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Established in 2003, Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, China (referred to as GZDOC) is hosted by the National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) and the People’s Government of Guangdong Province, and operated by Global Raytur International Public Communication Organization. Held in Guangzhou city every December, GZDOC is the only state-level professional platform with documentary financing and trading functions and has become the pioneer in China’s documentary industry, showcasing national industrial policies and international development trends. Dedicated to the documentary festival for 18 years, the festival has turned into a comprehensive cultural event integrating competition, pitching, training, forums, and market.
Having established friendly cooperation with 33 internationally renowned documentary film festivals and institutions so far, GZDOC not only is incorporated into the international documentary market system but has become an integral part of the international documentary industry chain as well as a crucial channel for Chinese cultures to go global. In 2018, 11 national ministries, including the Ministry of Commerce, issued the Notice on the Pilot Experience of Promoting Innovative Development of Service Trade. According to the document, the GZDOC “documentary pitching financing mode” helped Chinese documentary projects win international co-production financing and referrals, effectively promoting “China’s stories” to enter the global market and advancing China’s export of cultural services. It is seen as a great example worthy of sharing with all provinces and cities and becomes the only cultural trade project approved by the State Council replicated nationwide. GZDOC has also been awarded the National Cultural Export Key Project by the Ministry of Commerce, the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Finance, and the National Radio and Television Administration in the year 2013-2022, becoming the only project in Guangdong Province winning the honor for five consecutive sessions.
GZDOC 2021 will be held from December 6th to 9th, 2021, in Guangzhou, China. As the sole national documentary annual event in China, it attracts nearly 1,000 institutions and over 4,000 influential documentary broadcasting media, buyers of production houses, representatives of distribution agencies, and producers from home and abroad here in Guangzhou. The schedule includes Golden Kapok Award Competition, Golden Kapok Screening, Documentary Market Information Exchange and Training, Documentary Industrial Forum, Documentary Project Financing Promotion, Opening Ceremony, Award Ceremony, and Theme Events organized by Consulate-Generals of various countries in Guangzhou as well as domestic documentary broadcasting platforms, etc.