After the CWFF in Beijing, which takes place in September, the festival goes on tour to other cities throughout China in order to reach a wider audience. Some of the cities visisted in past have been Hong Kong, Xiamen, Fuzhou, Quanzhou, Chengdu, Kunming, Xi'an, Zhengzhou, Tianjin and Shenyang. Many of the same films that were screened during the main section of the CWFF will be included in the tour program, however, new films will also be added in order to diversify the festival.
After conducting the first China Women's Film Festival in Beijing, our organization realized that the reach of the festival was limited to a middle-upper class urban population that frequented the arts and culture scene. As a result, many audience members were already forward-thinking feminists. Therefore, we decided to take the festival on tour to cities around China where the majority of the population does not have exposure to the feminist ideologies expressed in the films we screen. Consequently, CWFF has been able to create a more significant and wide-spread impact throughout China, and not just in its capital.
Furthermore, our organization partners with local NGOs in each stop of our festival tour who then help us find venues and assist with promotional activities. Through this experience, these NGOs are able to make connections with filmmakers, local reporters and government officials so that they can organize their own social impact events in the future.
Overall, by bringing the CWFF on tour, we hope to not only expand the feminist network, but to also contribute to grassroots and civil society development in China.