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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.

Consultant & Advisor
  • 2018

Ruby CHEN

Consultant

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.

LIAO Chingsong

Advisor

Liao Chingsong , the renowned film editor whose nickname is the“Uncle of New Taiwanese Movies”, started his film journey in 1973, when he at tended Taiwan’s Central Pictures Corporation’s technical training cours e . He has collaborated with eve y heavyweight director in Taiwan for the last 40 years. Liao Chingsong has edited more than 70 films, ranging from Edward Yang’s 《That Day, on the Beach》, to Hou Hsiao-hsien’s 《The time to Live and the Time to Die》, Yee Chin-yen’s《Blue Gate Crossing》, CHENG Wen-tang’s 《Over the Dreamland》, and Wang Song-ge’s 《Half Mirror》. In recent years, many of the films he edited have been nominated in International Film Festivals: 《Port of Call》won the the 10th Asian Film Awards for Best Film Editing and《Tharlo》was nominated for the Golden Rooster and the Hundred Flowers Award. In addition, Liao Qingsong has also been a movie director, with works including 《Be My Lovely Child Again》and《When the Ocean is Blue》. Liao Qing-song received the 2016 Taiwan Literary Award (Film Category) and the 2018 Taiwan Golden Horse Award for a Special Contribution.

Carol Dysinger

Advisor

Carol Dysinger directed the documentary "Camp Victory, Afghanistan," the first in her trilogy about Afghanistan post 9/11. It premiered in competition at South By South West 2010, and played at a numerous festival including MOMA Doc Fortnight, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Movies that Matter at the Hague. It played on Public Television in the States, in Europe and Japan. The second part "One Bullet Afghanistan" is projected for completion in 2016 -- and is supported by Sundance Documentary Institute, NYSCA and Catapult Film Fund. Prior to directing docs, Prof. Dysinger edited many documentaries and features, including "DEADLINE" for Big Mouth Productions (Sundance, and NBC), RAIN for Lola Films, M.Scorsese Executive Producer (Sundance, Venice International) SANTITOS for Springall Pix, John Sayles Exec (Sundance, Guadalajara, San Sebastian) and PUNK (Warners) which was a finalist for a national Emmy. She edited "Rock the Casbah" for the Clash. As a screenwriter in Los Angeles she co-wrote several scripts for Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox and Sam Goldwyn Productions, and A CHRISTMAS STAR with Fred Gwyn and Ed Asner for Disney. She wrote several independent features as well as BURNTOWN for HBO Independent. Her short films screened widely and won many awards, including the Student Academy Award for Best Dramatic, the Hugo Award, and various other s national and international.

Doug Blush

Advisor

Doug Blush is an award-winning director, producer, editor, writer and cinematographer whose recent credits include, as Supervising Editor, Morgan Neville’s theatrical hit 20 Feet From Stardom, winner of the 2014 Oscar for Best Documentary. 20 Feet also brought an ACE Eddie Award win for Best Documentary Editing, and Doug is a current member of the American Cinema Editors. He was Editor and Associate Producer of 2012’s Academy Award nominated and double Emmy Award winning The Invisible War, directed by renowned documentarian Kirby Dick, and worked in both roles with the same team on the new Oscar-shortlisted film The Hunting Ground. His latest film as Supervising Editor, JIM, premiered at Sundance 2016, won the Audience Award, and aired nationwide on HBO in February. His own film Of Two Minds, co-directed with his wife Lisa Klein, is an intimate look at three people living with bipolar disorder that has played across the US and Canada, winning both the 2013 EIC Prism and SAHMSA Voice Awards for excellence in films on mental health issues, and is now in release by Cinedigm on DVD and digital and had a successful run on Netflix. He’s producing and editing a follow-up film with Lisa, The S Word, highlighting the rising activism of suicide survivors against silence and stigma. Other film highlights include editing the crossword-culture hit Wordplay and the Academy Award -shortlisted national debt primer I.O.U.S. A .; editor and co -writer on These Amazing Shadows, an appreciation of the National Film Registry; editor and executive producer on HBO’s Superheroes, tracking the adventures of real life crime-fighters; editor of the Emmy nominated Outrage with director Kirby Dick; the Eugene Jarecki-directed segment of Freakonomics, and the editor of the popular investigative documentary Beer Wars. He has additionally edited, supervised and/or produced over 50 other feature documentaries and TV programs, and has been nominated five times for Best Editing at the Sundance Film Festival. He has also worked as a TV and feature film sound supervisor, as well as an animator for ABC/ Walt Disney Studios, and has shot and edited behind-the- scenes documentaries for major Hollywood features including Independence Day, Dante’s Peak, and Titanic. Doug is a strong advocate of f ilm mentor ship and education and has taught filmmaking for many years, including seminars and classes at USC, UCLA, Syracuse University, Northwestern University, the YoungArts Foundation in Miami, Moviola Digital in Hollywood and Video Symphony in Burbank. Doug and his wife and film partner Lisa Klein own MadPix, Inc, an independent production, post production and film consulting company in Los Angeles.

Hsiaoming HSU

Advisor

In 1991,his feature debut, DUST OF ANGEL (1991) was not only a sensational event in Taiwan, but it was also selected as the closing film of the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 1992. He has since directed acclaimed films and TV series including HEARTBREAK ISLAND, SUMMER AFTERNOON, HOMESICK EYES, ONCE, and LOVE OF MAY.In 1998, Hsiaoming Hsu ser ved as the producer of documentar y UN PORTRAIT DE HOU HSIAO-HSIEN by Olivier Assayas. Since then, he has been producing acclaimed works in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China, including EGG AND STONE (2012 ,Huang Ji, Tiger Award in Rotterdam IFF), AN INACCURATE MEMOIR (2012 ,Yang Shupeng), CHONGQING BLUES (2010 ,Wang Xiaoshuai ,Competition Cannes), COURTHOUSE ON THE HORSEBACK (2006 ,Liu Jie , Best Feature film award Orizzonti in Venice), BLUE GATE CROSSING (2002 ,Yi Zhiyan), BEIJING BICYCLE (2001 ,Wang Xiaoshuai ,Silver Bear award in Berlinale), and BETELNUT BEAUTY (2001 ,Lin Zhengsheng), all being acclaimed at European Film Festivals.

Filmography (Producer) THE FOOLISH BIRD, 2017, Berlinale Generation Special Mention Award EGG AND STONE, 2012, IFFR Tiger Award COURTHOUSE ON THE HORSEBACK, 2006, Venice Horizon Premio Orizzonti BETENUT BEAUT Y, 2001, Berlin Silver Bear for Best Director BEIJING BICYCLE, 2001, Berlin Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize and Best New Actor

2018
  • 2018 Workshop Selected Projects

    Come Dance with Me

    1. Country/Area of Production:China
    2. Language of Dialogue:Chinese
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    4. Director:LIU Yunyi
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    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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    Crossing Kasaya

    1. Country/Area of Production:China
    2. Language of Dialogue:Chinese
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    4. Director:KANG Shiwei
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    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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    Father Christmas

    1. Country/Area of Production:China
    2. Language of Dialogue:Chinese
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    4. Director:HU Jinyan
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    Introduction: This film is an inquiry into the identity of Father Christmas triggered by a Christmas factory.

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    Confucian Dream

    1. Country/Area of Production:China
    2. Language of Dialogue:Chinese
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    4. Director:MI Jie
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    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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