An Interview With “Cancelled” Beijing Independent Film Festival Artistic Director Dong Bingfeng

On 11/09/2013 by Site Default

After a handful of English-language publications declared that authorities had “shut down” the Beijing Independent Film Festival (BIFF), many people likely dusted their hands of the matter, thinking censorship had once again triumphed over artistic expression. But as James Hsu discovered more than a week after the festival’s supposed cancellation, BIFF held a successful, albeit quiet, closing ceremony following a full program of screenings and panels.

So what happened? A few days after the closing, I met with artistic director Dong Bingfeng to ask him about that and other issues on censorship, film in China, and independent festivals in the future. Among the highlights:…

http://beijingcream.com/2013/09/film-is-the-most-dangerous-by-bar-interview-with-dong-bingfeng/

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