The 20th China (Guangzhou) International Documentary Festival opened on December 4th. The 20th China (Guangzhou) International Documentary Festival, hosted by the State Administration of Radio and Television and the Guangdong Provincial People's Government, hosted by the Guangzhou Municipal People's Government and the Guangdong Provincial Radio and Television Bureau, and implemented by the Guangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, Film and Television, arrived as scheduled from December 4th to 7th. In 2003, the one-week "2003 Guangzhou International Television Documentary Symposium" was held in Guangzhou. 147 documentaries from 13 countries and regions signed up for the competition. Finally, the China documentary "Old Mirror" won the jury prize. This seminar, the first in China, is the beginning of today's China (Guangzhou) International Documentary Festival. In 2023, China (Guangzhou) International Documentary Festival has grown into an international documentary festival with the longest history in China and the largest volume in Asia. This year, there will be 7280 documentaries from 156 countries and regions, nearly 50 times as many as at the beginning of the festival in 2003. Nearly 1,000 institutions and more than 4,000 professionals from home and abroad participated. From constant exploration to breakthrough growth, China (Guangzhou) International Documentary Festival, which celebrates its 20th birthday, has achieved a magnificent turn from documentary academic seminars and conferences to international first-class documentary festivals and exhibitions, becoming an important link in the international documentary industry chain and an important window for cultural exchanges and mutual learning between China and foreign countries. Starting from Guangzhou, embrace the world. In the past 20 years, Guangzhou has witnessed China (Guangzhou).The growing process of the international documentary festival. Every December, many big coffees, experts, practitioners and fans from the documentary industry at home and abroad gather in this "documentary city" to exchange, discuss, evaluate and trade ... and share this cultural feast belonging to documentary people! Be upright and innovative, this year's collection of works is nearly 50 times that of 2003. Dare to be the first and stand on the forefront. In 2003, it was the first time in China, and the first Guangzhou International TV Documentary Symposium and excellent documentary exhibition and broadcasting activities at home and abroad were held in Guangzhou. In 2005, it was the first to introduce the proposal mode with the most market potential in the world. In 2012, China (Guangzhou) International Documentary Festival "Golden Cotton" was established for the first time. In 2016, the first "China Story" international proposal conference was held. In 2020, the proposal of "On the Cloud" was initiated ... The Documentary Festival started in 2003, and it always adheres to the purpose of "recording China and connecting the world" and is committed to promoting the exchanges and cooperation between China and international documentaries. In the past 20 years, China (Guangzhou) International Documentary Festival has developed from a small local event to one of the most influential documentary festivals in Asia and the only national and international documentary festival in China. The number, quality, number of participants and transaction amount of films have been rising. This year's documentary festival attracted 7280 works from 156 countries and regions, nearly 50 times as many as at the beginning of the festival in 2003, covering more than half of the countries and regions in the world. Among them, it includes co-construction3,234 works of "the belt and road initiative" countries. At the same time, the marketing activities of this documentary festival will build a copyright trading platform with full coverage of global documentary program resources and more internationalization and convenience. Data show that up to now, documentary shops have completed copyright transactions for more than 90,000 minutes, and the annual transactions continue to grow steadily, striving to promote China's documentary content to the whole world. Promoting the exchange of civilizations and mutual learning, China (Guangzhou) International Documentary Festival won the "National Cultural Export Key Project" for six consecutive years. In 2022, China (Guangzhou) International Documentary Festival was included in the "14th Five-Year Plan for Cultural Development", and it was the only national professional documentary festival selected. Establishing friendly and cooperative relations with more than 40 internationally renowned documentary festivals, film festivals and related institutions has become an important window for cultural exchanges and mutual learning between China and foreign countries. Over the past 20 years, it has attracted more than 33,000 works to participate in the exhibition, and tens of thousands of international guests attended. Since 2015, China (Guangzhou) International Documentary Festival has successively established partnerships with international documentary festivals and industry organizations such as Venice Film Festival in Italy, Sunshine Documentary Festival in France, Asia Content Industry Summit, and Asian Broadcasting Union, and the "circle of friends" has grown bigger and bigger. China's Old Mirror, China on the Tip of the Tongue, Aerial Photography of China, The Wind Rises in Luoyang; Poland's "There is a girl named Dasha" and "He Kule breaks into the world"; The Czech Republic's Living in Harmony with Seals ... 20 years' history, countless touching documentaries around the world,Start from here, show here, and communicate here. As an international documentary festival, China (Guangzhou) International Documentary Festival is based on its own territory and radiates to the world, providing a platform for domestic and foreign documentary creators to show and communicate, and its authority and popularity are obviously enhanced. The reporter learned from the organizing Committee that there are 6,480 works from overseas in this exhibition, accounting for 89% of the total number of entries; Asia accounted for 41%, the highest among the six continents, followed by Europe, accounting for 33%. Spain, India and Iran rank among the top three in international works. In addition to the increasing number of exhibitors, the quality of the works collected this time has also maintained an upward trend. Oscar-nominated documentary film "Life is Mutual Interest", Berlin International Film Festival "Golden Bear Award" documentary film "Journey of Perseverance", animated documentary film "Morning in Aurora" which won nine international film festival awards, among which many works such as Best Photography and Best Documentary "Between Rains" at Tribeca Film Festival have won awards or been shortlisted in the world's top film festivals. International "big coffees" in the industry will also be present this year. Representatives of six festivals, namely, Sheffield International Documentary Festival, New Zealand Winger Film Festival, Mediterranean European Documentary Market, Dhaka Documentary Proposal Conference, Bangkok International Documentary Festival and Serbian Documentary Filmmakers Association,Senior professionals from the industry development executive of BBC Studios in the UK, the international sales director of American public channel distribution company, the vice president of international sales of French TV station, NHK of Japan Broadcasting Association and KBS of Korea Broadcasting Company will all come to this documentary festival. "China Story" set sail in Guangzhou and set sail for the sea. This year's "China Story International Proposal Conference" collected 235 proposals from 37 countries and regions. Finally, 22 outstanding cases entered the final exhibition and will be directly communicated with international and domestic "decision makers". In 2016, China (Guangzhou) International Documentary Festival opened the "China Story" proposal conference, which joined professional organizations at home and abroad and first-class festivals to promote excellent programs overseas and introduce excellent international programs. Promote international co-production and realize resource sharing in all aspects of domestic and international documentaries. In recent years, the market reputation masterpiece "Great! Teenager, Van Gogh in China, etc., all won the best proposal of "China Story". China (Guangzhou) International Documentary Festival not only promotes the accurate docking of "China Story" with buyers and institutions in Chinese and foreign markets, but also provides a platform for mutual exchange and learning. It will also help "China Story" sail out to sea through "co-production between China and foreign countries" and "co-production", so that the world can understand China. And more high-quality "China stories" will be displayed and bloomed in this documentary festival. Including the work "Wan Li Chihiro", which lasted for 12 years and tells how China's traditional art went to the world with the timeline of Zhang Daqian's life;Shortlisted for the documentary feature film In Shaolin at the Real Film Festival in Nyon, Switzerland; The works focusing on the growth of teenagers, Girls and Horses, Dandelion before the Wind; The works focusing on the fate of women, The Whispering Man and Shanghai Girls; Works full of social and humanistic care, such as Journey on Earth and Water Rebirth me. Many outstanding works, such as the poster of Wan Li Chihiro, Our Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival, Life for the Second Time, Above the Earth, highlight the function of the documentary "National Album" and "Image Records of the Times", and show the magnificent picture of China from the perspectives of promoting Chinese excellent traditional culture, reflecting the people's beautiful life, and the beautiful China with green mountains and green waters. According to the organizing committee, compared with previous years, among the works collected in this documentary festival, director China's topics are more diverse, and high-quality works abound. Why Guangzhou is the city that knows most about documentaries? The atmosphere of watching and filming documentaries here is strong. Guangzhou's open, inclusive and enterprising urban temperament provides an excellent soil for the development of documentary industry. The development and expansion of China (Guangzhou) International Documentary Festival has a great relationship with the audience in Guangzhou. As a brand of China (Guangzhou) International Documentary Festival, Golden Cotton Film Festival took shape in early 2012 and was formally established in 2014. Every December, going to Guangzhou to watch the latest and best-looking documentaries in the world and communicate with domestic and foreign industry masters "Big Coffee" has become a reserved program that documentary fans all over the country are waiting for every year, and it is also the lifestyle of many Guangzhou people.There are not only new and excellent documentaries from all over the world, but also the most professional fans, projection teams and enthusiastic volunteers. Cinemas, libraries, universities, arts and literature spaces, bookstores, everywhere can be the screening places of documentaries. Full venues and hard-to-find tickets have become the high-frequency words of the "Golden Cotton Film Festival" every year, forming a unique documentary viewing culture. Zhang Kun, Deputy Secretary-General of the Organizing Committee of China (Guangzhou) International Documentary Festival, still remembers that in 2020, the classic "Cheap Public Housing" by Frederick Wiseman, a documentary master who won the Oscar Award for Lifetime Achievement, was shown at the Golden Cotton Film Festival, and no one left for more than three hours. Another masterpiece of Wiseman, Boston City Hall, was also premiered in China at the Golden Cotton Film Festival that year. In four and a half hours, Wiseman continued his purely observational shooting technique of "zero interview, zero narration and little soundtrack". Instead of being bored, everyone was absorbed in it. In 2016, the opening film "I Repaired Cultural Relics in the Forbidden City" of the Golden Cotton Film Festival was shown at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. Although the weather was very cold that night, the hall of nearly 2,000 people was packed and it was hard to get a ticket. After the screening, Han Xiao, the director, and other creative artists had a great time communicating with the audience. That cold winter night became warm because of a group of people who love documentaries. "Watching movies through an all-night marathon", citizens are not tired of watching several documentaries in one night. The audience includes China people, foreign students, young people, and many middle-aged people with their children. Zhang Kun said,It is the enthusiasm and dedication of the audience and citizens that have jointly created one beautiful night after another. In the past, the audience in Guangzhou not only loved watching documentaries, but also loved making documentaries. At this documentary festival, 77-year-old Guangzhou citizen Lu Qiping's latest feature film "Talking about Documentary" will be shown at the main venue. Aunt Lu Qiping, known as the "citizen director", is an "old friend" of China (Guangzhou) International Documentary Festival. In 2003, retired Lu Qiping saw the news related to the Documentary Festival in the newspaper and immediately went to the Sapphire Cinema on Huanshi Road to watch the movie. Since then, the documentary has planted a seed in her heart. In Talk about Documentary, Aunt Lu and 85 interviewees from all walks of life are presented to discuss the touching story of documentary. "Since I love this city, I have the responsibility to record it." Lu Qiping once said that being a documentary director at the age of 70 is thanks to Guangzhou. It is the city that gave her the passion for creation and the inspiration for filming. It is the city that provided many public learning resources for the citizens. It is the industry's big coffee and volunteers in this city that gave her selfless care and help, so that she could bloom a dream flower at the age of 70. Realizing the two-wheel drive of cultural undertakings and cultural industries In 2018, a series of documentary "Guangzhou Story", which was directed by Ms. Gu Jun, the official film director of the 29th Olympic Games, appeared at the Golden Cotton Film Festival. Although it was already the last day of the film festival, as soon as the news of the screening of Guangzhou Story came out,The number of places to watch the movie immediately "seconds light", and finally, the organizer temporarily added seats. From the perspective of Guangzhou, a frontier city of reform and opening-up, Guangzhou Story has constructed a panoramic picture of Guangzhou's economic, social and people's livelihood development under the background of reform and opening-up. In recent years, many works, such as Crossing the Maritime Silk Road, Guangfu Chunqiu, Visitors from the Sea and the Power of Wetlands, have won the title of excellent works in China (Guangzhou) International Documentary Festival, which is widely welcomed by the audience. "China (Guangzhou) International Documentary Festival realizes the two-wheel drive of cultural undertakings and cultural industries, and promotes the vigorous development and prosperity of Guangzhou's cultural construction." Liu Yumei, director of Guangzhou Culture, Radio, Film and Television Tourism Bureau, said in response to a reporter's question that after years of accumulation and precipitation, China (Guangzhou) International Documentary Festival has brought multiple positive meanings to the development of cultural undertakings in Guangzhou. First, it provides a new economic growth point; The second is to show the new image of Guangzhou city; The third is to inherit the excellent traditional culture of Lingnan. At present, Guangzhou Nonfiction Image Innovation and Development Center has been established in Guangzhou to explore the expansion of content application scenarios and the diversity of digital works through various forms such as industry research, industry activities, content research and development, and digital science and technology creation. Actively build a "five ones" industrial ecosystem, namely: a documentary festival, a documentary research and exhibition center, a documentary museum, a digital documentary industrial park and a smart audio-visual cloud platform. From entity to cloud, from market to academic, from talent to capital,The whole link covers the documentary industry chain. Reading China (Guangzhou) International Documentary Festival in 2003: Guangzhou held the first Guangzhou International TV Documentary Symposium with the theme of "History and Culture" and the exhibition and broadcasting activities of excellent Chinese and foreign documentaries. 147 films from 13 countries and regions participated in the evaluation. 2004: It was renamed Guangzhou International Documentary Conference, which became the only international documentary trading platform in China at that time. 115 films from 23 countries and regions signed up for the conference. 2011: The conference was officially renamed as "China (Guangzhou) International Documentary Festival". A total of 683 works from 56 countries and regions participated in the evaluation. 2012: China (Guangzhou) International Documentary Festival "Golden Cotton Award" was established for the first time. In 2013, a professional festival was built with six substantive contents: "program evaluation, market trading, industry exchange, professional forum, international training and public exhibition". A total of 38 sub-activities were set up, which attracted 2071 documentaries from 72 countries and regions to participate, resulting in a total documentary transaction contract value of 150 million yuan. 2014: A total of 3,054 documentaries from 85 countries and regions participated in the evaluation, exhibition and broadcasting activities, setting a new record for documentary festivals in Asia. Since then, China (Guangzhou) International Documentary Festival has become the largest documentary festival in Asia. 2016: 4,059 works from 111 countries and regions participated in the exhibition, setting a new Asian record. The first "China Story" international proposal conference.The trade volume of the festival and exhibition reached nearly 400 million yuan. 2017: The number of participants was as high as 3,014, and 4,239 works/episodes from 113 countries and regions participated in the competition. The intentional transaction amount reached by the festival was 519 million yuan. 2018: 4,542 works from 122 countries and regions participated in the exhibition, and the proportion of overseas works reached 54%. The intentional transaction amount reached 862 million yuan. 2019: 3,441 works from 130 countries and regions participated in the exhibition, attracting 695 domestic and foreign industry organizations to participate, and holding 95 professional international forums ... The intentional transaction volume of the festival reached 888 million yuan. 2020: 3,227 works from 126 countries and regions participated in the evaluation. 2022: This documentary festival was held online, but it still attracted 3670 documentaries from 125 countries and regions to participate in the exhibition. 2023: This documentary festival attracted 7280 works from 156 countries and regions to participate in the exhibition.