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Li Xianting Film Fund collection of the 9th Beijing Independent Film Festival, 2012

Summary Information

Abstract

The Li Xianting Film Fund Collection of the 9th Beijing Independent Film Festival (栗宪庭电影基金之第九屆北京獨立影像展收藏/栗宪庭电影基金之第九届北京独立影像展收藏) consists of 87 films screened during the film festival in Beijing, August 2012. The films featured at the festival include fictional, documentary, experimental films, and animation. The films emphasize the contemporary subjects and matters.

At a Glance

Bib ID 13494917 View CLIO record
Creator(s)
Title Li Xianting Film Fund collection of the 9th Beijing Independent Film Festival, 2012
Physical Description 7 DVDs (86 digital files (mp4); sound, color; 4 3/4 in. + 1 sheet of title list)
Language(s) English .
Access

This collection is located on site.

Physical DVDs in the collection are available to be requested at the Butler Media Research Coll., Butler Circulation (Non-Circ.).

Unique time-based media items have been reformatted and are (available online / available onsite) via links in the container list.

This collection has no restrictions.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Collection is in 2 series.

Description

Scope and Contents

The Li Xianting Film Fund Collection of the 9th Beijing Independent Film Festival (栗宪庭电影基金之第九屆北京獨立影像展收藏) features 86 films showcased during the film festival in Songzhuang, Beijing, August 2012. The films include fictional, documentary, experimental films, and animation focusing on contemporary subjects and matters. Most films in Chinese with English and Chinese subtitles.

Using the Collection

C. V. Starr East Asian Library

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is located on site.

Physical DVDs in the collection are available to be requested at the Butler Media Research Coll., Butler Circulation (Non-Circ.).

Unique time-based media items have been reformatted and are (available online / available onsite) via links in the container list.

This collection has no restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The C.V. Starr East Asian Library maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Li Xianting Film Fund Collection of the 9th Beijing Independent Film Festival; C. V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University Library.

Existence and Location of Copies

The 7 videodiscs in this collection are reproduction of films exhibited at the 9th Beijing Independent Film Festival.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, C. V. Starr East Asian Library

Processing Information

Inventory prepared and catalog record created by Wei Zhang.

Finding aid created by Yingwen Huang, 2020.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
DVDs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

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Beijing du li ying xiang zhan (9th : 2012 : Songzhuang, Beijing, China) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Documentary films Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Experimental films Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Feature films Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Independent films Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Li Xianting dian ying ji jin (Beijing, China) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Motion pictures -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nonfiction films Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

The 9th Beijing Independent Film Festival (also known as BIFF/第九屆北京獨立影像展收藏/第九届北京独立影像展收藏), organized and supported by the Li Xianting Film Fund, took place in Songzhuang, Beijing (北京宋庄) from 2012 August 18th to August 26th. The film festival featured independent films focusing on contemporary subjects and matters which revealed the realities of the society despite the country's economic progress. The film festival aimed to create and support a sustainable space for independent films. However, the festival attracted government attention and was interrupted by a power outage during its opening day. Despite the interruption, organizers, film makers, and attendees waited patiently and the screening was relocated to the courtyard office to accommodate the film screenings. Further pressure from the authorities were imposed to "end" the festival, which forced organizers to secretly move the festival to an artist's residence in order to finish the programming.

Subsequently in 2013, governmental pressure was imposed on the festival to limit screenings capacity to no more than two people. In 2014, the authorities shut the festival down completely, confiscated the Film Fund's digital assets, and detained and harassed organizers, film makers, and attendees.