Odyssey 2024, our annual independent film festival has announced Qi Wu as one of the two Lead Curators for this year’s programme.

Odyssey is a UK based independent film festival engaging with Greater China via a unique theme each year. During the festival period, It showcases over 60 films, hosts discussion panels and exclusive Q&As online and offline across the country in different cities. The theme for 2023 was “Global Sustainability”.

Here is Qi’s introduction:

I graduated with an MA in Film Studies from UCL, earning a Distinction for my work. My dissertation, which focused on architecture in German cinema of the 1920s and 1930s, was recommended for inclusion on the Dean’s List. My research spanned various interests, including architecture, space, food, and film, giving me a broad interdisciplinary perspective on cinema.
My passion for film festivals has led me to work with numerous prestigious events, such as the International Student Film and Video Festival of Beijing Film Academy (ISFVF), Beijing International Film Festival, and FIRST Independent Film Festival in China. Additionally, I have volunteered for several UK festivals, including the BFI London Film Festival and Sheffield DocFest.
Currently, I am an independent filmmaker based in London, actively engaged in creating a documentary that explores the reconnection between food and people. As the Co-Lead Curator of Odyssey 2024, I am excited about this year’s theme, “Food and Travel,” and look forward to exploring the enigmas behind our mundane life on screen together.

You can visit Qi’s website here.

The theme for Odyssey 2024 is “Food and Travel”, following our annual film festival’s innovative spirit in curation, we are the first festival to embrace such theme constructively across all genres. Each year, the festival appoints a new Lead Curator to support young film enthusiasts  to better develop their career in the industry.

Odyssey 2024 has a track record in being an effective platform to achieve our mission in talent development. Shirley Lin, Lead Curator for 2022, launched her own festival brand Mint Chinese Film Festival the year after her experience with us; and Riley Wong, Lead Curator for 2023 is now working as a Programme Office at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Odyssey is committed to supporting more rising talents going forward.

If you have any programe related ideas to be proposed to Odyssey 2024, please do not hesitate to contact him directly: qi.wu@ukchinafilm.uk.