Press release

The Montreal press conference of the 2nd edition of Canada China International Film Festival

April 8, 2017

On March 24th 2017, Canada China International Film Festival (CCIFF) successfully held the press conference at Le Crystal Hotel in Montreal, Canada.

In the press conference, CCIFF released the details that the 2nd edition will be held in Montreal through September 15th to 18th 2017 and reported the work preparation and progress.

During today’s press conference, over 100 guests were in attendance, including Dr. Graham Carr, Provost and Vice-president Academic Affairs of Concordia University, Mrs. Xiaoying Shi, Vice-Consul General, Consulate General of People’s Republic of China in Montreal and Consul Ms. Haomiao Zhang. Mr. André Picard, Executive Director, Institutional Programming and Productions of National Film Board of Canada representatives from Telefilm Canada, SODEC, Montreal Art Counsil, Totalcasting, Mel’s Studio, Sunlife, Realisations, Theatre Lyrichorega 20, China-Canada Friendship Society、Comission Scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys Mrs. Huang Ping, NAD Professor Gino Vincelli, and Air China Office in Montreal . In addition, CCIFF is honored to welcome distinguished Director Chloe Leriche, Matt Zimbel, Mrs. Beverly Shaffer, Mrs. Chloe Leriche, Matt Zimbel, Shuibo Wang, and famous actor Sasha Samar.

The Premier Edition of  Canada China International Film Festival was held successfully in Montreal, Canada in September 2016. During the span of the four-day festival, CCIFF welcomed over twenty thousand audiences, held over 100 screenings for 85 excellent films, and conducted 44 seminars and masterclasses. Following the conclusion of  the first edition of CCIFF, collaborations have been initiated by professionals from various industries, such as Entertainment Technology sector, Co-production between Canada and China, and Film Production. Canada China International Film Festival is hosted by Canada China Art-Tech, a non-profit organization which has received support from the Governor General of Canada, the Prime Minister of Canada, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, The Minister of Small Business and Tourism, Telefilm Canada, SODEC, the Mayor of Montreal, the President of Concordia University, the Consulate General of The People’s Republic of China in Montreal, the Chinese Government Administration for Press Publication, Radio, Film and Television, the China Film Producers Association, and the China National Film Museum.

During the gust speaking, Concordia University Vice Principal Mr. Graham Carr mentioned that China and Canada have contributed a diplomatic relation for a long time, and the number of Chinese international students is still increasing. Montreal was evaluated as one of the best cities for study, and a lot of Chinese students chose Concordia. Furthermore, most members of CCIFF are from Concordia, which makes us a pleasure to be the sponsor for CCIFF.

The vice of the Consulate General of People’s Republic of China in Montreal, Ms. Xiaoying Shi mentioned that as a perfect city for film shooting, Montreal attracted several directors and film producers. She also indicated that since last September Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Canada, the relationship between China and Canada has been strengthened and consolidated. Canada China International Film Festival plays an important role in the culture exchange between these two countries.

The Executive Principal of National Film Board, Mr. André Picard emphasized that the film co-production between Canada and China has made enormous progress during the recent years due to the development of technology.

In the end, Eric Hamel, the general manager of Le Crystal Hotel said that it was a great honor to cooperate with Canada China International Film Festival for the second time, and he also showed a high expectation for us.

Four guest speakers all congratulated the success of the first Canada China International Film Festival and wished the second edition would achieve greater success; moreover, Canada China International Film Festival will be better in the future.

Each year, Canada China International Film Festival features a different the annual theme. The 2016 festival featured the China Canada Year of People-to-People and Culture Exchange. In 2017, the festival will feature a theme to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary and Montreal’s 375th anniversary. In the process, CCIFF will host a series of events to facilitate relationship building across the two nations. The Year of Canada-China Tourism, the Year of the People’s Republic of China’s 70th Anniversary, and the Year of Canada-China 50 Year Relationships will be the themes for 2018, 2019, and 2020 respectively. CCIFF is committed to helping to build a cultural bridge through the arts.

In order to facilitate cultural exchange and foster collaboration in film, the second edition of Canada China International Film Festival has initiated unique components such as Classic Film Review and Television Drama screenings. Numerous Canadian and Chinese films that witness the special bond between the two countries over the years will be shown to audiences. The China National Film Museum, which has conducted Chinese Film History exhibitions throughout the world, will bring history of Chinese Cinema to the Canada China International Festival this year, creating an opportunity for dialogue with local audiences.

Canada China International Film Festival, as a unique film festival that combines art with technology, successfully combined the entertainment with technology in CCIFF 2016, and received immense support and recognition by industry professionals. This year, the CCIFF committee will continue to invite professionals to present on the entertainment and technology sector as well as the advancements in the industry. Additionally, the Canada China International Film Festival Committee has developed its own Augmented Reality phone application for audiences to experience the art and technology. The APP will not only provide detailed information regarding the festival events and schedule, but also feature film trailers with the AR technology.

While Canada celebrates its 150th Anniversary in 2017, Montreal, the multicultural host city of Canada China International Film Festival, is also celebrating its 375th anniversary. The Canada China International Film Festival is officially recognized under these year-long celebrations and will impress the audience with the best combination of art and technology. Moreover, Canada China International Film Festival will work to facilitate an international platform and contribute to the cultural exchange between the two countries.

Canada China International Film Festival was established during the year of China-Canada Culture Exchange. Adopting this theme as its central mandate, Canada China International Film Festival has received supports and anticipations from governments of both countries since the beginning. The second edition of Canada China International festival will continue to serve artistic industry professionals of both countries and deliver cultural exchange throughout the film festival. This year, Canada China International film Festival will hold press conferences at the 7th annual Beijing International Film Festival and the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival. In addition, CCIFF will also bring Canadian industry representatives to attend the Shenzhen International Cultural Industry Fair (ICIF) to extend co-production capacity and possibilities. CCIFF will also receive creations from the 5th China (Guang Zhou) International Chinese Association of Computer Human Interaction video competition. Moreover, the CCIFF committee will host series of events in Los Angeles, Toronto and Ottawa. More information regarding the events and the film festival will be released during the following press conferences.

In the end, the Executive President of CCIFF, Ms. Miao Song, briefly summarized the press conference and thanked all the guests for their attendings and support. She also emphasized that the Canada China International Film Festival would not achieve such a great success without the passion and help from all its members, and she truly hope that the CCIFF will make more progress with the committee in the future.

It is worth mentioning that the technical team of CCIFF presented a live broadcasting on social medias for today’s Montreal Press Conference.

Currently, the online film and drama submission platforms are opened. The first round of submissions has successfully ended in February and second round of submission has started. The CCIFF committee encourages professionals to submit their film. Works completed between January 2016 to July 2017 (inclusive) are eligible to take part in the competition. The CCIFF Committee warmly welcomes industry professionals and corporations from both countries to take part in this cultural and technological exchange in the second edition of Canada China International Festival.

For more information in regards to film submission, screening, and competitions, please visit our official website at www.cciff.ca or contact us at: info@cciff.net