IDF Workshop

IDF Workshop is aimed to cultivate the emerging documentary talents. This program opens to universities, documentary filmmakers and documentary scholars. Under the theme of“The New Generation of Documentaries” it aims to attract and train more talented Chinese directors and to encourage fascinating stories to develop further. IDF Workshop conducts master classes, tutorials and one-on-one sessions, broadening the horizons of the participants while sharing the experience on documentary by the international filmmakers, inspiring Chinese directors and the local talents from Zhejiang, enhancing the quality and professionalism of Chinese documentaries through the founding of a viable incubator for career development and talent training.

 

IDF Workshop of the 2018 West Lake International Documentary Festival will collaborate with Chinese documentary arts cultural groups, developing resources, cultivating creative talents and promoting harmonious advancement for the Chinese society and the sustainable development of Chinese culture. The IDF Incubation Program is partnered with CNEX, helping to make bridges between international producers and Chinese professionals, and to forge links in education and academia. In this way the Incubation program will discover Chinese stories, showcase China’s landscape and allow Chinese documentaries to bloom on a global stage.

 

The IDF Incubation Program is honored to have an Oscar Award-winning judge, CNEX co-founder Ruby CHEN, to host the workshop, with other mentors including LIAO Ching-song (of New Taiwanese Movies fame), Carol Dysinger (Consultant of The Sundance Institute Documentar y Lab), Douglas Blush(2014 Academy Award Best Feature Documentary Winner) and Hsiao-ming HSU(New Generation Taiwanese Director from the 90s). In the four day event, this team of international mentors will conduct training and advice for the 4 nominated projects. From the approach of narration and editing, with rough editing for the works in progress, group interactions, one-on-one advisory sessions, consulting lectures and project presentation and discussion, the program aims to provide full-package support.

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Consultant & Advisor
  • Ruby CHEN
    Consultant
  • LIAO Chingsong
    Advisor
  • Carol Dysinger
    Advisor
  • Doug Blush
    Advisor
  • Hsiaoming HSU
    Advisor

RUBY CHEN is the Co-founder and CEO of the non-profit CNEX Foundation Limited, the CEO of CNEX Studio. She is also the Senior Advisor of Executive Education of CEIBS (China Europe International Business School). She had been working in McKinsey & Company since 1992, and left as the Director of Leadership Institute in China prior to joining Peking University in its Business School (GSM) as the Executive Director for Executive Education in 2009. With her passion to explore talent, support and promote Chinese documentary films internationally, she is the executive producer for almost 90 documentaries, including the award-winning KJ: music and life, Chinese Mayor, A Young Patriot, Plastic China etc.

She is the Executive supervisor of Chinese Image Visual Industry and Creation Society. Her profession and experience has been recognized by the global. She is also a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), as well as the selection committee of documentary in the Oscars.

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2018  Workshop Selected Projects
Confucian Dream
  • Country/Area of ProductionChina
  • Language of DialogueChinese
  • Runtime-
  • DirectorMI Jie
  • Type of Work-
  • Producer-
Introduction: With society rapidly modernizing around them, many Chinese families now look to ancient traditions to achieve balance in their lives. CONFUCIAN DREAM tells the story of one young mother who decides to seek out the teachings of Confucius to find harmony but nearly tears her family apart as a result. …
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2018  Workshop Selected Projects
Father Christmas
  • Country/Area of ProductionChina
  • Language of DialogueChinese
  • Runtime-
  • DirectorHU Jinyan
  • Type of Work-
  • Producer-
Introduction: This film is an inquiry into the identity of Father Christmas triggered by a Christmas factory.
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2018  Workshop Selected Projects
Crossing Kasaya
  • Country/Area of ProductionChina
  • Language of DialogueChinese
  • Runtime-
  • DirectorKANG Shiwei
  • Type of Work-
  • Producer-
Introduction: A romantic Lama poet, being influenced by materialistic China, chooses to live a secular life and gets married, thus skillfully avoids the disastrous influence of the materialism on religion.
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2018  Workshop Selected Projects
Come Dance with Me
  • Country/Area of ProductionChina
  • Language of DialogueChinese
  • Runtime-
  • DirectorLIU Yunyi
  • Type of Work-
  • Producer-
Introduction: Lai Lai ballroom opens for gay customers only. It has gained its fame in the past two decades among the local gay community. Romantic encounters, separations and reunions, this place has seen it all. In May 2018, this venue was suspended. Nobody knows whether it will ever re-open to those who miss it. …
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