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With the longest history, Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, China (hereinafter referred to as GZDOC) has become the sole national documentary festival with financing and trading function in China. Established in 2003, GZDOC is hosted by State Administration of Press and Publication,Radio, Film and Television (SGAPPRFT) and the People’s Government of Guangdong Province, organized by the People’s Government of Guangzhou Municipality,Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, film and Television of Guangdong Province, executed by Administration of Culture, Press, Publication, Radio,Film and Television of Guangzhou Municipality, co-organized by Guangdong Radioand Television Station and operated by Global Raytur International Public Communication Organization.

After 13 years of development, GZDOC has grown from an academic seminar with only 147 entries from around 10 countries, to one of the most influential professional documentary film festival in the world, receiving 4,059 entries from 111 countries and regions with the support of the government. Not only from the number of entries and coverage of the countries, GZDOC ranks No.1 in Asia, but also is the largest professional documentary festival in Asia aswell as one of the eight major professional documentary festivals. It has established friendly relationship with nearly 30 international renowned film festivals and industry organizations. It has become an important force for the promotion of Chinese documentary films to the world, an important window for outstanding documentaries at home and abroad, a platform for exchange andcooperation in the documentary industry, and an important part of the chain of the international documentary industry.

This year, more than 100 influential documentaries broadcasting media, production and distribution organizations from China and abroad gather together, such as Discovery, BBC, KBS, NHK and so on. The leading figures ofthe documentary industry over the world and more than 1,000 international buyers, producers and directors from Oscar, Emmy, Sundance have a brainstorm in the forum, exchanging and discussing the prospect and trend of international documentaries in a global perspective. In the future, GZDOC will be gradually shaped into a world renowned “Davos Forum” of international documentary.

In order to actively carry out the speech spirit of General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Xi Jinping, "Good Chinese stories spread the voice of China," GZDOC endeavors to create "China Story" international pitch conference. Through the integration of international creative power, attracting global investment, spreading on the international platform, the goal “China story spreads globally" can be realized in aspects of creation, investment and broadcast. Meanwhile, it will promote the sharing of resources in all aspects of domestic and international documentaries. This will enhance the influence of Chinese culture around the world through documentaries.

GZDOC has striven to make documentary festival more"down-to-earth" and to benefit more people in recent years. This year, GZDOC organized the largest-scale documentary screenings - 2016 "Golden Kapok Screening Program" in 12 cinemas, five arts spaces and a number of universities, with 60 films and 150 screening times. With 13 years of exploring and brand accumulation and beyond race, thousands of masterpieces recording the era have contributed to making GZDOC a palace of artistic exchange, recording the footprint and direction of the world changes. Guangzhou will view the documentary festival as the starting point, to create the Asian documentary industry development center, so that Guangzhou will become the"City of Documentary" and create never ending documentary festival.