28 May 2022, Saturday | 13:00 – 14:00 BST via Zoom
Giulia D’Aquila, PhD Candidate in Chinese Studies, Lau China Institute, King’s College London; International Audience Analyst, UK-China Film Collab
Linda Wong, Secretariat, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation
Karma Wangdi, Head of Operations, Television for the Environment
This panel will feature experts from the UK, Finland and China to discuss the importance of global sustainability as a storytelling strategy for the non-Hollywood international films. Environmental sustainability is a topic of global relevance, and one for which international action is needed in order to succeed. This panel will explore the impact that films have in making a social impact and attracting people’s sensibility towards this matter. Moreover, it will highlight the potential of this subject matter in transforming national, culturally bound, or personal stories into international and global ones, as was the case with My Octopus Teacher (2020).
The panel will present different approaches to the theme of sustainability in films, including animation, documentary, short films and comedies, and explore opportunities for the Chinese film industry to dig deeper into this topic for a better distribution of their films worldwide. The discussion will be followed by a live Q&A session where the audience will have a chance to ask their questions.