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Jinuo Diao

Understanding the Contemporary Chinese Film Industry from the Perspective of the Transnational Chinese Cinema

Supervised by: Professor Dina Iordanova

My research interests are transnational Chinese cinema and the Chinese film industry. I am working on my PhD thesis on understanding the contemporary Chinese film industry from the perspective of transnational Chinese cinema.  Based on developed theories and research on Transnational Cinema, National Identity, and International and Chinese Film Festival Research, the thesis will analyse the impacts of transnational Chinese cinema on the Chinese film industry. Trends and influences from new media forms such as Internet, digital technologies and television in the contemporary transnational Chinese cinema will also be discussed, and their roles in the Chinese film industry will be investigated.


‘A Brief Analysis of the Trickle-down Effect in the Chinese Film Industry,’ (浅析中国电影产业的 ‘涓滴效应’ in Chinese), New Horizons of Film Creation: Conference Proceeding of the 3rd National Young Scholar Forum of Film Studies. Beijing Film Academy Press, 2017.

‘Films from Asia, attention around the world: 18th Far East Film Festival, Udine,’ NECSUS European Journal of Media Studies, AUP, December 2016. https://necsus-ejms.org/films-from-asia-attention-around-the-world-18th-far-east-film-festival-udine/

‘VR: Opportunities and Challenges’ for Vivereliquido.it, March 2016. http://www.vivereliquido.it/2016/05/22/virtualreality/

‘The Alienation Shot for Labelling a Shot’ for Frames Cinema Journal, Spring, 2016. http://framescinemajournal.com/article/labelling-a-shot/

Conference Papers:

‘Online Film Distribution of the Chinese Film Industry.’13th Annual Postgraduate Film Studies Conference. University of St Andrews. May 3-4, 2018.

‘Internetisation of the Chinese Film Industry – from Perspectives of Film Distribution.’ BAFTSS 6th Annual Conference 2018: Revolution: Politics, Technology, Aesthetics, University of Kent, April 12-13, 2018.

‘Wu Tianming and His Last Masterpiece: Song of the Phoenix.’ Wu Tianming at St Andrews, IGCCC, University of St Andrews, April 9, 2018.

‘Transnational Film Production in the Chinese Film Industry.’ Collaboration and Competition in the Cultural and Creative Industries, USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, June 5-7, 2017.

‘Revitalization of the State-Owned Conglomerate in the Chinese Film Industry.’ Centralized Ownership, Regional Infrastructures: A symposium on the Asian Media Conglomerate, CMII, MA Film Studies Programme, and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, UCL, June 2, 2017.

‘Evolution of the Policy in the Chinese Film Industry.’ PG Conference, St Andrews, April 27-28, 2016.

‘A Brief Analysis of the Trickle-down Effect in the Chinese Film Industry.’ The 3rd National Young Scholar Forum of Film Studies, Beijing Film Academy, November 9-11, 2017.

‘Trans-cultural Practices in Sino-Hollywood Film Cooperation: Still an Inequality?’ The Rest and The West: ‘Rip-off’ or Resourceful Creativity in Global Popular Cinema, IGCCC, University of St Andrews, October 7-8, 2016.

‘The Relationship between National Identity and Transnational Cinema.’ Transnational screens conference: volatility and compounding transnational traffic. De Montfort University, September 15-16, 2016.

‘Apply Artificial Intelligence to Filmmaking.’ Lightning Paper Competition, Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH), June 23, 2016.

‘Under the Profit-push Trend: What is Happening to Production in the Contemporary Chinese Film Industry. Production Studies: Film, Television, and their Industrial Contexts Postgraduate Conference, CATH, Leicester, UK, June 15, 2016.

‘A Brief Introduction: What is Happening to the Chinese Film Industry.’ PG Conference, St Andrews, April 28-29, 2016.

Teaching and tutoring:

FM2002: Film Culture, Theory, Entertainment

Conference Co-organiser:
13th Annual Postgraduate Film Studies Conference, University of St Andrews, May 3-4, 2018.