Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival (PYIFF) was initiated by Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke and prestigious festival director Marco Müller. The inaugural edition of PYIFF will take place between October 28th to November 4th, 2017. Held in the magnificent ancient city of Pingyao, PYIFF will celebrate the latest achievements in international cinema, as well as promoting works from young Chinese directors.
With director Ang Lee's special authorization, PYIFF is named with a nod to his film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - the success of that remarkable film will urge us to be as vibrant and relevant as possible. PYIFF aims to become a professional platform to showcase exceptional films and outstanding filmmakers. We are aiming for quality rather than quantity, so PYIFF will be a "boutique festival": modest in scale, but with ambitious aspirations.
Our location, a city that enjoys 2,700 years of history, lends itself to fostering connections between past, present and future, and to encouraging dialogue between Western and non-Western film communities. We want to reach out to Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, other Asian countries - to places that are less well known to the Chinese public.
We will be paying special attention to new work by young directors, providing a platform for films that are creative, imaginative and powerful.
PYIFF has drawn together an impressive group of experienced consultants around the world who will work rigorously and responsibly to select films of the very highest quality. Our aims include a desire to see filmmakers and audiences receive the respect that they deserve. By supporting young directors' growth, we hope to inject new blood into the Chinese film industry. We would also like to see more communication and cooperation between Chinese and international filmmakers to provide more possibilities to the Chinese film industry.
From these foundations, PYIFF can become one of the world's most anticipated, professional and creative festivals.
Jia Zhang-Ke /
Jia Zhang-ke, Chinese director, writer, producer, born in 1970 in Fenyang, Shanxi Province of China, attended the Beijing Film Academy in 1993. He has directed eleven feature-length films and numerous short films since 1998. His major works include Xiao Wu (1998), Platform (2000), In Public (2001), Unknown Pleasures (2002), The World (2004), Dong (2006), Still Life (2006), Useless (2007), 24 City (2008), I Wish I Knew (2010), A Touch of Sin (2013), and Mountains May Depart (2015).
In 1998, Jia's debut feature film, Xiao Wu, won the International Forum of New Cinema at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2006, his Still Life received the Golden Lion Award at the 63rd Venice International Film. And in 2013, A Touch of Sin, won the award for Best Screenplay at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival.
In 2010, Jia received the Leopard of Honor of the 63rd Locarno Festival. In 2015, he was awarded the Carrosse d' Or during the 68th Cannes International Film Festival.
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Marco Müller started working as a festival programmer in 1978. He was consultant for Asian cinema at the Venice Film Festival from 1981 to 1995. His first job as festival director was “Ombre elettriche” (Electric Shadows) in Turin in 1981, the largest-scale retrospective of Chinese cinema to have been organized in the West. Subsequently he was director of the festivals of Pesaro (1982-1989), Rotterdam (1989-1991) and Locarno (1992-2000). From 2004 to 2011 he was director of the Venice Film Festival (the longest term ever in the history of the festival). Later he served as festival director of the Rome Film Festival from 2012 to 2014. In 2015 he was the General Advisor/Curator of the Official Selection to the Beijing Film Festival and the Director of Programming to the Fuzhou Silk Road Film Festival.
In addition to his career as festival director, Müller is also an internationally known film scholar. He holds the chair of Styles and Techniques of Cinema at the Academy of Architecture (Lugano USI University). He is a director and writer of documentaries about cinema (Chinese cinema in particular), an author of books about world cinema, and a regular contributor to magazines and other film media.
Müller has also produced and co-produced 14 features that include award-winning movies (Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, top-tier honours in Cannes and Venice) from China, Bosnia, Turkey, Iran, Russia and Central Asia, Brazil, Italy – and also short-films and documentaries.
Müller is the recipient of the Award of Honour from the Chinese government, and has received other similar prestigious awards in 9 different countries.
Wang Huaiyu, a designer, an architect and an artist who was born in Pingyao, Shanxi in 1969. He graduated from the faculty of fine arts, second oil painting studio, at Shanxi University in 1996. He started teaching at the university in the same year then began his master degree in design at China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2000 with a focus on architecture and environmental art design. His current roles are Dean and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Art and City Design at Shanxi University. Wang's main works are The Ancient city of Kelan city design, Pingyao New Street of Impression commercial street architectural design, The Wangs Courtyard Chongning Castle building renovation, and the interior design of Yun Jin Cheng and Qi Lin Ge hotels. Among many of his creations, his device work on The City Ruins was included in the Annual of Contemporary Art of China in 2013. He also published many articles and the book The Regeneration Space of Historic Buildings. He obtained several awards from both national and international competitions. He also won Golden Sheep Award Chinese top ten interior designer award. In 2010, he created GHAD Co.,LTD and a design team that completed at least 30 community projects, with designing fields encompassing planning, building, landscaping and interior design. Wang started his involvement in the filming industry in 1995 as the art director for Xiao Shan Goes Home and is now the co-founder of Pingyao International Film Exhibition.