The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada Partners with TIFF to Present A Century of Chinese Cinema

Vancouver, BC – June 7, 2013 - The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada), through its National Conversation on Asia, announced today that it is partnering with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on its flagship summer program of Chinese film, art and culture called A Century of Chinese Cinema. The program that runs between June 5th and August 13th features over 80 films and discussions with acclaimed cinematic artists from China. It also features an exhibition with two internationally renowned visual artists.

The program is the result of a partnership with the China Film Archive, the Hong Kong Film Archive and the Chinese Taipei Film Archive. The films, including new prints, digital restorations and archival 35mm prints, trace the shared cultural and historical connections between the cinemas of the Mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan and bridge film eras from silent classics to the Golden Age of Shanghai Cinema to voices from the post-Cultural Revolution period and contemporary works. Several films will be premiered for the first time in North America.

APF Canada’s National Conversation on Asia is co-presenting A Century of Chinese Cinema’s ‘Roundtables and Talks’ series of lectures, panels, screenings and discussions which take place from June 7-11. The series offers unique opportunities to hear filmmakers, archivists and scholars in discussion, coupled with screenings of some of the program’s most significant works. Details of the ‘Roundtables and Talks’ series can be found on the NCA website and on the TIFF website ( 

“We are delighted to work with TIFF, one of Canada’s premier cultural institutions, on its unique A Century of Chinese Cinema program,” said Douglas Goold, Director of APF Canada’s National Conversation on Asia. “The series brings together scholars and filmmakers for the first time to discuss some of the most important works in Chinese cinematic history,” he added.


The ‘Roundtables and Talks’ series include:

Higher Learning: 4th and 5th Generation Panel
Friday June 7, 1:00pm

Buried Treasures of Chinese Silent Cinema
Saturday June 8, 12:00pm

Hou Hsiao-Hsien panel following a screening of Dust in the Wind
Sunday June 9, 10:00am

David Bordwell on Motion Emotion: The Art of the Martial Arts Film
Monday June 10, 6:30pm

Bart Testa on Boat People
Tuesday June 11, 6:00pm 



About the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is an independent, not-for-profit think-tank on Canada’s relations with Asia. APF Canada’s National Conversation on Asia is a Canada-wide initiative to get Canadians thinking and talking about what Asia means to Canada. It includes a public education and policy development focus. This initiative is generously supported in part by our Founding Partners: Teck, Shell Canada, Manulife Financial and BMO Financial Group; Founding Sponsors: HSBC Bank Canada and Port Metro Vancouver; and Founding Supporters: Port of Halifax, Fiera Capital, Deloitte, Vancouver Airport Authority, Husky Energy, Canadian Pacific, TELUS, Blakes, Cameco and SNC-Lavalin.

For additional information, please contact:

Trang Nguyen
Communications Manager
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Tel: 604-630-1540

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