Confucius Institute at University of South Carolina Holds 10th International Forum on Chinese Film

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of South Carolina [Time]    2019-10-15 14:02:06 

From October 3rd to 6th, local time, the 10th International Forum on Chinese Film was held in Orlando, Florida, USA. The forum, themed on "Chinese Cinema and World Cinema", was sponsored by the Confucius Institute at the University of South Carolina and co-organized by Beijing Language and Culture University and the Center for Literary Theory and Aesthetics of Shandong University of China. 39 specialists and scholars from more than 20 universities in the United States, Germany, China and other countries attended the forum.

At the opening ceremony, Tan Ye, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of South Carolina, said that the film forum had been successfully held for the 10th time and despite various difficulties ahead, the Confucius Institute at the University of South Carolina would keep striving to build the forum an excellent and high-quality one as an international exchange platform for Chinese films and film scholars.

Ye Tang delivering a speech

During the keynote speech, Professor Chen Xuguang from the School of Arts of Peking University, Professor Shen Dong from the Graduate Institute of Musicology of National Taiwan University, Tan Haozhe, Director of the Center for Literary Theory and Aesthetics of Shandong University, and Professor Lv Suosen from National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts delivered wonderful speeches on their latest research findings.

Of particular note, the film Apprenticeship starring Lv Suosen won the second prize at the Canada China International Film Festival. The film tells a touching story of an opera master who, despite sufferings from throat cancer, is dedicated to passing on his performance skills by apprenticing a potential successor, thought-provokingly revealing the professional dedication upheld by the opera performers that “opera prevails” and various difficulties in inheritance of Chinese opera. In his speech, Professor Lv introduced the conception and creation of the film from both theoretical and practical aspects.

Lv Suosen delivering a keynote speech

The participants watched the film Apprenticeship and held in-depth discussions in terms of plot design, shooting skills, film and television industry and the internationalization of Chinese opera film.

The forum consists of six parallel sessions: Chinese Film & the World, Wu Tianming & His Films, Stage Film, Film &Art, Film & Media, and Film Exchange. Over 30 experts and scholars presented their papers in groups. During the parallel session, the scholars held extensive discussions on diverse topics such as “The New Generation of Directors in Contemporary China”, “Musical Aesthetics in Films”, “Cultural Value Selection in Creation of Chinese Contemporary Films”, “Research on Overseas Dissemination Effects of Chinese Films”, “Stage Film in Chinese Teaching”, and “Overseas Chinese Film Festival”.

Xu Yan, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute in Nürnberg-Erlangen, Germany, shared highlights and experiences with the real case of holding Chinese Film Festival locally, which aroused participants’ interest and resonance.

Xu Yan making an introduction

Young scholars also presented their researches. Some were highly appraised, including “Cultural Space Production and Aesthetic Characteristics of Chinese Films in the Context of Transnationalism”, “Analysis on Trans-cultural Popularization of Wu Tianming’s Films—Modelling on Iranian films”, “From Literature to IP: Research on Adapted Films from the perspective of Comparative Art Studies”, “Production and Dissemination of Series Style in Online Movies” and “Predicaments and Enlightenment of the Development of Chinese Science Fiction Movies with The Wandering Earth As an Example”.

Group photo

This forum provides an academic exchange platform for scholars from Chinese film industry and the circle of Chinese culture and art at home and abroad. It builds a bridge for Chinese films going global and brings Chinese film research in the Confucius Institute at the University of South Carolina to a new stage.

Story by Lu Xiaoxi