted in person by our venue partner, the Picturehouse Cinemas, in London and Edinburgh on 10th May with a reception. Most of the programme will be available online for all audiences across the country, and we will also organise several pop-up special cinema screenings throughout. The online festival platform of Odyssey will be powered by Shift 72.



Who is our Headline Sponsor this year? – Your most reliable renting company in London!

Azad Ayub Limited is a multi-national award-winning property management and development company, founded by investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist Azad Ayub who has a background in international civil engineering. The company owns and manages properties in North London and has been providing high-quality houses to its clients for over 30 years. Recently the company’s portfolio has expanded to Spain, Pakistan and the USA.

Apart from his property business, Azad has been generously giving back to society as a reputable philanthropist. He is a keen supporter of some of the most prestigious charities in the UK, including Able Child Africa, Lord Mayor’s Appeal Charity, Television for the Environment (Trustee), Royal Institute (Patron) and many more.

We would like to thank Mr Azad Ayub for his generous support toward our Odyssey journey.


Related Information

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Festival Date: 10th May – 10th June 2022
Format: Offline in London, Edinburgh, and Online via Shift 72
Presented by UK-China Film Collab
Festival Website: odysseychinesecinema.uk
Festival Instagram & Twitter: odysseyccs

For Press Enquiry Please Contact

Liao Zhang

Lead of Public Relations
Email: liao.zhang@ukchinafilm.uk
WeChat: LZ_Gloria