Chinese Visual Festival 2015 – Year ‘V’ [5th]

London Chinese Festivals

CINQ…?!

‘V’…?!

FIVE…?!

Those three all represent the number 5 in their own ways. Together the main letters are C, V & F and therefore also make up the abbreviation of the Chinese Visual Festival.

But why the number 5? Well, the festival is now in its 5th year.

Having connections with a couple of the Pretty Prestigious partners* involved with this festival – not to mention the extravaganza’s ‘main man’ – MMM (and that’s ‘Mini Mini Movie’, obviously… hopefully…) was also privy to a little information himself directly from Mr CVF (I don’t really need to spell that out for you… again… so, I won’t).

What was that information? Essentially, details which will follow in a few lines time, plus some stuff which perhaps isn’t really appropriate for this article.

London Film Festivals

Anyway, without further ado here is the lowdown, via a Press Release (or a certain Official Announcement, and more) on this year’s Chinese filmic festival – and I must say, for those unaware, it’s not solely exclusive to ‘Chinese’ visual documentation.

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“We’re thrilled to officially announce the 2015 Chinese Visual Festival, which takes place 7th – 22nd May at King’s College London, BFI Southbank, Bertha DocHouse and the Chelsea College of Arts. For our fifth edition, the festival welcomes to London s”ome of the most exciting directors currently working in Chinese language cinema and art, showcasing documentary, fiction and experimental video art from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and beyond.”

And more… from their official website (http://www.chinesevisualfestival.org):

“Chinese Visual Festival 2015

Chinese Visual Festival (CVF) is proud to announce its 2015 program, which runs from May 7th – 22nd at King’s College London, with events also being held at the British Film Institute (BFI) Southbank, Bertha DocHouse and Chelsea College of Arts. For its fifth edition, the festival is thrilled to welcome to London some of the most exciting directors currently working in Chinese language cinema, showcasing documentary, fiction and experimental video art from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and beyond.

Highlights include:

• Guest artists Zhang Peili, the father of Chinese Video Art, Wu Xiaohai and Rao Yifan

• Guest directors Gu Tao, Singing Chen, Yee Chih-Yen, Chiayun Wu, Shen Xin

• More than 40 cutting-edge films, including world and UK premieres

• Vision Taiwan strand, featuring the best in independent cinema from Taiwan

• Panel discussions and sessions on queer cinema, Hong Kong Urban Diary and more

• UK tour, including Newcastle, Nottingham and Sussex Universities

Tickets and other information available via their website.

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*Pretty Prestigious Partners / Highly & Hefty Hosts include:

BFI Film Festival

(Can you guess, find or see-straight-away fellow founding member of the LondonAsianFilmSociety amongst all these?  What?  Haven’t you read already that MiniMiniMovies is one of a self selected few who founded this society some time ago…?  Well, self selection or self promotion I’ll shut my’self’ up now!)

A ‘CLOSING’ item?

OK… A trailer for their ‘OPENING’ film…