Odyssey – a Chinese Cinema Season is a new hybrid annual film festival dedicated to promoting Chinese-language films in the UK, presented by the UK-China Film Collab. Its 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.

A month-long Odyssey Film Festival in 2022 finally came to an end this week. Over the past 6 months, with the concerted efforts of the organising committee members and many volunteers, this year’s Odyssey has brought new Chinese films to the UK audience on a wide range of subjects, through 60+ films in 8 curated sections, 10 discussion panels, exclusive Q&As and 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.

This year, we have received volunteer applications from more than 30 universities around the world. After a series of intensive selection and interviews, a total of 37 outstanding volunteers have been selected to join the Odyssey. They are all passionate about Chinese films and cross-cultural communication and are willing to contribute to the promotion of Chinese films in the UK. Thanks to the participation and dedication of every volunteer in the past 6 months, and hope to see you next year!


The following is a list of Odyssey’s volunteers in each department:

Curation Team:

Assistant Curator: Annabel Bai Jackson (University of Oxford)

Assistant Curator: Clara Chen (University of Edinburgh)

Assistant Curator: Qi Wang (University of Edinburgh)

Assistant Curator: Vicky Yan (University of Edinburgh)

Assistant Curator: Zoe He (University of Edinburgh)

Assistant Curator: Olivia Hua (University of Edinburgh)

Assistant Curator: Eddy Liu (University of Edinburgh)

Assistant Curator: Ricky Yang (University of Edinburgh)

Assistant Curator: Syun Li (University of Amsterdam)


Marketing Team:

Marketing Assistant: Fei Jin (University of Bristol)

Marketing Assistant: Roxane (University of Edinburgh)

Marketing Assistant: Xiaolin Chen (De Montfort University)

Marketing Assisstant: Elena Liang (De Montfort University)

Marketing Assistant: Jinhan Lu (University for the Creative Arts)

Marketing Assistant: Jian He (Guangdong University of Technology)

Marketing Assistant: Jingxin Pan (King’s College London)

Marketing Assistant: Jenny Yu (University of Westminster)


Operations Team:

Operations Assistant: Szymon Grochal (University of Hertfordshire)

Operations Assistant: Huilan Qi (University of Edinburgh)

Operations Assistant: Zijin Wang (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Operations Assistant: Mengxi Chen (University of Westminster)

Operations Assistant: Xinru Lin (De Montfort University) 

Operations Assistant: Kang Zheng (University College London)


Public Relations Team:

PR Assistant: Xinxin Li (Liaoning University)

PR Assistant: Xuan Li (King’s College London)

PR Assistant: Yeyun Zhou (University of Edinburgh)

PR Assistant: Zipai Yang (University of Edinburgh)

PR Assistant: Yiri Zhu (London Film School)

PR Assistant: Yuqi Tang (University of Cambridge)

PR Assistant: Annabel Bai Jackson (University of Oxford)

PR Assistant: Chenxi Wei (University College London)

PR Assistant: Tom Whitbread (University of Sheffield)

PR Assistant: Yiwen Ma (King’s College London)

PR Assistant: Xiaoran Zhang (University of Nottingham)

PR Assistant: Chang Liu (King’s College London)

PR Assistant: Joseph Zhou (University of Cambridge)

PR Assistant: Xiaolian Qiu (University of Sheffield)


Design Team:

Assistant Designer: Meiqi Liu (De Montfort University)

Assistant Designer: Xiaolin Chen (De Montfort University)




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

Keep yourself updated with our upcoming exciting programme announcements by following our social media accounts!

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