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Glasgow Short Podcast: Zhu Rikun

Episode 3

interview by Sarah Adam

Zhu Rikun

Zhu Rikun is an independent film director, producer, and film festival curator. He is the founder and artistic director for Fanhall Films and Fanhall Center for Arts. He produced and distributed several Chinese independent films that significantly contributed to film art in China. He established DOChina – Documentary Film Festival China in 2003, one of the earliest independent film festivals in China. In 2006 he became the co-founder and programme director of Beijing Independent Film Festival. From 2005 to 2010 he was the artistic director for LXT film fund. His first short documentary film 'Cha Fang' ('The Questioning') was finished in 2013 and won the Bill Douglas Award at GSFF14. Zhu Rikun’s first feature length documentary film 'The Dossier' was finished in 2014 and was selected by Locarno Film Festival.

Talking Shorts is delighted to present you to Glasgow Short Film Festival’s brand-new podcast, available here, on the festival's website and on all major podcast platforms.

In the approach to GSFF 2021 the festival will be releasing eleven episodes. Nine episodes feature conversations between the previous winners of the Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film and a member of that year's jury. Glasgow Short Podcast will also bring you a conversation between the curators and some of the filmmakers of the strand Barbed Wire Love: Artists, Filmmakers and their North of Ireland Troubles, and a summary of the whole festival programme, featuring various members of the festival team and their guest curators.

In the latest Glasgow Short Podcast episode, filmmaker Zhu Rikun is in conversation with 2014 juror and German curator Sarah Adam. 'The Questioning' is Zhu's experience of an encounter with the police while visiting activist friends in Xinyu. He turned on his camera when the police knocked on the door of his hotel room. The film won GSFF's 2014 Bill Douglas award.

The podcast is produced by Halina Rifai from Glasgow Podcart and A Sonic Hug, with music by Lewis den Hertog.

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