The 2016 China Onscreen Biennial (COB) is the 3rd edition of this multi-city showcase of Chinese film and media arts highlighting the multiplicity of voices, both emerging and established, that has made China arguably the world’s most dynamic film and media environment today.
Curated by film scholars and curators from the COB’s Presenting Partner organizations in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and New York City, this year’s COB program reveals a China of remarkable diversity. The collaborative structure of the COB draws together seemingly disparate fields – academia and the business world, art and entertainment – bringing high-quality cinematic art and dialogue to major urban centers on both coasts. For three weeks, people from a wide variety of personal and professional backgrounds can come together at the COB to celebrate the finest of contemporary and classic Chinese cinema and join discussions with filmmakers, media critics, and scholars.
First launched in 2012 as an initiative of the UCLA Confucius Institute, the China Onscreen Biennial also highlights the many historic and contemporary connections between California and China while also providing a platform for honest educational and cultural engagement between artists and audiences on both sides of the Pacific.