2011 Tudou Video Festival awards: The best of China’s online films
The Goose ‘n’ Duck Ranch, tucked away in a quiet corner of Beijing’s suburban Huairou District, isn’t the most obvious spot to roll out the red carpet. But over the weekend, the decidedly un-hip getaway hosted some of China’s most cutting-edge online filmmakers for the fourth annual Tudou Video Festival.
The venue was chosen by Tudou.com’s founder, Gary Wang, precisely for its laid-back vibe.
Tudou, a video sharing service similar to YouTube, has built a dedicated following among the mostly 20-something digital natives who comprise China’s rising creative class.
Organizers said it’s important to recognize the Tudou community’s creativity in an offline setting.
“It provides a chance for filmmakers to meet with investors,” said festival director Zhang Hanyu. “This is not going to happen online or through other channels.”