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Festival chiefs protest Beijing indie fest closure

More than 20 festival heads and programmers have signed a statement in support of the Beijing Independent Film Festival, which was shut down by Chinese authorities last weekend.

The statement expresses deep concern over the closure of the festival and a raid on the offices of the festival’s organiser, the Li Xianting Film Fund, during which the organisation’s complete archives of independent films and related research materials were confiscated.

Signatories to the statement include festival chiefs such as Rotterdam’s Rutger Wolfson, Sydney’s Nashen Moodley, Torino Film Festival’s Emanuela Martini and New York Film Festival’s Kent Jones, along with prominent artistic directors and programmers and the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s programming director Dennis Lim (see full statement and list of signatories below).

The Beijing Independent Film Festival aims to showcase the work of independent Chinese filmmakers, working outside the government-sanctioned mainstream film industry. It was scheduled to hold its 11th edition

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