CIFF 7 was held in October 2010 at the Nanjing University with 52 screenings in 4 locations. In addition, CIFF held two other art exhibitions of photography and video arts, as well as the International Youth Film Summit Forum. CIFF 7 marked CIFF’s attempt to become international.
International Youth Film Summit Forum: Chinese Film & Chinese Imagination in the Next Decade
Date: 24 October 2010
Location: The Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies
Host: Zhou Kai
Han dong (Chairman of Jury)
Independent filmmaker, writer and film critic
Writer，curator, Director of Vitamin Creative Space
Awards and Comments
CIFF Highest Award ----The Old Donkey
The Old Donkey focuses on rural northern China, yet it asks a national question about survival in contemporary Chinese society. The film explores themes of family break-up, environmental degradation, ignorance of the value of life and hopelessness towards the future. Beginning with a simple and ordinary perspective, the film progresses to become an epic story of an old man’s struggle to maintain dignity in the face of a harsh life. Given that the crew was made up of the director’s friends and relatives, the film shows a novel approach to independent filmmaking.
CIFF Award of the Committee----Rivers and My Father
Rivers and My Father manages to connect the memory of three generations through a multi-layered structure and plays with the theme of rivers as flows of memories. The film looks into the past, but it goes beyond temporality and explores the authenticity and meaning of memories through the juxtaposition of temporal frames.
CIFF Best Debut Film----Piercing
Piercing takes a new direction that we call ‘animation neo-realism’. In this animated film’s freedom to shape characters collides with conflicts in contemporary Chinese society, creating a unique liveliness. Though the narrative may be ordinary, the film still reveals the great potential for animation to intervene in reality.