2nd China International Co-production Film Screenings
Kicking off with a special gala evening at Twentieth Century Fox’s Zanuck Theater in Century City, leaders from the American and Chinese film industries celebrated their continued efforts to co-produce films for the American and Chinese markets. Over the next week a series of Chinese co-production screenings will take place around the city of Los Angeles.
Christopher Dodd, Chairman and CEO, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox Film co-hosted the first screening, with special guests, Tong Gang, Director-General of the Film Bureau of China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television(SARFT), and James Cameron, director of Avatar and Titanic.
“Over the past few years, the film industries in the U.S. and China have committed to laying down stepping stones to building a successful partnership between our two great film communities,” said Christopher Dodd. “Appraising the relationship today, it’s fair to say that those stepping stones have become a firm and well-trodden path... as we look ahead to developing a truly globally-integrated film market within China, increased collaboration in the form of co-productions promises a bright future."
Tong Gang, who also led a Chinese delegation attending the screenings, said, “Our work with the MPA and its member studios has helped cultivate an ever-growing professional talent base active in film co-production, and I commend the artists who have brought us such a great variety of movies. We hope exchange programs and events such as this will allow American audiences to see more high quality co-production films. We also hope movies such as these will inspire more studios to participate in Sino-American film co-productions and in turn, continue to help elevate quality and standards.”
James Cameron, in his remarks said, “I think we all understand that the Chinese film market is growing so rapidly, not only as an internal market for its own filmmakers, but as a market for Hollywood films and international films to play there. It’s an incredibly exciting time. I’ve been to China a number of times over the last couple of years and I’m literally stunned by the rapid pace of change there, and the opportunity for those of us here and the filmmakers there to work together and really forge something new.”
The 2nd China International Co-Production Film Screenings is a week-long program developed by the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and SARFT, with the support of AMC cinemas, the Asia Society, China Film Co-Production Corporation, China Film Group Corporation, China Lion Film Distribution, Chinese American Film Festival, IMAX and MTIME.
The screenings began with the opening night film Hot Summer Days, a co-production between China, Hong Kong and Fox International Productions (US), directed by Tony Chan and Wing Shya. Other films featured include 33 Postcards, The Founding of a Republic, Love in the Buff, Ocean Heaven, and Painted Skin: The Resurrection.
On 29 October, IMAX held a special screening of the Hong Kong-China costume action pic Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, directed by Tsui Hark and starring Jet Li and Zhou Xun, at their headquarters in Santa Monica, Los Angeles.