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!

This panel discussion will focus on mainland Chinese regional cinema. More and more international scholars have paid attention to Chinese cinema. However, most of their research widely relies on the resources and archives from major Chinese cities, such as Beijing and Shanghai, to represent Chinese cinema as a whole. We would like to expand the scope of the debates around Chinese cinema by not only relying on major cities. Instead, this panel discussion will remind audiences of the diversity of Chinese cinema by tracing the history and development of different regional expressions in films, especially those regions that have been often neglected. 

In this panel discussion, we will touch upon the history of Chinese regional cinema research and consider multiple waves that  emerged in contemporary Chinese cinema with strong regional elements, from the Northeastern to the Southern new waves. Furthermore, we will explore whether these waves can reflect different directors’ identities within their hometowns. Questions that will be discussed include: “How do we interpret regional expressions? What constitutes the locality of mainland Chinese cinema, from local dialects, sceneries, memories, and unique cultures?”

*This panel will be conducted in English.

Panel Rundown:

  1. Individual presentation by the panellist: 20 mins
  2. Thematic discussion: 25 mins
  3. Q&A: 15 mins

Date: 27 May 2022, Friday | 13:00-14:00 pm BST (20:00-21:00 pm CN time)

Format: Online Panel Discussion via Zoom

Registration here

Speaker: Dr. Zhaoyu Zhu

Dr. Zhaoyu Zhu is currently a Teaching Fellow in Communication and Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. He gained his Ph.D. in King’s College London with research interests in Chinese film and media, especially in the history of film technology in China.






Convenor: Jiakai Nie

Jiakai Nie (Franklin) is the Research Specialist for Regional Cinema in UK-China Film Collab and also serves as the Head of Festival (Odyssey: a Chinese cinema season). Jiakai is currently a postgraduate student in Film Studies at the University College London. His recent work has been published by Senses of Cinema.

Contact Information:

Email: jiakai.nie@ukchinafilm.uk




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:

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

Panel 2: A new exploration of UK-China co-production film

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  

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 60 films in 8 curated sections, 10 panel discussions and many inspiring Q&A sessions, we aim to bring you a whole month of outstanding and innovative Chinese cinema that promises to illuminate your mind. The festival not only introduces the latest young Chinese film talents to the UK audience, but also provide forums for professionals to exchange creativity and business ideas.



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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.

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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
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