The opening ceremony of GZDOC 2017 is held at Guangzhou Library on the morning of Dec. 12. [Photo/Organizing Committee of GZDOC 2017]
GZDOC’s international influence continues to rise
Hosted by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of China, GZDOC is organized by the People’s Government of Guangdong Province and the Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of Guangdong, and undertaken by Guangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, TV, Film, Press and Publication.
After 15 years’ development, GZDOC has grown into the only national documentary festival incorporating investment, financing and trade. It has helped numerous Chinese documentaries to go global and led to a lot of partnerships being forged at home and abroad.
People browse documentaries on the online Docshop via computers at the library. [Photo/Organizing Committee of GZDOC 2017]
In GZDOC 2014, a Chinese documentary titled ‘China’s van Goghs’ caught the attention of Danmark Radio and CBC Television, going into production and presage phases with the two enterprises. As part of the special screenings for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), it was released in Dutch cinemas in 2016. It has also been selected for the final of Golden Kapok Award Competition at the 2017 GZDOC.
Dec. 12 also marks the first gathering of eight international documentary festivals at the 2017 GZDOC. The eight international documentary festival committees, including the Canadian International Documentary Festival, MIPTV, IDFA, and Sheffield International Documentary Festival, will take part in the documentary screening, proposal and pitch, and trading sessions.
Canada Theme Night is held at the 2017 GZDOC on the evening of Dec. 12. [Photo/Organizing Committee of GZDOC 2017]
In addition, more international documentary delegations took part in the festival this year. Eight of these delegations were accompanied by producers, publishers and relevant associations from their respective countries and are hosting theme events during the festival, such as: ‘Polish Night’, ‘Sino-Italian Documentary Roundtable’, ‘Focus on Canada Screening’, ‘Focus on Korea Lunch’.
(Author: Monica Liu; Editor: Simon Haywood)