Chinese Film Talents Forum Launches in Cannes

Champs Lis International, Le Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes and China Film Producers’ Association welcomed six Chinese filmmakers, selected through the inaugural New Chinese Film Talents Fund Forum, and presented their feature film projects “Beijing Carmen,” “Fight & Kill,” “Flower of Blusher,” “Four Lives of the Willow,” “Love Changes the World,” and “Missing Father” during a press conference held May 21. Footage of all films was shown for the very first time to conference attendees as the directors and producers discussed their projects publicly.

One of the six Chinese directors, DONG Chengguang (“Love Changes the World”), was announced as the Winner of the New Chinese Film Talents Fund Forum's pitching session, which was held on May 20th.

Remarks were made by Jérôme Paillard, Executive Director of the Cannes Film Market while details surrounding the ‘New Chinese Film Talents Fund Forum’ and the six new films were presented by Michelle Lee, President of Champs Lis International.

The six young directors included WANG Fan (“Beijing Carmen”), WU Hongwu (“Fight & Kill”), MA Kan (“Flower of Blusher”), DAI Wei (“Four Lives of the Willow”), DONG Chengguang (“Love Changes the World”) and HE Ruibo (“Missing Father”), who were in attendance along with their attached producers to represent their projects.

The twelve Chinese filmmakers, supported by the New Chinese Film Talents Fund, came to Cannes to participate in a three-day pitch training session, held on Monday the 20. Internationally renowned producer Stefano Tealdi (“Meine drei Zinnen,” “Andiamo!”) led this training session to guide these twelve new Chinese filmmakers to discover the international film industry and tailor their films for the international market.

During their Festival experience, participants had the opportunity to present their projects to international producers, sales agents and film funds as well as set up individual meetings with them.

The New Chinese Film Talents Fund aims at encouraging and supporting promising young Chinese filmmakers in their understanding of the global cinema marketplace, of the commercial requirements of the film industry and of their approach to the international production business.

The New Chinese Film Talents Fund provides an amazing opportunity for new filmmakers to explore the movie industry and the international market. In the coming years, the organizers will strive to build this international platform in order to open a door to the international market.

About Champs Lis International

For over 15 years, Champs Lis International has been innovating and developing in the film industry and media area and is known for its presentation in the Chinese market of the best foreign films like Jacques Perrin’s "Oceans." Our contribution to the internationalization of Chinese movies and the establishment of a cultural bridge between China and the foreign cinema industry is highly recognized.

In addition, the company has a partnership with the “Marché du Film” of the Cannes Film Festival which it represents in exclusivity in China.

About Le Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes 

Since its inauguration in 1946, the Festival de Cannes has always celebrated passion for film.

Throughout the years, the constant increase in participants and new economic issues has made the Festival the annual meeting place for film industry professionals. The success of the event was such that the need for a space uniquely for professionals who had, until then, been dispersed throughout hotels, villas, and apartments in Cannes became apparent.

That is how the first Marché du Film came to be in 1959 with a few dozen participants and one screening room made out of fabric stretched across the top of the old Palais Croisette. This tiny market became the international event it is today: conceived, organized, and planned around one goal: the successful production of all films.

50 years later, the Marché attracts 10,000 participants who use this unique environment to debut and discover almost 4,000 films and projects in 34 screening rooms.

After the opening of Riviera in May 2000, followed by Lérins a few years later, a veritable hub for the film industry was created around the famous Palais du Festival and the “Village International,” where it became known as the place to promote international film. This evolution allowed the Marché du Film to host more and more visitors every year.

About China Film Producers Association

Registered at the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People's Republic of China and approved by the State Council of China.  CFPA was founded in May 1989, and joined in 1999 the International Association of Producers. CFPA is an organization of the industry community. Its main responsibilities and tasks are communication, coordination, research and services. CFPA is helping the Chinese movies to enter to the domestic theatrical market.

Source and Images Courtesy: Cannes Film Festival

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