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GPIFF Industry Forum kicks off dialogues on film co-production and collaboration

VANCOUVER, BC – The 5th Vancouver Golden Panda International Film Festival (GPIFF) held its Industry Forum in Vancouver on December 9, 2017. Based on the theme of Co-production, Distribution and Incubation, this year’s forum brings a lineup of industry leaders, speakers and professionals from all over the world to GPIFF for a series of speeches, pitch sessions and agreement signing ceremony.

Established guests addressed the forum about in-depth film collaboration and co-production, especially among Canada, China and the United States.

Jiang Ping, vice chairman and general manager of China Film Co., introduced the development of Chinese film industry and the positive trend in film co-production and collaboration between China and other partners.

Jiang Ping, vice chairman and general manager of China Film Co., introduced Chinese film industry and its will to participate in co-production.

With the same passion for promoting and supporting film co-productions, national project lead of Western Region and Ontario at Telefilm Canada John Dippong introduced Telefilm and its services as a funding agency and talked about working with Telefilm in detail.

John Dippong introduces Telefilm and its services to attendees.

Robert Wong, the vice president of Creative BC, suggested that British Columbia has its advantages in filmmaking when co-producing with others.

Robert Wong, the vice president of Creative BC, talks about advantages of B.C. in filmmaking.

Lawyer Miro Oballa presented a legal guide to Canadian co-production for attending filmmakers who are seeking for co-production opportunities.

Lawyer Miro Oballa presents a legal guide to Canadian co-production.

Another key player of film co-production is the United States. The secret of American films’ success lies in the unique emotional branding, according to Bo Svenson, a prolific American actor, producer, writer and director.

Bo Svenson, American actor, producer, writer and director, reveals the successful experience in combining art and commerce in filmmaking.

William Feng, the head of Greater China and vice president of Asia Pacific of Motion Picture Association, analyzed Chinese film markets thoroughly and pointed out that online videos will be a bright new field for the China-U.S. co-production in the future.

William Feng the head of Greater China and vice president of Asia Pacific of Motion Picture Association, introduces new visions of U.S.-China collaboration in film production.

On the other side of the world, the recovery of creativity in Japanese film industry still can’t offset the lack of budgets, according to famous Japanese screenwriter Kôsuke Mukai. Thus, cooperation with other countries is crucial for Japanese film industry to find a way out.

Japanese screenwriter Kôsuke Mukai urges worldwide film co-production.

To achieve these goals, there are no rules, said Stephen Nemeth, the president of Rhino Films. It’s hard to predict a film’s success or failure, but the excellent script and bringing it to life with the reasonable budget are keys to success.

There are no rules, says Stephen Nemeth, the president of Rhino Films.

Incubation of talented filmmakers is also indispensable for the film industry, according to Cookie Li, the producer of Project A at Alibaba Pictures Group. Li said Project A aims to support aspiring filmmakers worldwide by providing comprehensive services, resources, platforms, etc.

Cookie Li, the producer of Project A at Alibaba Pictures Group, aims to support emerging filmmakers worldwide.

Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Art and Culture, and Tim Stevenson, Deputy Mayor of Vancouver also gave greeting speeches to all attendees to welcome filmmakers coming from all over the world and encourage the development of the film industry.

Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Art and Culture, gives a greeting speech at GPIFF Industry Forum.

Tim Stevenson, Deputy Mayor of Vancouver, gives a greeting speech to Industry Forum attendees.

GPIFF Industry Forum not only gathers together high-profile industry leaders but also provides a platform for emerging filmmakers to showcase their talents and seek opportunities. At the inaugural Project Pitch Event, 10 groups of young film talents from Canada, China and the United States presented their film projects to the judging panel and audience.

School Has No Alien 2, a project pitched by young Chinese filmmakers, won the Market Star Award with $1,000 as a prize. The Creative Spark Award winner Vines is a co-production project between the United States and Columbia. Kaig, a documentary winning the Social Impact Award is also open to co-production opportunities.

GPIFF Project Pitch Event juror presents awards to emerging filmmakers.

At the forum, Orient Star Media signed agreements with Alibaba Pictures Group Project A and China Guangxi Satellite TV respectively to support aspiring filmmakers and high-quality film co-production.

An array of well-established film equipment rental companies, distributors and publishers, institutes as well as tech companies that shape the world’s film industry also joined the forum’s exhibition section. Attendees had a closer look at the industry from perspectives including film distribution, film production, special effects, interactive media and many more.

GPIFF Industry Forum is set for industry insiders to join in-depth dialogues and discussions with filmmakers from across the world. The Forum has been striving to bring together global film industries, encourage cross-nation collaborations and advance trans-cultural communications.