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Notice Regarding "Looking China: Short Documentary Competition"

Editor: Qian Ding 丨CCTV.com

05-14-2018 16:21 BJT

Having run 7 rounds annually since its launch in 2011, "Looking China Youth Film Project" invites young film-makers around the globe to come to China to experience Chinese culture and tell their own stories about the nation via film-making. The program has already had 405 young international filmmakers from 63 universities and 49 countries, who have visited over 20 provinces, produced 404 short documentaries and won 70 awards in China and abroad. In 2014, "Looking China Youth Film Project: Golden Lenses Awards" was established to recognize and reward the excellence of the works by young filmmakers, along with the efforts of the organizations and individuals involved in the program.

"Looking China" is 8 years old now and we have also just held the 4th Golden Lenses Awards, gaining attention from the embassies, partner universities and academia home and abroad, and various social organizations. The "Looking China" Committee hopes to expand the program, as well as "Looking China" as a brand.

Starting in 2018, the committee has decided to set up two public sections in addition to the Golden Lenses Awards to strengthen its brand: "Looking China: Short Documentary Competition" and "Looking China: Essay Competition".

Looking China: Short Documentary Competition

I Eligibility

Open to any documentary film within 30 min, written, directed, and photographed by non-Chinese filmmakers

II Registration Period

April 9, 2018 – September 9, 2018

III Channels of Registration


We’ll get in touch with international students associations and various media organizations and invite celebrated and influential filmmakers overseas or foreign film-making students currently studying in China to participate.

b>Social Media

We'll put out a notice on various social media platforms calling for applicants, including our official website, official WeChat, official Facebook page, etc.

IV Judging Criteria

Uniqueness of perspective in terms of cultural discovery and excellence in terms of artistic presentation

V Jury and Process

a>Preliminary Judgement

Jury consisting of the Committee plus a sub-jury consisting exclusively of young people on behalf of the organizer

b>Final Judgement

Jury consisting of renowned experts and scholars from China and abroad

VI Rewards

Trophy and Certificate, and invitation to the award ceremony. The winners will be promoted by various major media platforms and shown at screening events both in China and overseas.

Please send your short documentary to: lookingchina@bnu.edu.cn to join the competition!

Click "Looking China Youth Film Project" for short documentaries produced.


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