Who are we?

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C.B. Yi

Born in the People's Republic of China and grew up in Austria, where I soon became an Austrian citizen. I started studying sinology, but I quickly understood that making films would allow me to create a link between cultures, while exploring the complexity and subtlety of human relationships through an artistic lens.

I had the privilege of becoming a disciple of Michael Haneke at the Vienna Film Academy of Music and the Performing Arts, as an apprentice director. Notably I started my second study of cinematography by the masterclass of Christian Berger and began to create my own screenplays. I achieved the recognition of the movie industry with my first Film, Moneyboys.

 

Beyond its artistic aspect, the making of my first feature film was also an opportunity for me to better understand the film production process and to take a critical look at it. In particular, I wondered about the inefficiency of the production chain on a technical level but especially on a human level, at the expense of the women and men who contribute to the birth of the film and ultimately of the cinematographic work itself. That's why I set out to create a production company that would put people at the heart of the creation process.

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Ulrike Kniesner

Already throughout my childhood I developed a great interest towards languages and the world outside the familiar realm. It was this curiosity that led to the rather spontaneous decision to study Sinology at the University of Vienna. Soon after I was off to China which shall over the years become my second home.

 

Intensive Language Studies in Shandong and Shanghai (Shanghai Fudan University) and studies of International Relations at the School of International Studies at Renmin University in Beijing followed.

 

Since 2010 after an interlude back in Vienna, concluding my Sinology studies at the University of Vienna with excellence, I’ve engaged in cultural management with a specific focus on the cultural transfer and exchange between Asia and Europe, this included primarily tour management (orchestra touring, dance and theatre), orchestra management and music competition management: China Tour of Ohad Naharin’s Minus One, Jan Lauwers & Needcompany China Tour, Production of Blixa Bargeld’s “The Execution of Precious Memories” for the Goethe Institut in Beijing, China Tour of Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich China Tour, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Asia Tour with Charles Dutoit and Yuja Wang, China Tour of Münchner Philharmoniker, Orchestre de Paris with Paavo Järvi China Tour, China Tour of Orchestre symphonique de Montreal with Kent Nagano, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Antonio Pappano China Tour, Member of Production Team for “League of Legends World Championship” at the Bird’s Nest/ Water Cube in Beijing in 2017, Member of Production Team of “1st China International Music Competition” in 2019, handling Int. Affairs for the “China Youth Music Competition”, a project in collaboration with the German Music Council, since 2017, and many more.

 

Professional encounters and engagement with film has run like a red thread through my life ranging from China market research for Constantin and EMtv while working in Strategic Business and Communication Consulting in Beijing, leading international communications for Beijing Vantage Investment Co., Ltd. - Fantasy Pictures Entertainment, co-producer of Chinese Director Lou Ye’s “Summer Palace” and Bing Wang’s “Fengming. A Chinese Memoir”, both of which were shown at the Cannes Film Festival, and involvement as bilingual assistant in the production of the official showreel for the Universiade 2011 in Shenzhen, China.

 

With director C.B. Yi I’ve been working on several projects in and outside of China since 2007, among others, text editing and translation for short docu “BREAKING ROOF-TILES WITH ONE’S HEAD” (2007), production assistant and English subtitles for short film “THE COUPLE” (Diagonale Festival of Austrian Film 2009), and the production of the short film “LITTLE PRECIOUS” 2011 (Clermont-Ferrand Short Filmfestival, 29th Busan Int. Short Filmfestival, Diagonale Festival of Austrian Film, Bergamo-Cortopotere, Int. Filmfestival Instanbul, 15th Int. Short Film Festival Winterthur), as well as Location- and Organisationconsulting during the “Moneyboys”-Casting, in Beijing, in 2018. Since May 2020 there has been a continuous collaboration, i.e., project development, research work and text editing for several projects, such as “Uns nährt die Erde”, “World of Movement”, “Pureland”, among others.

 

Curiosity is and has always been the central determinant nurturing my decisions. I’ve never been hesitant to leave the comfort zone and face new challenges. This also reflects in my vast range of experience with different genres in the scope of cultural management. I deeply believe that surmounting any kind of boundaries and a break with conventions can translate into creative energy