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Past Festivals

​Past Festivals

As our biggest event, the biennial ALULA Film Festival ( formerly known as DC Chinese Film Festival) is a true celebration of contemporary Chinese cinema and multicultural experience. During the one-week festival, you should expect:

  •       Numerous screenings of feature-length and short narrative, documentary, animated and experimental films that are otherwise hard to access.

  •       Meet with filmmakers and scholars to learn about the creative process and culture through after-screening Q&As, panel discussions and mini forums.

  •       Opening night, closing award ceremony and various networking events. Screenings, panels and other events are held in various venues in the D.C. metropolitan area.

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Nov 30 - Dec 3

Alula Film Festival



September 4-7

DC Chinese Film Festival



September 19-25

DC Chinese Film Festival

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September 27-30

DC Chinese Film Festival



September 14-20

Alula Film Festival

Jury Highlights

 Jury Highlights


Director Xie is a world-recognized awarded Chines film director. His film Woman Sesame Oil Maker (1993) shared the Golden Bear award with The Wedding Banquet by Ang Lee in 1993.


An independent Chinese documentary filmmaker and winner of the Taipei Golden Horse Award Best Documentary award in 2014 and 2015 for his films, Cotton (2014) and The Chinese Mayor (2015)


Famous film editor in Taiwan, known as the “Taiwan New Movie Nanny”. He was nominated for Best Editing at the 31st China Golden Rooster Awards in 2017, and Port of Call (2015) won a Best Editing award at the 10th Asian Film Awards in 2016.

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Du Haibin is currently recognized as one of the most active documentary directors in China, known for Along the Railway (2001) and Stone Mountain (2006). His recent documentary A Young Patriot (2015) won the Jury Prize at the Hong Kong International Film Festival.

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Professor of Film and Media Arts at American University. Two-time Academy Awards winner in sound editing. Experienced Film Producer.

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Freer and Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution Curator of Film, Former Juror and Consultant at Numerous International Film Festivals. Expert and Author on Asian Cinema.

Michael Berry is Professor of contemporary Chinese cultural studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests include modern Chinese literature, Chinese cinema, cultural studies, and translation. 

Director Lei Lei got his master’s degree in animation from Tsinghua University. He works as an experimental animation artist with his hands on video arts, painting, installation, music and VJ performance. Starting from 2017, he works in CalAts Experimental Animation program as faculty member. 


Shih-Ching Tsou is a New York City-based filmmaker. She co-wrote, co-directed and co-produced Take Out (2004) with Sean Baker. She also produced Baker's other films Starlet (2012), Tangerine (2015), The Florida Project (2017) and Red Rocket (2021).


Aliza Ma is the head of programming at Metrograph, a new twoscreen arthouse cinema showcasing exclusive premieres and rare archival print screenings in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. She has worked in programming at Museum of the Moving Image in New York, TIFF Cinematheque in Toronto, the American Film Institute Film Festival, and Sundance.

Xie Fei

Zhou Hao

Liao Ching-Sung

Du Haibin

Russell Williams

Tom Vick

Michael Berry

Lei Lei

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Shih-Ching Tsou

Aliza Ma


Peggy Chiao is a film producer, writer and professor. She is considered one of the important figures in shaping New Taiwan Cinema in the 1980s and 1990s and a major force in series. She produced over 20 features, 5 documentaries and 3 televisions.

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Mei Feng is an Associate Professor at Beijing Film Academy, and a director and screenwriter. He became known as a screenwriter while working with Lou Ye on films Summer Palace (2006) and Spring Fever (2009).

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Mei Feng



September 14-20

Alula Film Festival

Special Programs

During our off-year, we host themed retrospective series to showcase classic and under-appreciated repertory Chinese cinema on the big screen. Past retrospective series we have hosted include:

​Special  Programs

  • A Century of Enlightenment– A Chinese Film Century Retrospective Exhibition

  • Riding the Waves – Classic Chinese-language films from the 80s & 90s

  • On Both Sides of Camera - A Women in Film Retrospective

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