Bei­jing, Toronto forge ties in cin­ema

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By Na Li in Toronto re­nali@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Tak­ing ad­van­tage of the global movie in­dus­try tal­ent gath­ered at the 40th Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee of the Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val (BJIFF) hosted a 2015 Bei­jing Night Re­cep­tion on Sept 11 in Toronto to pro­mote the 6th BJIFF com­ing next spring.

TIIF chair­man of the board of di­rec­tors Lisa De Wilde, art di­rec­tor Cameron Bai­ley, Chi­nese Con­sul Gen­eral in Toronto Xue Bing, Chi­nese di­rec­tor Jia Zhangke, and well-known di­rec­tors and film­mak­ers at­tended the event.

“China has be­come the world’s third-largest film pro­duc­ing coun­try, with nearly 700 films shot there ev­ery year in mul­ti­ple gen­res such as fic­tion, car­toon, and doc­u­men­tary,” said Chen Zhiqiang, vicechair­man of the BJIFF or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee. “As a cul­tural brand, BJIFF has seen five years of suc­cess­ful growth. Film­mak­ers from more than 50 coun­tries and re­gions, 340 Chi­nese and for­eign film in­sti­tu­tions, 14,000 Chi­nese and for­eign guests and in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als at­tended the 5th BJIFF.”

The 6th BJIFF, to be held next April, has of­fi­cially started to in­vite world­wide films to par­tic­i­pate in seven ma­jors sec­tions, in­clud­ing main com­pe­ti­tion unit Tiantan Award se­lec­tion, open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­mony, Bei­jing Film Panorama, Theme Fo­rum, Bei­jing Film Mar­ket and Film Car­ni­val.

“We warmly welcome all friends who love films to get to­gether in Bei­jing to en­joy the mag­nif­i­cent and beau­ti­ful places of in­ter­est in Bei­jing and ex­pe­ri­ence the bril­liant Eastern cul­ture,” said Huang Pei, deputy di­rec­tor of the BJIFF or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee.

Dur­ing the 4th BJIFF in 2014, a “Canada in Con­ver­sa­tion” speaker se­ries was launched fea­tur­ing TIFF CEO Piers Han­dling and artis­tic di­rec­tor Cameron Bai­ley in con­ver­sa­tion with cel­e­brated Chi­nese di­rec­tor Jia Zhangke.

Mean­while, eight Cana­dian films were fea­tured and Richie Me­hta’s film Sid­dharth won the Best Fea­ture Film Award. Also dur­ing the BJIFF, Tele­film Canada hosted a net­work­ing lunch with Cana­dian and Chi­nese film in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“TIFF and BJIFF has had a good re­la­tion­ship over the past year, we will con­tinue to work to­gether to ex­plore the mar­ket op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Cameron Bai­ley said at Bei­jing Night.

NA LI / CHINA DAILY

Guests gather at the Bei­jing Night Re­cep­tion hosted by the Or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee of the Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val (BJIFF) on Sept 11 at the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. From left: Huang Pei, deputy di­rec­tor of the BJIFF or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee; Chen Zhiqiang, vice-chair­man of the BJIFF or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee; TIFF art di­rec­tor Cameron Bai­ley; TIFF board chair­man Lisa De Wilde; Chi­nese Con­sul Gen­eral in Toronto Xue Bing; and Mrs Xue.

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