“Forward Future” Section was set up for the 4th Beijing International Film Festival（BJIFF 2014）. Hosted by the Organizing Committee of Beijing International Film Festival, organized by Beijing Film Academy（BFA）, and executed by the Chinese Film Culture Research Institute the Department of Film Studies of BFA, the section is held at BFA during BJIFF.
With the aim of “encouraging film innovation, stimulating the vitality of film creation, discovering and introducing new filmmakers, capturing the future trend of international films, displaying the rich and diversified cultural connotation of film art, and enhancing cooperation and exchanges between young filmmakers around the world”, “Forward Future” International Out-of Competition Section collects outstanding films differing in subject, type and style from young filmmakers worldwide. The section encourages new directors and originality, and stipulates that any shortlisted film must be the first or second fiction feature film directed.
The main activities during “Forward Future” International Out-of-Competition Section include Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony, Film Screening, After-screening Appearance of Cast & Crew and Forum for International Film Studies. The section involved 11 films and 17 films in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Three awards -- “Most Attractive Film”, “Most Attractive Director” and “Most Focused Screenwriter” were set up in 2015. 18 films entered the section in 2016 and 12 films in 2017，17 films in 2018 and an international academic seminar on “Scandinavia film” was held. From type innovation to author expression, the section creates a broader stage for young filmmakers to show their talents and bring them in line with international practices.
“Forward Future” International Out-of-Competition Section focuses on young directors and the future of world films! With devotion to image, new filmmakers from across the world share vibrant film individuality. The new section bringing together new filmmakers from across the world is sure to yield more fruitful results in the vibrant spring of 2019.