The opening ceremony of GZDOC 2017 is held at Guangzhou Library on the morning of Dec. 12. [Photo/Organizing Committee of GZDOC 2017]
2017 Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival (GZDOC 2017) officially opened at Guangzhou Library on the morning of Dec. 12, gathering academics, professionals, institutes and resources from the documentary making industries from home and abroad.
At the opening ceremony, 4K documentary was a hot topic for industry professionals who pushed for more 4K documentary production.
4K documentary format is about to experience a new boost
In October, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of China and the People’s Government of Guangdong Province signed a memorandum with the intent to ‘create an expo featuring 4K contents based on GZDOC’. (Note: 4K resolution, also called 4K, refers to a horizontal screen display resolution to the order of 4,000 pixels.)
People visit the 4K Documentary Exchange Center. [Photo/Organizing Committee of GZDOC 2017]
Therefore, this year’s festival specially established a ‘4K Documentary Exchange Center’ at its main venue Guangzhou Library, and is screening 39 4K documentaries from China and overseas at 26 venues around Guangzhou, including most movie theaters, culture and art centers.
In the meanwhile, the festival has also set up a 4K Section on its online Docshop, working with 170 domestic and overseas distributors to conduct copyright trading of 4K documentaries.
This is the first group in China to begin copyright trading of 4K documentaries. It is going to promote the extensive application of 4K technology, encourage 4K documentary production and to cultivate talent in the industry.
A 4K forum is held at the 2017 GZDOC. [Photo/Organizing Committee of GZDOC 2017]
More 4K forums and classes have been underway at the festival, such as the Master Class ‘From Shooting to Post Production: Uncovering the Whole Process of 4K Production’ held after the opening ceremony, and the Forum ‘Industry Trends and Content Creation in 4K Documentary’ which will be held on the morning of Dec. 13.