Press release:

The 6th Chinese Visual Festival (CVF) will be held in London from 11th – 20th May at King’s College London, BFI Southbank and the Bertha DocHouse screen at Curzon Bloomsbury.

This year’s festival builds on the success of previous editions, again bringing the very best in the cinema and art of the Chinese speaking world to the UK. In 2016, CVF welcomes Cao Fei, one of the most significant and innovative young artists to emerge on the international scene from China.

Cao Fei’s multimedia projects explore the lost dreams of the young Chinese generation and their strategies for escaping reality, mixing social commentary, popular aesthetics, and surrealism.


‘La Town’

Having exhibited and screened to great acclaim at the Tate Modern, the Guggenheim Museum and the Sydney, Moscow, Shanghai, Istanbul and Venice Biennales, Cao Fei will be presenting her latest work ‘La Town’ and taking part in sessions at the BFI Southbank.

The festival has scored another major coup in bringing the remarkable independent filmmaker Yang Lina to London. A trained dancer and stage performer who starred in Jia Zhangke’s ‘Platform’, Yang Lina’s works have won a long list of international awards, earning her recognition as an important female voice in China’s male-dominated film industry.


‘Longing for the Rain’

As well as screening ‘Longing for the Rain’, ‘Home Video’ and ‘The Love Life of Lao An’ and taking part in Q&As, Yang Lina will be embarking on a UK tour.

Panay (Wawa no Cidal)


For the fourth year, CVF is proud to be working with the Cultural Division of the Taipei Representative Office in the UK on our popular Vision Taiwan strand. Vision Taiwan this year sees actor Huang Shang-ho coming to London to present the international award-winning ‘Thanatos, Drunk’, as well as his earlier work ‘Tomorrow Comes Today’.

Aboriginal Taiwanese actress, singer and TV presenter Ado Kaliting Pacidal will attend, hosting a screening of her big screen debut, the moving ‘Panay (Wawa no Cidal)’, and the strand also includes the UK premiere of Tom Lin’s much-praised ‘Zinnia Flower’.

'Zinnia Flower'

‘Zinnia Flower’

Other guests this year include Jin Huaqing, presenting his latest work ‘The Tibetan Girl’ with performer Gongqiu Zhuoma, as well as taking part in a Q&A session about his career; and a collection of young filmmakers from Hong Kong’s Fresh Wave, an important training ground for future directors, screening a selection of shorts from the 2015 competition.

CVF this year will also be giving audiences the chance to catch a number of other impressive films, including Pema Tseden’s Tharlo and Li Luo’s award-winningLi Wen at East Lake’, well as a carefully curated series of independent fiction and documentary films as part of our Contemporary Visions, Ethnic Perspectives and Cinema Comrade LGBTQ strands.

2016 promises to be the biggest and most exciting year yet for Chinese Visual Festival, underlining the festival’s growing reputation as a key event in London’s cultural calendar.

Festival Director James Mudge commented:

“It’s great to be back for our sixth year, and I really think 2016 is our strongest edition yet.”

“As well as all the fantastic premieres and award-winning films we’re giving our audience the rare chance to catch on the big screen, I’m particularly pleased to see a femalefocus in our two Chinese guests Cao Fei and Yang Lina.”

“We’re very privileged to be again working with the Cultural Division of the Taipei Representative Office in the UK on Vision Taiwan, and it’s been great to see the series getting more and more popular each year – Thanatos, Drunk is a real personal favourite, and being able to bring Huang Shang-ho and Ado Kaliting Pacidal to London shows just how the festival has grown.”

“With audiences becoming increasingly curious about the cultures and stories of the Chinese speaking world, our films this year deal with some challenging and intriguing topics, and we’re offering plenty that educates as well as entertains.”Chinese-Visual-Festival-2016

The Chinese Visual Festival has been bringing the best in contemporary Chinese language film and art since 2011, having worked in the past with a long list of distinguished artists and directors including Jia Zhangke, Pema Tseden, Wu Wuna, Zhou Hao, Cao Fei and others.

The festival has been hosted by King’s College London, one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities based in the heart of London, for several years now, with other events being regularly held at the BFI Southbank, the leading repertory cinema in the UK, specialising in seasons of classic, independent and non-English language films, operated by the BFI (British Film Institute), and at the Bertha DocHouse, the UK’s first cinema dedicated solely to documentary films and events.

Tickets for the 2016 Chinese Visual Festival are on sale now. For more details and the full festival schedule, visit