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Lydia D. Wu

  • Former Research Student

Doctoral Student in Film Studies


Prof. Guy Austin, Dr. Sabrina Q. Yu 

A New Topology for Chinese Independent Film: Chinese Grassroots Film Festivals Network

Since 2001, Chinese independent/grassroots film festivals have proliferated across China such as the Beijing Independent Film Festival, the China Independent Film Festival in Nanjing, the Yunfest in Yunnan and the Harbin New Moon Independent Film Festival.

The advent of grassroots film festivals have created spaces for exhibition and exchange of Chinese indie films which otherwise wouldn’t be seen due to censorship.

My PhD thesis will examine the networking of Chinese grassroots film festivals along with related circulatory entities to see how they facilitate the circulation of Chinese indie films under the current cultural policies in China.

Research Interests

Film festival studies; Film curating; Film production/market and industry; Chinese independent cinema; Postcolonialism; Ethnographic research methods


“How Does It Survive?: The Tenth Beijing Independent Film Festival”, Senses of Cinema, issue 68, 2013

“When We Talk About Feminism at A Film Festival, What Are We Talking About?: The First China Women’s Film Festival”, Senses of Cinema, issue 70, 2014

Published translation work

Co-translated The Personal Camera: Subjective Cinema and Essay Cinema (Laura Roscaroli, 2009) into Chinese. The Chinese version has been published in China in 2014.

Conferences and Presentations

“Postnational Configuration of China Women’s Film Festival”, NECS 2014 Conference in Milano, Italy, June 2014

“Self-Sustainability and Self-Empowerment: Beijing Independent Film Festival - A Film Festival for Filmmakers”, Film Festival Cartographies Symposium in Modena, Italy, November 2014

Film Curating

2012 Beijing Independent Film Festival UK tour

2014 The Tenth Anniversary of China Independent Film Festival UK Celebration website:

Education and Qualification

2003-2007 Beijing Technology and Business University BA in English studies        

2010-2011 Newcastle University MLitt in Film Studies (Merit)

Dissertation title: “Reconstruction of Hong Kong’s Past in Golden Chicken Ι, Golden Chicken II and Mr. Cinema” with distinction