The first edition of the Canada China International Film Festival(CCIFF) was held from September 16th to September 19th, 2016. It has been a wonderful example of all the potential that lies within the collaboration, culture exchange between Canadian and Chinese talent in film and entertainment. During the 4 days events, CCIFF have 7 cinema include Alumni Auditorium, VA-114 Cinema, EV OS3-845/855, 5B-1 & 4C-1 Dawson College, Montreal Confucius School Main School, and online screening platform iTalkBB, and there are 85 amazing films had been showing to our audience.
As the one of the official event in the Year of People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges, CCIFF gain great films from world wide, and 30 films completed during 2015-2016, were selected to enter the competition section. The first CCIFF also held a special section called: The Classic Movie Review section, and review those master piece with Canadian and Chinese audience.
Opening film and Closing film are always the spotlight for a film festival, as well as, CCIFF committee had invited wonderful film from Canada and China. Both of films’ production crew also come to the festival, and have communication with local audience.
Simone Pitot is a local artist, and she officially launched her music video during the opening ceremony. École des arts numériques, de l’animation et du design (NAD) also provided an amazing film for our guests from China. “The Calligraphy Master“ was screened as the opening film.
The movie production team led by director Ding Yin Nan, Ding Zhen came to the scene to share their feelings with the guests.
Ms. Beverly Shaffer from National Film Board of Canada, and she was jury member of Canada China Academy Film Award.
Closing films are Canadian short film”The name you carry”, and canadian documentary “I am the Blues”. I am Blues was filmed by director Daniel Cross, and it talks about a tour of the juke joints and other venues of the legendary Chitlin Circuit in the Mississippi Delta, including performances by aging blues musicians in their eighties who used to play the circuit.
It is pleasure to have a special section called Classic Film Review, and CCIFF invited National Film Board of Canada and famous director Xie Fei to have a panel talk after the film screening.
Mr. Donald McWilliam the director of Impression of China, Ms. Elaine (Krysko) Munro the Participant-Narrator, Mr. Dan Kislenko the Participant-Narrator, Ms. Ari Van Assche the Moderator, and Ms. Kat Baulu the Producer all came to the event to share their story behind this film. Impression of China is a Canadian documentary and filmed in May 1972, twenty-five students and teachers from a Hamilton, Ontario high school went to China. Not unusual today, but they were then the first students to visit China from North America since 1949.
Mr. Xie Fei is a world-recognized Chinese film director and professor at the Beijing Film Academy, and Mr. Wang Yao the lecturer of Beijing Film Academy. Mr. Xie Fei’s film has won Berlin Golden Bear award, and he brought this master piece to the audience again. After the screening, he kindly answer questions about his film and his thought about the future of film industry.
Beside the Classic Film Review, we received more than hundreds of films include short films, documentary, and feature films. Audience love to hear about what happened behind the screen, and have a chance to communicate with filmmakers.
This year we had a lot amazing short film from Canada, China, and even America. The audiences gave high feedback about those short film, especially the Knots, Swim Low, Show, The Name You Carry and so on.
We had great documentaries about the Montreal history in Chinatown with valuable pictures, and these documentary was screened in Radio-Canada.
Some feature films won several price in Cannes Film Festival,Toronto International Film Festival, and so on.
China Film Group Corporation brought CCIFF amazing chinese films to local audience including The Master, The Vanished Murderer and so on.
The promised One is one of the World Premier, and it won the People’s Choice of Canada China Academy Film Award.
The Closing ceremony is not the end of CCIFF screening, CCIFF continue screening special films after the events through the year to the next edition. CCIFF will bring more great films for all our guests and audience in Canada and China.