Coming soon: fresh talent, state-of-the-art cinema — and more student mobility...
For the second year in a row, Concordia will host a festival that unites Canadian and Chinese culture around the themes of cinema and technology.
Organized by Canada China Art-Tech in partnership with the university, the 2017 Canada-China International Film Festival (CCIFF) runs from September 23 to 27.
Festival founder Miao Song (PhD 13) is a graduate of Concordia’s Individualized Program and a member of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. She also teaches part-time in the Department of Design and Computation Arts and the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering.
Song’s aim in creating the festival was to foster dialogue between the two nations by connecting people working in the fields of art, technology and digital interactive media, as well as broadening future film markets for producers and distributors.
Her goal this year? To further strengthen cultural exchanges and cooperation.
“The aim of the CCIFF is to promote relationships between Canada and China, but also to provide opportunities for inter-institution projects and student mobility,” she says.
“With our passion for Chinese cinema and our goal of introducing more Canadian films to the Chinese market, we hope that the festival continues to serve artistic industry professionals of both countries.”
From tech innovation to opera
Like traditional film festivals, the CCIFF will feature dozens of screenings including a 3D performance by the China National Peking Opera Company, and The Assassin, which won the Best Director prize at Cannes in 2015.
Unique to the festival is its fusion of entertainment and technology designed to highlight Canadian innovation and new media talent, as well as promote China’s technological development strategy.
Concurrent programming taking place on Concordia’s Sir George Williams Campus includes the Women’s Voice in Film and Television panel, and the Entertainment Technology Summit. Full details are available on the CCIFF website.
A selection of industry leaders, including executives from Cirque du Soleil, Moment Factory, the National Film Board of Canada, Ubisoft, Google VR and more, will speak at the summit on current trends shaping the future of entertainment.
The CCIFF joins the Fantasia International Film Festival, the International Festival of Films on Art and the Festival du nouveau cinéma as university cultural partners.
Concordia is also the home of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema — the largest university-based centre for the study and creation of film in the country.
Find out more about the Canada China International Film Festival.