A poster of A Bite of China (L) and a poster of Masters in Forbidden City (R). [File photo]
In recent years, Chinese documentaries have been catching the world’s attention a lot, including A Bite of China, and Masters in Forbidden City. The documentaries about China produced by foreign organizations also drew much attention at home and abroad, such as Born in China by Disneynature, and the BBC documentary series “Chinese New Year: The Biggest Celebration on Earth”.
In the meantime, China also offers the world a professional and international documentary platform which has been well received by documentary professionals. That’s the Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival (GZDOC).
Edwina Ngao, Vice President & Head of China, A+E Networks Asia pointed out that, “GZDOC has been a window between documentaries of China and the world, through which, impressive Chinese stories and legends are read by people, and an increasing number of international cooperation in terms of making, co-making and venture capital investments between China and other countries are realized.”
“GZDOC was an inspiring meeting with directors and producers form all over the world. Pitching sessions, One-to-One meetings and Coaching sessions and enough time to discuss with everybody,” said Claudia Bucher, Head of THEMA and Geopolitics, ARTE G.E.I.E., “A perfect place to know more about the big and very quickly developing Chinese documentary market and Chinese Television and to screen Chinese documentaries. A good place to come back!”
“Over the last three years, GZDOC has become one of my preferred and the most important documentary events throughout the year: great audience, great atmosphere, and great programmes!” Vice Chairman of EBU Science and Knowledge Experts Group Markus Nikel said at the 2015 GZDOC.
The lanching ceremony of the 2016 GZDOC is held at the Guangzhou Library on the morning of Dec. 13, 2016.[Photo/Organizing Committee of 2016 GZDOC]
The eye-catching 2016 GZDOC is officially inaugurated at the Guangzhou Library on the morning of Dec. 13, 2016. At the lanching ceremony, Shen Haixiong, Head of the Publicity Department of CPC Guangdong Committee, said that Guangdong will take the 2016 GZDOC as an opportunity to learn from the successful experiences of documentary industry at home and abroad, so as to create more quality documentaries and cultivate more documentary professionals of international standing.
This year, GZDOC gathers some of the most influential documentary broadcasting platforms, production companies and issuers such as Discovery, BBC, KBS and NHK, and over 1000 documentary film makers, producers, directors and buyers who have already won many awards such as Oscar, Emmy and Sundance.
With the longest history in China, GZDOC is the only national and international documentary festival with investment, financing and trading function in China, said Lu Zhiqiang, director general of Guangzhou Culture, Radio and TV, Press and Publication Bureau at the welcome reception.