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 will introduce the latest AHRC funded project led by Dr Xiaosong Yang. The “UK-China Research and Innovation Collaboration in Cloud-based Virtual Film Production (UCCVP)” project aims to explore and investigate the status of cloud-based virtual film production in both the UK and China, identifying the key challenges of cross-country remote coordination and developing future strategic plans for UK-China collaborations in the film industry. The project will deliver a thorough market research report to inform and guide research institutes in the UK for future investment in working with China, and build a collaborative network in research and innovation, including beneficiaries in both academic and industrial communities from the two countries.

*This panel will be conducted in English.


Panel Rundown:

Panellists’ Presentation: 15- mins/person
Thematic Discussion: 20 mins
Open Discussion: 10 mins

Date: 9 June 2022, Thursday | 13:00-14:00 BST (20:00-21:00  CN time)

Format: Online Panel Discussion via Zoom

Registration Here.



Dr Xiaosong Yang

Associate Professor, National Centre for Computer Animation, Bournemouth University. Dr Yang has over 30 years’ experience of research, education and professional practice in computer animation, and is passionate to promote technical innovation of AI in media production.  Dr. Yang has rich experiences in managing teams with both artist and technician together, and collaborates closely with companies, like Disney Research, Double Negative, etc. He has produced 90+ peer-reviewed publications including many in prestigious journals and conferences. His work has been well reported by some of the most prestigious international news outlets, including NewScientist and MIT Technology Review. He has secured research grants from the European Commission, Arts and Humanities Research Council, British Academy, Newton Fund, Innovate UK etc. Dr. Yang’s excellent performance has helped NCCA (National Centre for Computer Animation)to win the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in 2011.

Contact Information:

Email: xyang@bournemouth.ac.uk

Dr Pearl Haoqing Wang

Dr Wang is the director of the Centre for Global Corporation and Education Development of USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry (ICCI), and the deputy Director of the Global Communication Research Institute of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. After joining ICCI of Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2016, Dr. Pearl Wang began to focus on virtual content production and started to teach courses ‘VR creative and production’ and ‘Virtual Contents Creative and Applications’. As an exhibition curator, she has been active in organising public exhibitions to promote the public education of creative technology. She is China PI of UK-China AHRC co-research projects ‘Immersive Innovative and Interactive Experiences’ (IIIE) in 2019 and ‘Cloud-based Virtual Film Production’ in 2021. Dr. Wang has also served as a city level entrepreneurship mentor in Shanghai, especially in the cultural and creative industries. She published books about understanding Chinese entrepreneurship.


Dr Hiu Man Chan

Founder & Director of UK-China Film Collab


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
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