Film Schools in the PRC: Professionalization and its Discontents

  • Yomi Braester
Part of the Global Cinema book series (GLOBALCINE)


Practical film education in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is growing fast and has reached, by some indications, a moment of crisis as well as of great potential for development and transformation. In fact, the large number of institutions offering practical training, their rich history, and their diverging approaches cannot be fully covered in a single chapter. Speaking of members of the International Association of Film and Television Schools (CILECT) alone, there are four members in the PRC (not including Hong Kong). An ever-increasing number of universities and schools at the national and provincial levels teach some version of media production, hopping on a bandwagon of student demand, fueled by the explosion of visual media venues.1


Technical Skill Media Market Experimental Video Independent Cinema High Education Entrance 
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