1st China Onscreen Biennial (COB)

第一届银幕中国双年展 (COB)

2012:  October 13-31, 2012 Los Angeles    |    October 26-11, 2012 Washington, DC

Program Schedule | Ticket Information

Program Catalog (English) | Program Catalog (中文) | Calendar-at-a-Glance

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The UCLA Confucius Institute (CI) is proud to partner with seven distinguished non-profit American film and educational institutions to present the inaugural China Onscreen Biennial (COB). In scope and design, the COB is an unprecedented bicoastal collaboration among American cultural organizations to promote US-China dialogue through the art of film.

Launching citywide in Los Angeles from October 13-31, 2012, with selected programs reprising in the Washington DC area from October 26-November 11, 2012, the COB brings some of the best examples of contemporary Mainland Chinese filmmaking and archival rarities to American audiences, many as North American and US premieres.

The COB program itself can be likened to a journey, led by some of China’s finest filmmakers, through the monumental changes Chinese society has undergone in recent decades. The wide-ranging works on view – encompassing short and feature-length animation, documentaries and narrative films, and works originated for theatrical release and internet viewing as well as art installations – call into question longstanding taxonomies of Chinese cinema, and suggest great flux and transformation in this moment on the Chinese film scene.

And beyond the US media drumbeat of China as simply one humongous economic growth machine, the COB offers a refreshing multiplicity of voices—sometimes in synch, sometimes discordant, but always vital and individual.
– Cheng-Sim Lim, Chief Curator

Affiliated events include the U.S.-China Film Summit and Gala Dinner taking place on October 30th in UCLA's Covel Commons. 

Presented by the UCLA Confucius Institute in partnership with:

Program Sponsors

Mr. Stephen Lesser
Mandarin Plaza
Lois Lambert of Lois Lambert Gallery

Corporate Sponsor

Summit Western Limited
Lois Lambert of Lois Lambert Gallery

The COB is grateful to the China Film Archive for its cooperation:
Fu Hongxing – Director and President
Rao Shuguan – Deputy Director and Deputy President
Liu Dong – Director, International Cooperation Division
Zhao Jing – Program Manager, International Cooperation Division

COB Film Curators
Cheng-Sim Lim – Chief Curator
Bérénice Reynaud – Curatorial Advisor
Ellen Harrington – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Shannon Kelley – UCLA Film & Television Archive
Paul Malcolm – UCLA Film & Television Archive
Tom Vick – Freer and Sackler Galleries
Jonathan Hall – Pomona College

COB Advisory Board
Chen Mei – Researcher, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Robert Chi – Assistant Professor, UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
Peter Loehr – CEO, Legendary East
Sanjay Sood – Faculty Director, Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment and Sports (MEMES), UCLA Anderson School of Management
Bérénice Reynaud – Film Festival Consultant and CalArts Faculty
Robert Rosen – Dean Emeritus, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
Peter Shiao – Founder/CEO, Orb Media Group
Yunxiang Yan – Director, UCLA Center for Chinese Studies and Professor, UCLA Department of Anthropology

Special Thanks:
Ragan Anderson, Steve Anker, Amy Basen, Julia Carnahan, Ed Carter, Jean Chan, Terence Chang, Chen Zhiheng and L'est Films Group, Chow Keung, Alex Chung, Maïté Coyac, Crystal Decker, Sydney Estey Dedell, Deng Jing, Fang Li, Kelly Graml, Isabelle Glachant, Julie Gumpert,Lorenz Helbling, Cheng Hong, Jan-Christopher Horak, ET Hu, Shirley Huang, Vicky Hung, Mayura Jain, Guan Xi, Lynn Lai, Quin Lau, Li Chi and the Music of China Ensemble at UCLA, Li Li, Li Yan, Subi Liang, Martin Lee, Scott Lee, George Lugg, Amita Makdani, Lina Peng, Nina Rao, Erik Siao, Elodie Sobczak, Alexandra Sun, Laura Talsma, Alexi Tan, Wang Chunzi, Sophie Wang, Michael J. Werner, Dongyi Wu, Diana Wyenn, Xu Ying, Cristian Yancey, Yang Na, Yang Yang, Esther Yeung, George Yu, Yu Zi-wei, and Mila Zuo.

UCLA Confucius Institute
Susan Pertel Jain – Executive Director
Zhuang Lailai- Associate Director
Stefanie Adcock – Program Manager, COB Project Manager
Ma Xiaojie - Program Officer
Li Fei - Hanban Volunteer

COB Graphic Designer: Dongyi Wu
COB Publicity: Holly Barnhill Hernandez- Barnhill Consulting

Partner Websites

Los Angeles
UCLA Film & Television Archive |Film at REDCAT Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences | Pomona College
Washington DC
Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution | Confucius Institute at George Mason University | Confucius Institute at the University of MarylandChinatown Business

Sponsor Websites

Asia Society Southern California
Chinatown Business Improvement District
UCLA Center for Chinese Studies
UCLA Center for Global Management (CGM)
UCLA Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment & Sports (MEMES)
Lois Lambert Gallery