New York Chinese Film Festival Set for 11/5-7
Join in the celebration as the New York Chinese Film Festival returns for its 4th annual outing of presenting the best in Chinese cinema. The 2013 NYCFF, presented by the Chinese American Arts Council (CAAC) and the Chinese Movie Channel, CCTV-6, will screen 7 new films from Hong Kong & Mainland China over the 3-day event, and will introduce such celebrated filmmakers and performers as Vicky Zhao Wei, Miriam Yeung, Xiubo Wu and Donnie Yen to New York audiences.
The NYCFF Opening Night film, Vicky Zhao Wei's box-office smash So Young will be presented on Tuesday, November 5th at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. The remaining films will be presented on Wednesday, November 6th and on Thursday, November 7th at the AMC Empire 25 on 42nd Street and will be followed by Q&As with talent in attendance. The Closing Night Awards Gala will be held on November 7th, at one of New York's most fashionable venues, Capitale.
The NYCFF is a non-profit organization whose aim is to promote Chinese art and culture through film, while gaining exposure and insight from an American audience. Selected films are chosen to participate because they provoke conversation, compassion, peace and friendship amongst our two great nations, as well as to help Americans gain a better understanding of Chinese Cinema. In essence the NYCFF is the foundation for having constructed a great working relationship between the United States and China.
The NYCFF is produced by Qi Jia, Alan Chow, Kaijie Wang and Kate Lin, and is presented by the highly successful Chinese American Arts Council (CAAC) and the Chinese Movie Channel, CCTV-6. The culture of Chinese Cinema has transformed itself in the past one hundred years becoming a major influential player in International Cinema. Established in 1975, The Chinese American Arts Council has Gone above and beyond, expanding the existence and the culture of the Chinese Community within the city of New York. The CAAC's main objective is to maintain Chinese Heritage both domestically and internationally in the greater New York area. Being the entertainment capital of the world, there is no better place than New York to present and display the latest in Chinese filming to America.
Some of the CAAC's year-round activities include outdoor and indoor performances of modern and traditional Chinese theater, dance, vocal and instrumental concerts. In addition, the CAAC also presents annual exhibitions of Asian American Art. The Council takes their cause a step further by providing assistance to Artists and Organizations in support of their programs. Chinese American Arts Council is supported in part by funds from the National Endowment of the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affair.
The China Movie Channel Programming Center was established in 1995, with its first flagship channel, CCTV-6 having launched on January 1st, 1996. To date it is the only national movie channel in China that reaches over 930 million people. CCTV-6 has consistently ranked at the top in annual ratings and market share of all Chinese TV channels. Over the past ten years, new television programs have been introduced, such as the China Home Cinema and the China Movie Channel, which stretches across Asia, Europe and North America.
The NYCFF has built a platform for internationally promoting Chinese films and with such an impressive film lineup and star-studded group attending, this year is sure to be NYCFF's best festival to date.
"A great director opens our eyes; a great film opens our minds." - The New York Chinese Film Festival Foundation
4TH New York Chinese Film Festival Films:
So Young (Opening Night Presentation at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, 8:00pm) - Directed by Vicky Zhao Wei. So Young is the debut directorial effort of the renowned Chinese actress Vicky Zhao Wei. It is based on the best-selling novel "To Our Youth that is Fading Away" by Xin YiwuIt, adapted by Li Qiang ("The Postmodern Life of My Aunt") and produced by Stanley Kwan. It is a film about the love, joy, and pain of a group of young students in their school days and their harsh confrontation with the realities and a lament on the loss of youth to adulthood. Attending the Festival will be Director Zhao Wei.