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!

The animation sector in China has been booming for a while, followed by the success of Ne Zha (2019), which grossed over £300 million at the box-office in its domestic market alone. Animation studios around the world are curious about this rising market and have been exploring ways to engage with it. Recent examples of international collaborations include Wish Dragon (2021) and Over the Moon (2021). Animation is considered the most accessible genre for a family oriented audience. What are the potentials for Chinese animation and its international development? What kinds of stories are worth telling and what aesthetics are the best for an international audience to consume?

*This panel will be conducted in both English and Chinese, interchanging.


Panel Rundown:

Intro of each panellist – 3 mins/person
Thematic discussion – 10 mins
Case studies discussion – 10 mins
Q&As with the audience – 10 mins

Date: 3 June 2022, Friday | 13:00-14:00 pm BST (20:00-21:00 pm CN time)

Format: Online Panel Discussion via Zoom

Registration Here.




8 years old. She is a student at the University of Cambridge Primary School. She likes writing, coding, running and playing the piano.


7 years old. A 7-year-old connoisseur of silly cartoons and MineCraft/Call-of-Duty YouTuber videos, he offers his expertise in spotting gems of scintillating ideas from moving pictures. Ted Ed and Kurzgezart are also his favourite channels so you’d better offer a good-laugh-guarantee, preferably as horrible as the Horrible Histories to grab his attention!


6 years old, year 1 student. He can communicate in both Chinese and English. Although he is young, he has his own judgement, he knows his own mind. He likes singing, dancing, reading, sharing his ideas and sharing knowledge with others. He is a sweet boy.


8 years old, year 3 student, brother of Austin. He can communicate in Chinese and English. He has a wide variety of hobbies, such as reading, playing football, painting, playing the piano and drums. He is a warm and kind boy.



Dr Hiu Man Chan

Founder & Director of UK-China Film Collab

Contact: h.m.chan@ukchinafilm.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:

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.



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