2021FreshPitch

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01 The Wild Street

Type : One-off

Feature length : 90 min

Director : HUANG Wanlu

Producer : ZHANG Yue


CONTENT

Hanzheng Street is a time-honored street. With its geographical advantages, the first small commodity wholesale market in China was formed in the street. However, faced with multiple impacts of the global pandemic and the development of digital economy this wholesale market is experiencing an unprecedented depression. The struggling clothing retailers must figure out ways to survive. The 68-year-old “Big Eyes Little Missy" becomes a popular live streaming e-commerce anchor to boost sales for her own business. At the same time, Peng Yanqing who was born in the 1970s creates a local fashion brand in Wuhan, trying to change the stereotype of Wuhan market.

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02 Look Love-II

Type : One-off/Series

Feature length100 min; 30 min* 4 episodes

Director & Producer :YE Yun

Editing Director & Executive Producer : LIAO Qingsong 


CONTENT

The movie will show two different groups of children, one from a poor mountain village in the countryside, and another having grown up in the international city of Beijing. It will show their growing up from the age of 9 to reaching adulthood at 18, bringing together a long span of time where our group of many protagonists makes the journey from child- to adult hood. And it gives a broad overview from countryside to city life, during 10 years in which China's economic growth and technological development reached unprecedented heights.

At the same time, we see the households, schools and inner worlds of the 5 main characters. Taking a closer look at the challenges and difficulties in life these different individuals have met with. Their stories will reflect common themes of their time and social class.

This will also be a story of migration, moving from the countryside to the city, from China to another country, from the poor to the working class, from the middle class to upper. Whether it's geographically or economically, people will work hard to make that jump to the other, better side. This attitude shows a China that is rapidly developing, where people have huge desires and possibilities, but face equally huge pressure.

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03 The Investors

Type : One-off 

Feature length :70 min 

Director : WANG Xun

Executive Producer : ZHOU Hao


CONTENT

Since 2015, we have been filming the two distinctive investors Wang Zhuowei and Wei Haijun. 

Wang, or Conan as he named himself on internet, is a genius fund manager. His patient and thorough market research led to success. But later, he made several unfruitful speculations, before he remembered why he started in the first place. 

Wei, a middle school teacher living in a small town, makes money by "clipping coupons" in the stock market. It seems that he lost interests in anything else. 

The documentary aims to record the process in which stock investors try to find out rules in the stock market, but are constrained by them instead. Also, we wanted to explore how people define their own value, when they have to constantly adjust their life status in a world of uncertainties.

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04 The Voice of My Hometown

Type : One-off

Feature length : 90min

Director : YANG Jing

Executive Producer : SU Zhigang


CONTENT

From Qing Dynasty (1616-1912) to the 1970s, Chinese Shadow Puppetry was a hit in western Shaanxi countryside. However this traditional art that has been passed on by word of mouth is now on the verge of extinction because the dialect has been forgotten. This documentary focuses on six folk artists of over 70 years old who narrates the stories of three big families specialized in the practice of Shadow Puppetry during a century, including the changes in the family structure and the rules governing the rural life. As time passes by, along with the fragmentation of family structures and the birth of new lives, these artists are attached to their hometown but can not find their way home.


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05 Unconditional Compassion

Type : One-off

Feature length : 90min

Producer : REN Yuan 

Director : GUO Yifei


CONTENT

LIN Guangrang, a young man from Hong Kong made a decision that his family could not understand seven years ago: He left his white-collar life in Hong Kong and set off on a wandering journey to Xizang.

From a white-collar worker in Hong Kong to a photographer in Tibet, the powerful contrast between the two worlds forms a kind of realistic pressure. It was not until he accidentally gave away a photo on his sacred journey to Kang Rinpoch that he picked up his camera again. Carrying on his back the background board printing a photo of the Potala Palace, Lin embarked on a journey of "coming-of-age" seeking self—reconciliation.


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06 The Vagrant Master

Type : One-off

Feature length : 90 min

Director : XU Weichao

                CHEN Weixi


CONTENT

Shen Wei has been a vagrant on streets of Shanghai and made a living by collecting wastes. He soon becomes an internet celebrity after a podcaster posted online a video of Shen Wei taking about Zuo Zhuan, a commentary on the ancient Chinese chronicle Spring and Autumn Annals ragged and unkempt. His fans have fabricated various stories about him and earned him instant fame, saying that “masters are vagrants on the street whereas clowns are in the hall." Since then, his life's trajectory has another bizarre turnaround, just like he was considered mentally ill 26 years ago. When he was forced to return to society, he found himself under the attack of various secular emotions and desires. He had to reconsider what life he really wants. 

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07 Strange Fish

Type : One-off

Feature length : 85 min

Director : Tina XU

Producer : ZHANG Xinwei


CONTENT

After his village was burned down by the Taliban, Sam Ziaee left with Afghanistan his family to become refugees in Iran. At age 13, he put the 120 US dollars saved from working in a fruit warehouse and traveled west through eight countries to arrive in London. Along the way, he ran from the bullets of bandits, nearly suffocated to death during 27 hours in a shipping container, swam to shore after his boat sank in Greece, and slept for a month in the parks of Paris. 

Despite having arrived at his final destination, Sam still cannot forget his perilous journey, and those he left behind. Not having many friends, when I met Sam in London in autumn of 2015, he was eager to tell me his story, and asked me to help him record it. Over these long walks along the River Thames, we grew ever closer. 

Eight years after his journey, Sam received his green card, putting an end to a long chapter of legal uncertainty. Sam decided to return to the sites along his journey: park benches in Paris, shipping docks in Italy, island graveyards in Greece. We traveled backward to revisit the places that made him who he is, in his attempt to remember who he is and the moments that made him, and find new courage to face the future.


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08 Blind Mountaineer

Type : One-off; Series

Feature length : 90 min, 6 episodes*25 minutes

Director : FAN Lixin

Director of Photography : Rocker


CONTENT

ZHANG Hong is an eternal hassler who comes from a poor family and lost his sight when he was only 21-year-old. While his wife aspires to a peaceful life, Zhang Hong keeps trying to be successful in order to prove himself and to bring a better life for his family. Now he works as a blind masseur, a typical work for a disabled person in China, but the 45-year-old family man want to try something not so typical: climbing Mount Everest. By preparing this journey for the past five years he hopes to finally turn his luck around. Physical challenges, lack of financial support, and concerns from family and friends are all dilemmas on the road to his dream.


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09 The Confession of a Mole

Type : One-off

Feature length :90 min

Director : TAN Mo

Producer : LI Shanshan


CONTENT

After seven years’ staying Poland, Mo will spend her first Chinese New Year at home. At the age of 30s, she’s still single. Her mother is worried and implores her to remove the mole under her eyes. Her grandpa pays a visit, but in fact to urge her to get married. Under intense pressure, Mo tries to explore the reasons why she has stayed single for many years; Will a relationship with a younger man bring the hope to her life? The unexpected cancer sparks a deep self-examination to Mo.

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10 A Tibetan Girl Named Zhuo Juema

Type : One-off

Feeature length : 60 min

Producer : BAI Yunsheng 

Director : SUN Hainan


CONTENT

Zhou Juema, a simple, poor 19-year-old Tibetan girl, because of a Tibetan pottery institute, the fate of the child cowherd was completely changed, she not only learned Standard Chinese and cultural knowledge, but also became a Tibetan pottery artist. In November 2021, she logoned herself Tiktok, self-portrait short video introduced the Tibetan-style black pottery of the institute, vividly showing the Yaks, pick up Yak dung, horse riding and other Tibetan life, her smiling face, sunshine, happiness attracted more and more people's attention .Her inner peace and simplicity give many people direct inner inspiration...

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11 2060 A Green Journey

Type : One-off or a 3-episode series, including Food, Consumer, and Wastes

Feature length : 90 min、 3 episodes*45 min

Director : Fei

Producer : Natacha


CONTENT

"2060 A Green Journey" is a Chinese documentary film and 3 part series project, to be made first for the Chinese market and then the international one, inspired by the French box office hit “Demain” directed by Cyril Dion, one of France’s top environmentalists. The film hopes to inspire young Chinese people in just the same way the French film did when released in 2015, with its positive message on how each and every one of us can make a difference with regards to the issue of global warming, starting in China with consumer awareness and empowerment. 

With close to 20% of the world population, what we do, eat, consume and leave behind in China has an incredible impact on all lives on the planet. All this needs to change to reach a carbon neutral emissions.


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12 Made in China:Design and I

Type : Series

Feature length : 6 episodes*35 min

Director :BAI  Lin

Producer : ZHANG Jingkun


CONTENT

Made in China:Design and I is about modern Chinese design and culture in the world. It tells the story of Chinese designers; it shows the complex relationships between consumers and the products; it presents the beauty of the birth of design. The expression technique personifies the design through a “letter” from the designer to the design/product, a “letter” from the consumer to the design/product, and a “letter” from the design/product to the creator. Through confession from every angle, intertextual relationships are formed, the designer’s unique character is displayed and established, the designer’s character story is promoted layer by layer, and the ubiquitous beauty of the design is displayed. (People to People; People to Objects; Objects to People) Each episode highlights a theme, which shows the design philosophy, the reason for the design, or the outlook for the future trend. This film does not define or explain "Made in China", but vividly shows the audience with the ideals of design, the beauty of design, and the trend of Chinese design in the world, leaving the audience with space to thinking what real Chinese design is.


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13 White Horses Running

Type : One-off; 4-episode series

Feature length : 90 min ,4 episodes* 50 min

Chief Director : ZHANG Tongdao

Photographer : LIU Pengfei


CONTENT

This documentary tells an epic about the Baima Ethnic Group that has been called the Baima Tibetans, and they live scattered in the mountainous areas of Pingwu and Jiuzhaigou in Sichuan. The modern anthropology laboratory proves that they are descendants of the Di Ethnic Group and settled in East Asia about 40,000 to 50,000 years ago. After the Chinese government implements the natural forest conservation in the wake of the devastating floods that put Yangtze river at risk in 1998, the Baima Tibetans dependent on logging and hunting in the past generations had to find a new way out and developed the tourism business and entertained tourists with dances to worship the mountain gods. In 2020, another flood led to mudslides, resulting in the complete destruction of their homes. The Baima Tibetans thus have been relocated to towns. Meanwhile, a highway that passes through the Baima Tibetan Area will be opened to traffic in 2022. The local government encourages the protection of the Baima culture. Against this backdrop, how will this ethnic group with oral language but no written language evolve in the context of modern civilization?

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14 Departure

Type : One-off; 3-episode series

Feature length : 90 min、3 episodes* 50 min

Director : Tenzin Sedon

Cinematographer : Jigme Dorje


CONTENT

The mainland Tibet Class provides a new model of Tibetan education that started in 1985. By selecting Tibetan children with the best grades from various regions and sending them to special ethnic schools in the mainland, they can obtain a more advanced education.

In the documentary, a class of students is filmed to showcase the three-year growth of these children in the junior high school. In the course of three years, has the appearance of their hometown and family changed? How do the children perceive themselves and develop the sense of belonging in a collective group? In the absence of parents, the children’s youth passes by quietly.


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15 Our Village

Type : Series

Feature length : 4 episodes* 28 min

Arts Director : LIANG Bibo

Director : SONG Manchao


CONTENT

Based on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China and the revitalization of the countryside, this film deeply analyzes the economic, cultural, social, medical and political changes that Chongquan, an ordinary village, has undergone in the process of adapting to modern civilization. Focus on the real life of the current people in Zhongquan, from the ordinary to find "rural revitalization" touching story. With the well-off from the original, well-off belongs to the people, Xiaokang lit up life, well-off from the value of the struggle throughout the film. Take a piece of land which nourishes life and a group of people who are hard-working to pursue their dreams as the main line, and strive to present the modern "pioneering history" of Chinese peasants in the new period authentically and artistically.

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16 Housekeeping Legend

Type : Series

Feature length : 9 episodes* 15-20 min

Director : LI Jinxiong

Producer : LI Meng


CONTENT

Since 2014, we have been paying attention to housekeeping service workers. Practice and experience are our unique wealth.

We have randomly documented the subsistence and development, homesickness and nostalgia, thoughts, joys and sorrows of ten typical housekeeping service workers in a city. The fates of these ordinary people also mirror the significant changes in history. Although the documentary focuses on the destiny of individuals, it embodies the diversified and vibrant growth of China and indicates tremendous opportunities that urbanization brings to personal development. 


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17 Secret Place of Qilian

Type : Series

Feature length : 4 episodes* 25 min

Director : ZHAO Guopeng


CONTENT

The Qilian Mountains, 800 kilometers long from east to west, 200-400 kilometers wide from north to south, and 4,000-6,000 meters above sea level, are one of the major mountain ranges in western China. in an almost crazy way, four wildlife photographers are running around the Qilian Mountains, among the grasslands, glaciers, rivers and snow-capped mountains, using their cameras to present us with a fascinating and little-known world in this great mountain range. This documentary has the footprints of these photographers, and also the world of the wild lives.

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18 The Migration

Type : One-off; 4-episode series

Feature length : 70 min、4 episodes* 25 min

Director : Faye Lu

                Celyn


CONTENT

“What has changed since you were a child?” This was the question we began asking people in countries we as we travelled, retracing the ancient human migration route, beginning in Ethiopia. Our film is a record of the lessons we learnt from those people about climate change: from the shocking impacts that are already evident, to the powerful grassroots solutions that communities across the world are independently creating.



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19 My Spiritual Home

Type : Series

Feature length : 3 episodes* 30 min

Director : ZHANG Yang (Director)

Photogrepher : SUN Runwei


CONTENT

This is a documentary about "ancient city." The protagonists are not the common cultural symbols and tourist attractions, but the people who live in the ancient city. Language, architecture, folklore, and craftsmanship unfold their features with the aid of independent individuals with rich connotations. These individuals are located in one city and one place. An ancient city provides a space that lives on people. We look for those are constantly marching forward while making their life a part of history and illuminating the journey to a spiritual home in the new era.