‘Festival’ Tag
China Shuts Down Independent Film Festival in Beijing
Beijing, August 23rd (Hollywood Reporter)

Organizers experienced what is now an annual crackdown on their indie fest

Chinese authorities have once again shut down the 11th Beijing Independent Film Festival on its opening day, as the government keeps a tight leash on movies outside the state-approved system.

The festival tries to offer a platform for independent cinema, but for many months now, China’s ruling Communist Party has been tightening the screws on dissenting views, including movies from outside the highly monitored and heavily regulated Chinese film industry.

Critic Li Xianting, one of the organizers of the Beijing Independent Film Festival, told The Associated Press that police searched his office and confiscated materials he had gathered over more than 10 years.

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Source: Hollywood Reporter

Cannes: China’s Wanda to Launch Qingdao Film Festival in 2017
Cannes, May 16th (Hollywood Reporter)

Rose Kuo, known for her work for the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the AFI Fest, will oversee the fest for the conglomerate that also plans to build a film studio and media complex.

Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda on Friday highlighted its previously announced intentions to build a film studio and media complex in China and unveiled plans to launch a new “major international film festival” in Qingdao, China in 2017.

The company, which owns U.S. exhibitor AMC Entertainment, also said here that it has named Rose Kuo, most recently executive director of the FIlm Society of Lincoln Center that presents the New York Film Festival, CEO of the new Chinese festival. Kuo is also a former artistic director of Los Angeles’ AFI Fest.

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Source: Hollywood Reporter

Cannes: Big Projects, Bigger Government Help China’s Animation Industry Advance
Cannes, May 14th (Hollywood Reporter)

A surge in Chinese animation projects will soon come to fruition and industryites are hailing a renaissance in quality.

China has launched a major initiative to boost the troubled animation sector, and the world’s second biggest film market is poised for a boom period centered on major projects.

The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) is pushing the sector hard, with a designated China animation booth at the market in Cannes and there are local animation bigwigs patrolling the Croisette.

“The Chinese government is heavily promoting the growth of cultural industries, especially animation. In the past they’ve been concentrated on developing industrial zones, not really creative,” said Gary Zhang, who is co-producing a $40-million animated 3D project, Kong, with Korean filmmaker JJ Kim.

“Now they are staying away from that and they want to have more authentic, real effort into the creative industry,” said Zhang.

With Kong, Aquamen – thus named as both Zhang and Kim are Aquarians in the Chinese Zodiac — is looking to energize the Asian animation sector.

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Source: Hollywood Reporter

Cannes: The Chinese Are Coming (in Force)
Beijing, May 13rd (Hollywood Reporter)

From China’s richest man Wang Jianlin, to the CEOs of top studios Bona and Huayi Brothers, a record number of Chinese film executives are expected to do business at the festival.

Expect to hear plenty of Mandarin along the Croisette this year, as up to 400 Chinese film industryites descend on Cannes for the festival this year, a sign of a growing outward focus for the world’s second biggest film market.

There was disappointment about the absence of Chinese movies in competition this year — Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home is playing Out of Competition — but the general trend is for greater participation by the Chinese film business on the international scene.

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Source: Hollywood Reporter

Beijing Film Market Touts $1.7 Billion In Deals Signed
Beijing, April 19th (Hollywood Reporter)

Transactions for a total of 32 projects were signed, up 20 percent on last year.

Organizers of the Beijing Film Market of the 4th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) said the figure for transactions signed included $610 million (3.803 billion yuan) for film production, up 22 percent on last year.

There were $550 million (3.4 billion yuan) in deals for the construction of theaters and movie production bases, while the remainder went into other deals including film foundation projects.

The festival saw Paramount Pictures agree to link up with Chinese state film company China Film Group to co-produce a new 3D fantasy/action movie Marco Polo, with shooting due to begin in October this year.

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Source: Hollywood Reporter

Asian films under spotlight at FILMART 2014
Hong Kong, April 1st (HKTDC)

Chinese blockbusters and award-winning productions turned heads at FILMART 2014. More than than 770 exhibitors from around the world took part during the 24-27 March event. FILMART is Asia’s largest film market and a highlight of the 10th Entertainment Expo Hong Kong. – See more at: http://www.hktdc.com/info/web/webcast/content.htm?LANGUAGE=en&MEDIA%5fLANGUAGE=en&ID=1X04BZJK#sthash.QteSuaaU.dpuf

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Source: HKTDC

Hong Kong Filmart Abuzz With Talk of China Market Liberalization
Hong Kong, March 24th (Hollywood Reporter)

Industry insiders at the annual market discuss a slew of recent developments that seem designed to make China a more open and hospitable market, but some remain cautious.

The possibility of liberalization of mainland China’s distribution system, news of a simultaneous U.S. and China launch for Johnny Depp’s Transcendence coupled with the sight of Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson selling Captain America: The Winter Soldier at a Beijing shopping mall, the buzz at the annual Filmart market is all about how the world’s second-largest film market is becoming a more open and hospitable place.

The destiny of Hong Kong’s film business is inextricably linked to that of Mainland China, and developments north of the border are closely watched in the territory as just about everyone seems to have just come back from Hollywood for talks.

The last few weeks have seen a lot of activity, with Shanghai Media Group, China’s second biggest media group, inking a multi-year deal with Walt Disney Studios, and Huayi Bros announcing plans to inject up to $150 million into former Warner Bros. top executive Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8.

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Source: Hollywood Reporter

IPS-Macao International Fulldome Festival 2014
Macao, March 21st (Macao Science Center )

The International Planetarium Society (IPS) is the largest organization of professional planetarians in the world founded in 1965. Beijing Planetarium is the host of the IPS 2014 conference held from 23-27 June 2014. The Planetarium of Macao Science Center holds the Guinness Record of the highest resolution (8k) fulldome 3D theatre in the world since its inauguration in 2009.

The IPS-MIFF 2014 is the first Fulldome Festival fully supported by IPS and hosted in the first 8k 3D fulldome planetarium theatre. This Festival adjudication process is a pre-conference event of the IPS 2014 Conference in Beijing. An international line-up of about 30 digital fulldome shows will be shown and competing for prestigious awards during the Festival.

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Source: Macao Science Center

Hong Kong Internation Film & TV Market
Hong Kong, March 10th (HKTDC)

The 4th Digital Entertainment Summit, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Association, and sponsored by CreateHK of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Government, will be held during Entertainment Expo. Expert speakers will discuss the latest developments in animation, computer graphics, interactive design and other industry technology.

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Source: HKTDC

Berlin: Chinese Film Noir ‘Black Coal, Thin Ice’ Wins Golden Bear
Berlin, February 15th (Hollywood Reporter)

Black Coal, Thin Ice, a Chinese film noir from director Diao Yinan has won the Golden Bear for best film at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival. The film’s star, Liao Fan, took the Silver Bear honor for Best Actor for his portrayal of a comic, alcoholic detective working in the Chinese provinces.

Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, a star-studded love letter to pre-WWII Europe, won the Grand Jury Prize, the Berlinale’s runner-up honor, while Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, a coming-of-age tale shot over 12 years with the same actors – including Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, won the Best Director Silver Bear.

But it was China’s night, as the Berlinale International Jury, headed by Oscar-nominated screenwriter and ex-Focus Features CEO James Schamus, handed out three top trophies to Chinese films. In addition to the two for Black Coal, Thin Ice, there was a Silver Bear for Lou Ye’s drama Blind Massage honoring “extraordinary artistic achievement.” Schamus wrote the screenplay to The Wedding Banquet and has been a frequent collaborator with Ang Lee, penning the scripts to such films as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Lust, Caution.

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Source: Hollywood Reporter

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