Chinese In Entertainment (“CIE”)

Chinese In Entertainment (“CIE”)

CIE was established in 2017 and has since been run by passionate individuals on a pro-bono basis. At its inception, CIE has always meant to be multicultural - our focus is on Chinese culture and heritage from all around the world. Thus, our team composition truly represents that identity, with

Chinese In Entertainment (“CIE”)

CIE was established in 2017 and has since been run by passionate individuals on a pro-bono basis. At its inception, CIE has always meant to be multicultural - our focus is on Chinese culture and heritage from all around the world. Thus, our team composition truly represents that identity, with almost all members at least bilingual and bicultural, a rare feat indeed. Today, we stand at 130+ volunteers - writers, producers, directors, event planners, marketing experts, graphic designers, business development professionals and students. We have maintained high volunteer retention rates year over year and have a proven record of achieving our goals, despite being volunteer-based. We have achieved the following milestones since the inception of CIE: 120+ online & offline events (talks, mixers, pitch sessions) with an average attendance of 80+ per event. LACFFSC – 241 script submissions in both Chinese and English from 15+ regions around the world. A total of $10,600 prize money was given out to 6 award winners. LACFFSC Summit – Over 300 attendees participated in this 3-day online festivities that included 20+ film screenings. Writer’s Workshop – 130+ active members workshopped over 50+ scripts. Our screenplay library exceeds 300 classic scripts for members to access. Part of our success is due to our outstanding board. We have 9 accomplished Board members spanning diverse backgrounds, including cross-border producers and directors, marketing executives, an entertainment lawyer, and a management strategist. Beyond the core team, we have also built an extensive network of strategic partners across the industry (including VFX artists, writers, studio execs, etc.) and have forged partnerships with other non-profits such as Asia Society, CAPE, and Asian World Film Festival, etc. Our mission is tough but our team is passionate and our board advisors are accomplished, not to mention a wider support network of experienced professionals and like-minded non-profits willing to advance our cause.

About the Organization:

CIE was established in 2017 and has since been run by passionate individuals on a pro-bono basis. At its inception, CIE has always meant to be multicultural - our focus is on Chinese culture and heritage from all around the world. Thus, our team composition truly represents that identity, with almost all members at least bilingual and bicultural, a rare feat indeed. Today, we stand at 130+ volunteers - writers, producers, directors, event planners, marketing experts, graphic designers, business development professionals and students. We have maintained high volunteer retention rates year over year and have a proven record of achieving our goals, despite being volunteer-based. We have achieved the following milestones since the inception of CIE: 120+ online & offline events (talks, mixers, pitch sessions) with an average attendance of 80+ per event. LACFFSC – 241 script submissions in both Chinese and English from 15+ regions around the world. A total of $10,600 prize money was given out to 6 award winners. LACFFSC Summit – Over 300 attendees participated in this 3-day online festivities that included 20+ film screenings. Writer’s Workshop – 130+ active members workshopped over 50+ scripts. Our screenplay library exceeds 300 classic scripts for members to access. Part of our success is due to our outstanding board. We have 9 accomplished Board members spanning diverse backgrounds, including cross-border producers and directors, marketing executives, an entertainment lawyer, and a management strategist. Beyond the core team, we have also built an extensive network of strategic partners across the industry (including VFX artists, writers, studio execs, etc.) and have forged partnerships with other non-profits such as Asia Society, CAPE, and Asian World Film Festival, etc. Our mission is tough but our team is passionate and our board advisors are accomplished, not to mention a wider support network of experienced professionals and like-minded non-profits willing to advance our cause.

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organizational budget

$0 - $50,000

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

National • Alabama • Alaska • Arizona • Arkansas • California • Colorado • Connecticut • Delaware • District of Columbia • Florida • Georgia • Hawaii • Idaho • Illinois • Indiana • Iowa • Kansas • Kentucky • Louisiana • Maine • Maryland • Massachusetts • Michigan • Minnesota • Mississippi • Missouri • Montana • Nebraska • Nevada • New Hampshire • New Jersey • New Mexico • New York • North Carolina • North Dakota • Ohio • Oklahoma • Oregon • Pennsylvania • Puerto Rico • Rhode Island • South Carolina • South Dakota • Tennessee • Texas • Utah • Vermont • Virginia • Washington • West Virginia • Wisconsin • Wyoming

The Issue:

While often dismissed as mere entertainment, Film and TV are important windows to understand lives different than our own and critical mirrors to reflect the society we live in. Despite being over 7% of America, or over 18 million people, less than 2% of writers in the WGA and 3% of leads in shows are of Asian descent. This leads to limited representation or, sometimes worse, misrepresentation, a caricature of our true selves. Without genuine stories, we are voiceless and dehumanized. In the wake of rising anti-Chinese sentiment due to COVID and geopolitical tensions, those of us of Chinese descent suffer the attacks of racism, bigotry, and outright violence. In 2021 alone, Asian hate crimes grew to over 10,000 (reported), but the stories on screen that humanize us are still just a rounding error. This lack of stories isn’t due to a lack of talent but due to a lack of opportunity. From a lack of industry resources, access to decision-makers, network of mentors and champions, as well as to existing stereotypes and bamboo ceilings. Promoting diverse and culturally authentic stories is one of the best vehicles to cultivate empathy across different groups. With 5,000+ years of poems, songs, folktales, and human connections to draw from, Chinese culture has a wealth of diverse voices and amazing stories to share. As proud members of the AAPI community, CIE aims to empower those voices through educational resources (both business and creative) and connect them with a network of industry leaders. The time to act is now. Despite a wave of Asian hate crimes and coordinated media bias against China, in economic and cultural terms, there is a typhoon that uplifts all of us. The success of Parasite, Squid Game , and BTS has increased interest, understanding, and improved perceptions of Koreans across the world. To dispel the model minority myths and crazy rich Asian stereotypes and balance the unceasing, anti-Chinese stories, we want to encourage the number of Chinese voices and unlock more diverse and humanizing stories to counter hate, build understanding, and unite us as humans.

The Solution:

CIE cultivates audiences and nurtures creators, focusing on stories centering around Chinese culture and heritage from all around the world. Our flagship event is the Los Angeles Chinese Film Festival (“LACFF”). Over the past 3 years, we promoted 1,500+ submissions, of which, many nominees and winners have gone on to receive accolades from the Oscars, Sundance, and Berlin, etc. Several LACFF award winners, such as King of Peking and People's Republic of Desire were later distributed to Netflix, Amazon, and PBS. 2019 LACFF’s Award winner, Sister , directed by Siqi Song, was nominated for the 92nd Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Our reach is broad - our esteemed guests include industry veterans from both sides of the Pacific, such as director Jia Zhangke, actor/director Xu Zheng, producer Janet Yang and actor Jimmy O. Yang. In 2021, we launched the Los Angeles Film Festival Screenwriting Competition (“LACFFSC”), an international, bilingual competition in both English and Chinese. With 240+ submissions, it is one of the largest competitions of its kind. The event culminated with a 3-day fully virtual Summit, extending CIE from the real world into the metaverse. Select finalists were able to pitch top producers from Hollywood and China, an access only otherwise granted to a rarified minority. Further, we host a monthly Writer's Workshop to help writers improve their scripts via creative peer seminars. Currently, we have 130+ active members and have workshopped over 50+ scripts. Our screenplay library exceeds 300 classic scripts for members to access. In addition, we also host script pitch sessions with industry professionals to provide constructive feedback and speaker panels to educate on a variety of relevant topics, such as Alchemy of Animation, Distribution in China, Women in Entertainment etc. CIE cultivates audiences through broad-based, splashy events, such as the LACFF and LACFFSC. We nurture creators through dedicated, meticulous programs, such as the writers workshops, pitch sessions, and speaker panels. Through these efforts, we aim to grow the seeds of empathy in the broader population and chip away at the guarded walls of the industry.

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