CCIFF at the 8th Beijing International Film Festival
International Film Festival (CCIFF) Press Conference was held at the Communication University of China in Beijing on April 17th, 2018. This event was co-hosted by Canada China Art-Tech and Chinese Culture Translation and Studies Support and organized by Communication University of China (CUC). Around a hundred of professionals from film production, distribution, scientific research, education and other related fields were present at the event, including: Director of Canada China International Film Festival, Miao Song; Deputy Inspector of The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China, Jianguo Bian; renowned Canadian film director and CCIFF ambassador, Alain Desrochers; Cultural Counselor of The Canadian Embassy in China, Martin Laflamme; Tommie Hamel, Chef du service des affaires politiques, publiques et administratives, Bureaux du Québec à Beijing et Qingdao; Secretary General of China Film Producers’ Association, Fenglin Wang; Deputy General Manager of China Film Co-Production Corporation, Shujun Xu; Director of award-winning film Seventy-Seven Days for Best Pictures in the 2nd edition of CCIFF, Zhao Hantang.
Many of them acted as guest speakers, expressing their support and encouragement to the festival. The conference was hosted by the Vice-president of CCIFF, Yu Li.
Mr. Laflamme highly appreciated the contribution made by CCIFF in promoting film exchange between Canada and China.
Tommie Hamel appreciated the exploration and efforts by CCIFF in promoting cultural exchange between Quebec and China.
He believed that China’s film and television production comes with profound ideas, fine artistic design, and excellent production quality, which can be imported to Canada and the rest of the world through this platform.
He commented on the great technical characteristics and original cultural branding of CCIFF.
As the organizer, SIS of CUC provided the venue and simultaneous interpreting service. Associate Dean Yehui Li introduced the educational strength and concept in film and television dubbing discipline. She also expected SIS to train more translators and co-producers in the future.
After the speeches, Yongjian Sun, Former Premier Technology Consul of the Chinese General Consulate in Montreal, CCIFF Advisor, introduced the history of CCIFF.
CCIFF Vice Director, gave an excellent retrospective of the 2nd edition of CCIFF, which included seven parts: Opening Ceremony, Film Screening and Competition, Script Competition, Entertainment Technology Summit and Exhibition, Women’s Voice, Canada China Match Making and Closing Ceremony.
Firstly, CCIFF director Miao Song introduced the Canadian Film Director Alain Desrochers and gave an opening to the 3rd edition of CCIFF. She stated that this year, the film festival will follow the tradition, as to organize screenings in different cities, by collaborating with institutions to organize Master Class, Script Competition, Seminars, Entertainment Technology Summit and Exhibition, Chinese Quebec Fam Tour, B2B Match-Making, VR Competition, AR Culture Tourism, etc. This year, CCIFF will focus on promoting excellent Chinese films and film copyright business, strengthening academic collaboration, implementing Canadian-Chinese collaboration and co-production, further developing the theme of film technology, etc.
Yu Li, Director of Graduate Department of China Film Archive; CCIFF Vice President, gave a detailed introduction to the agreement of Chinese Quebec Fam Tour and Canada China Match Making (B2B). She presented the policy of 38.4% of tax credit to foreign film production provided by Quebec. CCIFF and Quebec Film and Television Council will provide two days of Chinese Quebec Fam Tour free of charge, to further discover Quebec film and television resources.
Ms. Ge introduced the AR Culture Tourism and she has been committed to further integrating the science and technology, culture and tourism.
After all members have outlined the blueprint for the 3rd CCIFF, a unique signing ceremony was held demonstrating the achievements of the previous editions. Dingling Chen, Chairman of the board of Coolboy Pictures; Wei Chen, general manager of Coolboy Pictures; Qitong Yang, Chairman of the board of Sunlight Film; and Miao Song, director of the China Canada International Film Festival, signed a cooperative agreement for the TV series “Once a Thief”, which will be filmed in Canada. The signing ceremony marked a successful ending for the Canada China International Film Festival Beijing Press Conference.
Following the press conference, the CCTSS China Canada Collaboration and Co-production Forum begun with exchanging views from five guest speakers. The forum was hosted by Congmin Ma, Secretary General of China Western Film and TV Research Center. Alain Desrochers, famous Canadian Film Director; Shujun Xu, Deputy General Manager of China Film Co-Production Corporation; Miao Song, Director of Canada China International Film Festival; Yu Wang, Chinese film producer; Hantang Zhao, Director of Seventy-Seven Days have discussed under the topic of Canadian film features, Canadian-Chinese coproduction policies, facing challenges during film productions and finding better ways to integrate Chinese and Western cultures.
Miao Song stated that although the two countries is facing different problems in terms of budget, policies, culture, compatibility of different modes of operation, she still holds an optimistic attitude towards Canada China coproduction in the future. She considered Canada China International Film Festival as an important platform to provide two sides of opportunities to exchange their ideas and produce excellent film and television works because of great communication between two countries.
Among other guests are Head of the third division of International Culture Exchange Centre for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Xin Zhang; Cultural Officer of Canadian Embassy to China, Zengyue Liu; Officer of Bureaux du Québec à Beijing, Yiping Zhang; Representative of Investissement Bureaux du Québec à Beijing, Lingshi Meng; Representatives of The Chinese People’s Association For Friendship With Foreign Countries, Yaxin Zhang and Ruoxi Jing; Vice President of China Children’s Film Association, Miao Miao; Honorary Adviser of CCIFF, Xiaomei Yue; Adviser of CCIFF, Qian Zhang; Chief Technical Director of CCIFF, Chao Liu; Vice President of CCIFF, Yankui Qi. All of them are willing to fulfill their parts in the Canada China film exchanges and wish the 3rd CCIFF to be held in Montreal in September a full success.