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At a Glance
Collection is in 2 series.
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.
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
Inventory prepared and catalog record created by Wei Zhang.
Finding aid created by Yingwen Huang, 2020.
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.