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Berlin Hosts the First Berlin Chinese Film Festival

The Berlin Chinese Film Festival is Launched with the Aim of Promoting Better Cultural Understanding Between Germans and Chinese People Through Film

March 07th, 2016

After the Berlinale was finished, the Berlin Chinese Film Festival (BCFF) took place at the Babylon cinema in Berlin from the 24th until 27th February. During the international film festival, the Chinese film “Crosscurrent” got a lot of attention and was selected to compete for the Golden Bear.

At the Berlin Chinese Film Festival, a wide range of Chinese movies were shown to the audience, these films ranged from mainstream movies to less well-known ones. It is hard for films from the Chinese film scene to make a name for themselves internationally and ensure they are screened across the world. There are a lot of Chinese filmmakers and media professionals, who actively work on making movies for an international audience. To increase the awareness of Chinese cinematography in Germany, the first Berlin Chinese Film Festival was organized. The organizers of the BCFF are New Century Culture and Ouzhou Shibao. New Century Culture is an organisation responsible for art, media and cultural exchanges between Europe and China. 

The opening ceremony took place on the 24th of February, where the Mayor of Berlin, Mr. Michael Mueller welcomed over 25 film directors. During the BCFF, short films, documentaries and feature films were shown. Some films screened included, “Port of Call”, “Attend Office All Day Long” and “Just Wait For You”. The jury of the festival was made up of German and Chinese media professionals and consisted of ten members, including Robert Thalheim and Zhu Huanhuan. 

The aim off the Berlin Chinese Film Festival is to increase the cultural understanding between the countries and strengthen relations. They want to obtain an understanding, on the basis of a movie. The film festival was open to the general public, so not only Germans attended but also people from many other cultural backgrounds who were visiting or are living in Berlin.


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Candice Domingo, Berlin Global