Davis International Film Festival

DIFF, Youth screenplay competition and original film screening premiered on June 30th at the Imperial Academy in Beijing Normal University. Famous director Zhao BaoGang, Zhu ShiMao, Kong Wei and many other film stars, producers and scholars attended this event. Professor Sheldon Lu, Professor Xiaoling Shu and a group of UC Davis attend this event.

The film contest emphasizes the cultural exchange between youths and is targeted at the film, documentary, short film produced by youth. This corresponds with the film contest hosted in US and it is accepting film submission around world. The film festival award ceremony will be held in Davis, California in September.

The film completion is split in two sections: youth screenplay competition and original film screening. Allowed genres include dramas, documentaries, animations and shorts. All submitted material will be reviewed by judges and the creators of chosen films will be invited to America to attend the film festival in California, where they may participate in meet and greets and international film forums. In addition, the winner's screenplay will be recommended to famous film producers.

During the Film festival in september, we will showcase the awarded films. The Award ceremony will be held at Mondavi Center of UC Davis. Many famous Chinese Actors and actress will attend the red carpet event. Please visit our website at davisiff.org or contact us at info@davisiff.org for more information.


The Davis Cross-Cultural Foundation

DCCF was founded in April 2015 as a nonprofit organization (in processing to get 501 c3) dedicated to organize the Davis International Film Festival to promote cultural exchange. This year, the DCCF is hosting the US-China Youth Humanity Film Festival, meant to showcase Chinese film culture and encourage international film collaboration between China and the U.S.

The DCCF is inspired by a story told by Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to the U.S. in 2012 about a link between Davis, California and Guling, China. After the passing of UC Davis Professor Milton Gardner, his wife Elizabeth Garner tried desperately to find his hometown village in the Fujian province of China. President Xi took notice of her plight and connected with Elizabeth to help her visit the village, fulfilling her husband’s last wishes. This touching story spans a century of history and is a testimony to the strength of the friendship between China and the U.S. We decided to start a Davis International Film Festival to coincide with President Xi’s visit to the U.S. this September. Chancellor Linda Katehi of UC Davis will invite President Xi to visit UC Davis and the Davis International Film Festival and will serve as the Master of Ceremonies during the opening ceremony. Our festival partners are the Institute of Media Arts and International Writing Center of Beijing Normal University and the Visual Anthropology Center of China University of Nationalities.


Schedule of
Davis International Film Festival

October 26th

  • 10:00am - 1:00pm

    Central Park Show

    Davis Film forum

  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Red Carpet Ceremony


  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Awarding Ceremony

    for the best of the best

  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm

    After Party

    Let's Celebrate!

  • 19:00 - 21:00

    VIP Dinner

    An Appreciation for the guests


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