The 4th press conference for the Canada China International Film Festival in Montreal
On March 27, 2019, the CCIFF organisational committee held a press conference to launch the festival’s 4th edition, which is set to take place from August 30th to September 4th, 2019. 4th SPACE, a freshly inaugurated Concordia venue acting as a storefront for multimedia and art, welcomed the event. Since the inception of its very first edition, the Canada China International Film Festival has had the privilege of benefitting from Concordia University’s unwavering support, which it has again received for the current edition. The festival distinguishes itself by specializing in entertainment technology.
Canada China International Film Festival is organised by Canada China Art-Tech (CCAT), a non-profit organization installed in Quebec, Canada, which aims to build and promote an inclusive platform to foster and develop digital content opportunities, business relations and partnerships for technology-enabled creative industries. During the press conference, Daniel Vermette, President of Connexion Film International, gave a speech to congratulate the festival committee for inaugurating the fourth edition of the Canada China International Film Festival. ‘‘I feel like it is going to be an awesome year and this will be a unique edition,” he claimed.
Christophe Guy, Vice-president of research and graduate studies for Concordia University, highlighted the festival’s uniqueness in bringing together Chinese and Canadian culture. Concordia University, M. Guy added, is proud to support Canada China International Film Festival and is looking forward to a successful 4th edition.
Following M. Guy’s speech, CCIFF ambassador, Canadian film director and screenwriter Alain Desrochers was invited on stage. He spoke enthusiastically of his experiences going to China on behalf of CCIFF and furthering the amazing spirit of cultural exchange that the festival seeks to enable.
In attendance was Beverly Shaffer: director of the 1977 Academy Award Winner for Best Live Action Short Film “I’ll find my way,’’ and a distinguished member of the festival jury.
Chinese producer Xu Tao, with whom the festival will be partnering on two projects, was also in attendance. The first project is a documentary on the conservation of oracle bones from the Second World War, as over 7400 Chinese Oracle bones are held in the Royal Ontario Museum. The second project, Never Say goodbye after Graduation, is a drama which features augmented reality and a future bound with technology.
This year, CCAT will organize and attend a series of events in China. On April 15th, The International forum and Sino-foreign audiovisual exchange as well as Technology and Cultural Heritage Protection will be hosted at the Beijing Language and Culture University. Additionally, this year, an exclusive Business to Business Matchmaking Luncheon will be organized by the festival committee, which will take place on the same day. This matchmaking session will be an opportunity for international corporations to connect with the chinese industry and vice versa to foster co-production projects. Furthermore, between June 27-30th, the Chinese CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems along with a series of events will be hosted in collaboration between CCIFF and Xiamen University as one of the pillar events for the Entertainment Technology Summit and Exhibition.
CCIFF aims to promote local artists abroad and share Canadian and Chinese culture overseas through artistic mediums such as film and interactive media arts. Many opportunities for collaboration and innovation stem from the various enterprises of the festival such as co production and distribution opportunities. Dr. Serguei Mokhov, Affiliate Assistant Professor at Concordia and CCIFF co-founder was invited to stage to present on our recent progress in technology and research. In fact, CCAT is a proud recipiendary of the Going Global Innovation grant, which offers funding to innovators seeking foreign partners for the purpose of establishing a collaborative Research and Development agreement. This grant served in funding a project encompassing real-time motion capture of body and face as well as softbody simulation for VFX.
Prior to the press conference, a workshop was held on the topic of Rapid Interactive Application Prototyping for Media Arts and Stage Performance and Beyond Using Computer Vision, AI, and HCI Techniques in Illimitable Space System, which was co-presented by Concordia mDreams Stage Research and Creation Group and CCAT (Canada and China Art-Tech). During this workshop, the research team showcased their renewed version of ISS and different interactive effects.
The program of the festival’s fourth edition will include film screenings, a master class, a script competition, the Entertainment Technology Summit and Exhibition as well as both opening and closing ceremonies. The committee has already received some submissions worthy of attention, such as the excellent film If Thoughts Can Kill, which has won many awards both in China and abroad. The film was produced by Shanghai MM2 Co., Ltd., and won the “Excellent New Film Screening” award at the 27th Golden Rooster and the Hundred Flowers Film Festival. It is also the winner of the 2018 American Asian Film and Television Festival Golden Oak Award for “Best Art Film Gold Producer” and “Most Promising New Director”. The movie was also shortlisted for the main competition of the 10th edition of the Macau International Film Festival and won the “Most Popular Feature Film” award in the “Announcement of Chongqing” Avant-garde Art Film Festival.
The committee also has the privilege to confirm that The Hummingbird Project will be screened during the Canada China International Film Festival opening at the end of August.
Over the years, the festival has garnered support from precious collaborators such as Connexion Film International, Université Concordia, BCTQ, Tourisme Montréal, Musée des Beaux-Arts du Canada, Collège MEGA, Fantasia International Film Festival, Orange Medias, MASSIVart, Sun Life Financial, YPR, Air China, Jimmy Chan Productions, Fantuan Delivery, Xiamen University, North American News, North American Pacific Art Global League (NAPAGL), Symbiosis International Media, Yu Zhi Sheng Artistic Troupe, 8M, Canadian Rose Club, The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, Chatime, Taiyo Japanese Cuisine, Mtl New Media, Sept Days, The Chinese Film Market, World Film Report, Yao Ping Dance Studio, Zi Shi Jie, China International Film & TV Program Exhibition, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Snail Online French Education and Concordia Chinese Student Association. The organizers expressed their heartfelt thanks to these organizations!
The CCIFF team was also particularly honoured to invite the Consul General of the Chinese Consulate General in Montreal, Mr. Huo Fuhai, as well as Mr. Zhang Huaning, General Manager of Air China. More than 100 artists, scholars and distinguished guests from the Chinese community were in attendance.
Finally, all the present guests at the press conference generously wished the Canada China International Film Festival to fulfill its goal of successfully promoting cultural, artistic and technological development in both countries for its 4th edition.