Yixiang Lin (Shirley) from the University of Edinburgh was selected to join UK-China Film Collab as a member via the organisation’s Future Talent Programme 2021-2022.

Here is Sherlly’s introduction to herself and her project for this year:

“My academic background is interdisciplinary. Graduated from LUISS University in Italy with a degree in Political Science, I researched film curatorship and gender politics. Currently I am studying MSc Film, Exhibition, and Curation at the University of Edinburgh. I would like to use this opportunity to develop new curating methodologies.

Career-wise, I am eager to engage with the international film industry, to present new talents and their films to the broadest audience.

I enjoy meeting new friends at film festivals around the world. This is a joy for me, which also brings me a life-changing experience. My curatorial focus includes but is not limited to female representation, gender equality and identity. I am passionate about cinema and cultural communication and hope to facilitate an individualised perspective to reflect on our world through film exhibitions. I am also fascinated by Contemporary art and inter-media.  I am open to  collaborate with like-minded people and to explore various forms of moving images presentation.

The project that I proposed for UCFC is to improve the next edition of Chinese Cinema Season. I would like to curate 3 themed sessions, focusing on female representation and cross-cultural encounters.”

Sherlly served as the Lead Curator for Odyssey: a Chinese cinema season 2022, an annual film festival presented by UK-China Film Collab.


After our one year training programme at UCFC, Sherlly launched her own Chinese festival brand MINT in collaboration with Keswick Alhambra Cinema in Funerary 2023.