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Cui Zi'en (Chinese: 崔子恩; pinyin: Cuī Zǐ'ēn), born 1958, in Harbin in the People's Republic of China, is a film director, producer, film scholar, screenwriter, novelist and an outspoken LGBT activist based in Beijing. He graduated from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences with an MA in literature and now is an associate professor at the Film Research Institute of the Beijing Film Academy.

Cui Zi'en
Harbin,[1] China
Alma materChinese Academy of Social Sciences
OccupationFilm producer
Film director
Years active1990s–present
AwardsRadio Literature Award
2001 Uncle's Past

(IGLHRC) International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
Felipa Award

Cui Zi'en is one of the avant-garde DV makers in Chinese underground film. He has published nine novels in China and Hong Kong, one of which, Uncle's Past, won the 2001 Radio Literature Award in Germany. In the same year, he founded the Beijing Queer Film Festival, the first LGBT film festival in mainland China.[2] He is also the author of books on criticism and theory, as well as a columnist for magazines.


Felipa AwardEdit

In 2002, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) presented the Felipa Award to Cui Zi'en. Cui brought issues of same-sex love into Chinese culture and public awareness, with a prolific crop of critically acclaimed articles, lectures, books, and films, including the first gay novel in modern China. Despite it being banned in mainland China, the novel is still available through unofficial channels.


Year English title Original title Notes
1999 Men and Women
(Man Man Woman Woman) (Nannan nünü)
男男女女 writer
2002 Enter the Clowns 丑角登场 writer, director, actor
The Old Testament 旧约 writer, director
Welcome to Destination Shanghai 目的地,上海 actor
2003 Feeding Boys, Ayaya 哎呀呀,去哺乳 writer, director, actor, producer
Keep Cool and Don't Blush 脸不变色心不跳 writer, director
Night Scene 夜景 writer, director
2004 An Interior View of Death 死亡的內景 writer, director
The Narrow Path 雾语 writer, director
Pirated Copy 蔓延 writer
Shitou and That Nana 石头和那个娜娜 writer, director
Star Appeal 星星相吸惜 writer, director
2005 My Fair Son 我如花似玉的儿子 director
WC 呼呼哈嘿 writer, director
Withered in a Blooming Season
(Withered Lads in a Blooming Season)
少年花草黄 writer, director
2006 Empty Town 水墨青春 writer
Refrain 副歌 writer, director
2008 Er Dong 二冬 producer
Queer China, ‘Comrade’ China 誌同志 writer, director
2010 The Wild Strawberries 野草莓 writer

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Cui Zi'en's new book". Global Times. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  2. ^ Tin Tran (25 May 2011). "Gays In China: Beijing Queer Film Festival Goes Off Without A Hitch". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  • Mtime (in Chinese), retrieved 10-03-2009

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