Roundtable on Chinese Language Genre Film


Join the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) and China Film Insider (CFI) for their jointly hosted event: a panel discussion on Chinese-language genre film. The event is made possible with generous support from China Institute.

In the first quarter of 2018, the box office in China exceeded that of North America for the first time. In the first half of 2018, It stood at $4.77 billion, with local films accounting for a healthy 59.6% market share. China is expected to become the world’s largest film market within the next few years. The staggering growth of local films has been largely fueled by a new genre cinema that has emerged to meet the demands of a more open-minded audience. This panel will discuss the current state and trends of China’s genre cinema, what role the rapidly-changing censorship system is playing in its development, how neighboring countries are shaping it, and how Chinese cinema can gain global influence.


Dylan Marchetti
SVP of Acquisitions and Theatrical Distribution, Well Go USA

After founding Variance Films in 2008, Dylan Marchetti joined Well Go USA Entertainment in 2016 as Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Theatrical Releasing. Recent acquisitions include The Island, Burning, Operation Red Sea, Wolf Warrior 2, and Train to Busan.

Aliza Ma
Head of Programming, Metrograph

Aliza Ma is a New York-based programmer and writer specializing in Asian cinema. Currently, Aliza Ma is Head of Programming at New York’s Metrograph theater; before that she was Museum of the Moving Image’s assistant film curator.

Guan Yadi
Film Producer

Guan Yadi is at the forefront of a new genre cinema emerging in China. A former executive at PolyBona Film Distribution, Fantasy Pictures and Galloping Horse, he founded Life Pictures and Courage Media to kickstart medium-budget genre films.

Daniel Eagan
Film Critic

Daniel Eagan is a film historian and writer based in New York City. He is the author of America’s Film Legacy (Bloomsbury) and contributes to Film Journal, Film Comment, American Cinematographer, Filmmaker Magazine, and other outlets.