Beijing Independent Film Festival cancelled
Organizers are forced to cancel the 11th edition
The Beijing Independent Film Festival with a selection of documentaries, experimental and fiction films should have taken place in the artists' quarter Sung Zhuang from 23 to 31 August. Just recently the organizers around the Film Fund Xianting Li reported that last Sunday the Chinese government has prevented the 11th edition of the most famous independent film festival in China taking place.
According to the festival directors the police took three of the organizers - Xianting Li, Wang Hongwei and Fan Rong - in custody for five hours and forced them to sign a document in which they had to promise not to run the festival. Furthermore the government officials prevented the audience from visiting the festival. The organizers assured the planned films were not particularly critical of the government.
The Beijing Independent Film Festival always suffered from restrictions imposed by the Chinese authorities, which is why in the past the organizers had to change the venues or replace large public events by smaller screenings in private rooms.
For more information check out the UK Guardian report.
The planned programme you can find here.