23 June 2013. A small courtyard café near Andingmen, Beijing, is packed to the brim with a colourful bunch of people who have all come to witness the closing ceremony of the sixth Beijing Queer Film Festival. In its 13-year-long history, this is the first time the tenacious festival held its events in the center of Beijing without incurring any government interference.
The Beijing Queer Film Festival was launched in 2001. Since then, it has weathered many a storm to become a major platform for exchange and reflection about queer film in China. The first edition was shut down on the last festival day, the second edition was forced to move from Peking University to the Contemporary Art District 798, and the authorities directly forced the organizers to cancel the fifth edition before it even started. These actions of the authorities speak volumes about their attitude towards freedom of speech.
Full report at Fridae here.