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Art College 1994

Art College 1994

Original name:Art College 1994
English name: Art College 1994
Year: 2023
Run time: 118 Min
Language: Mandarin Chinese
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: China
Director: Liu Jian, Lin Shan
Producers: Yang Cheng, Shen Lihui, Gao Shiming
Cast: Dong Zijian, Zhou Dongyu, Papi Jiang, Huang Bo, Wang Hongwei, Jia Zhangke, Bi Gan.
Screenplay: Liu Jian
Editor: Liu Jian
Sound Designer: Li Danfeng, Gao Ruifeng
Music Composer: David Wen-Wei Liang, Sun Yunfan, Cui Jian, Alex Liu, Chen Li
Production Company: Nezha Bros. Pictures Company Ltd, Modern Sky Entertainment Company Ltd, China Academy Of Art’s School of Animation and Game.
World Sales: Memento International


  • Berlinale 2023
  • Sydney IFF 2023
  • Annecy IAFF 2023
  • Tokyo IFF 2023
  • São Paulo IFF 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2017 Have A Nice Day
  • 2011 Look At This Man (Short)
  • 2011 Face (Short)
  • 2011 Chaos and Order (Short)
  • 2010 Piercing 1

Director's Biography:

Liu Jian-Lin Shan

Liu Jian majored in Chinese Painting and graduated from the Nanjing Art Institute in 1993. He began working on animations in 1995 and founded Le-joy Animation Studio in 2007. His first feature animation, Piercing 1, screened in numerous film festivals, including Holland Animation FF, Annecy IAFF, and Hong Kong IFF. The film also won Best Animated Feature Film at the 4th Asia Pacific Screen Awards. In 2017, his feature animation film Have A Nice Day premieres in competition at the Berlinale before being screened in more than 50 festivals worldwide including BFI London, Sitges, Thessaloniki and Annecy.


ART COLLEGE 1994 is a portrait of youth set on the campus of the Chinese Southern Academy of Arts in the early 1990s. Against the backdrop of reforms opening China to the Western world, a group of college students live in full swing as they take their first steps into adulthood, where love and friendships are intertwined with artistic pursuits, ideals and ambitions. Caught between tradition and modernity, they now have to choose who they want to become