Calling all amateur filmmakers! Beijing City International School (BCIS) is hosting the fourth annual Flux Film Festival on Saturday, May 9 at the school’s main campus. The festival is still open to submissions from the wider community and the four-person judging panel has just been announced.
The event includes six categories: narrative film, documentary, animation, PSAs/commercials, music videos, and Sweded films. The latter refers to remakes of scenes from existing films. There are four age groups: elementary (K-G5), middle school (G6-8), high school (G9-12), and adults. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 10.
The judges for this year’s festival are Popo Fan, Vicky Mohieddeen, Moxie Peng and Richard Widmer.
Popo Fan is an openly gay filmmaker, writer, and activist whose documentaries include The Good Days and Chinese Closet. A graduate of the Beijing Film Academy, he is also the director of the China Queer Film Festival Tour and the author of Happy Together: A Complete Record of One Hundred Queer Films.
Originally from Scotland, Vicky Mohieddeen is a filmmaker and video editor based in Beijing. Many of you may know her from Electric Shadows, the organization that screens free films on the Bookworm’s rooftop during the warmer months. She is currently the creative projects manager for Koryo Tours, a travel outfit specializing in North Korea. Mohieddeen’s latest project, Enter Pyongyang, has received 4 million views.
Moxie Peng is an independent filmmaker and scriptwriter whose works include Tiger Lily, From Me to We, and Micro Search. His films have been screened at events like the Queer Film Festival Beijing, Asian Cinema Week, and BarCamp Beijing. Currently, Peng produces TV commercials and is working on his next queer film, My 17 Gay Friends.
Richard Widmer is an American documentary filmmaker and artist whose diverse body of work explores artistic practice and cross-cultural narratives. His work has been screened all over the world (including the 2013 Venice Biennale). Widmer has also collaborated with and filmed many Chinese artists.
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