Ten top Chinese directors signed a joint donation of 1 million RMB ($ 155,000) to support new Chinese works and directors at the Pingyao International Film Festival, marking a vote of confidence in the festival’s future as its leadership changes hands.
The directors who contribute to the fund are included in the list of the best Chinese directors, including: Jia Zhangke, Lou Ye, Diao Yinan, Ning Hao, Feng Xiaogang, Guan Hu, Chen Sicheng, Wang Xiaoshuai, Zhang Yibai (“The Longest Night in Shanghai ”), and Cheng Er (“ Lost Times ”).
It will reward one of the shortlisted works in the “Hidden Dragons” section of the festival, dedicated to the second or third films by new Chinese-language directors. The award is intended to go towards the Chinese distribution of the film and the development of the director’s next work.
In the past, the “Hidden Dragons” section has graced Chinese-language films like “Angels Wear White” by Vivian Qu, the “Have a Nice Day” animation, “Wet Season” by Anthony Chen, “Wisdom Tooth” by Liang Ming, “Han Shuai” “Summer Blur” and “Striding Into the Wind” by Wei Shujun.
The fifth edition of the annual festival is scheduled to take place this year from October 12 to 19 in the picturesque, historic town of Pingyao in Shanxi Province, near the hometown of its co-founder, director Jia Zhangke.
Jia unexpectedly left the festival last October, handing over the reins to the Pingyao city government and declaring, “I should have left. [the festival] earlier and began to prepare a new team to take over the festival, so that this festival can get rid of the “shadow of Jia Zhangke”.
In June, however, he said he would in fact return, albeit in a rather murky new role. Editor Lin Xudong is now artistic director.