Looking China

Looking China is a cultural experience programme sponsored by Huilin Foundation that has been successfully run since 2011 and is receiving increasingly extensive influence both in China and abroad.

In 2018, over 100 participants from 30 different countries, including one student from The University of Manchester, made short documentary films about China through their different international lenses.

This programme has become a significant part of the brand of Beijing Normal University, partner of the Confucius Institute at The University of Manchester, showcasing the enchanting aspects of China and promoting Chinese culture.

Documentaries produced by University of Manchester participants can be watched here:

This programme is offered in conjunction with Beijing Normal University (BNU), the partner university in China for the Confucius Institute.

BNU offers a number of scholarships for Institute and University of Manchester students to attend their short programmes in China.

2019 programme

Applications for 2019 are now open until 15 March. 

Programme dates: 20 June-7 July 2019. 

Location: China (city/region to be confirmed) with the final screening in Beijing. 

Theme: Moments, Seasons and Times

All expenses including international return flights will be fully covered by the programme. 

Eligibility and application process

Applicants must be a student/graduate of The University of Manchester or a student of the Manchester Confucius Institute.

Candidates are also expected to have the technical competence of making short films (including editing) and must submit their previous work as part of the application process.

Please submit your CV and a description of your related experiences on film and video productions to confucius@manchester.ac.uk no later than Friday 15 March 2019. 

Successful candidates will agree to let the Confucius Institute use the short film for non-commercial use such as for the promotion of future programmes and sharing the cultural experience with other organisations.