Filmmaker Jia Zhangke, founder of the Pingyao International Film Festival, announced the festival will be taken over by the Pingyao city government. Photo: PYIFF. Filmmaker Jia Zhangke, founder of the Pingyao International Film Festival, announced the festival will be taken over by the Pingyao city government. Photo: PYIFF.
Filmmaker Jia Zhangke, founder of the Pingyao International Film Festival, announced the festival will be taken over by the Pingyao city government. Photo: PYIFF.

Government takeover of independent Chinese film festival fuels fears of loss of autonomy

  • The renowned Pingyao International Film Festival will be run by local government following film director Jia Zhangke’s withdrawal from the event he co-founded
  • Academics warn that government control of the industry leads to less exciting films and festivals

Topic |   Chinese language cinema
Filmmaker Jia Zhangke, founder of the Pingyao International Film Festival, announced the festival will be taken over by the Pingyao city government. Photo: PYIFF. Filmmaker Jia Zhangke, founder of the Pingyao International Film Festival, announced the festival will be taken over by the Pingyao city government. Photo: PYIFF.
Filmmaker Jia Zhangke, founder of the Pingyao International Film Festival, announced the festival will be taken over by the Pingyao city government. Photo: PYIFF.
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