CHINA SHINES AT THE MARCHÉ
THE COUNTRY has become a major focus for the industry in recent years, and that reality can be seen reflected in the program of this year’s Marché. It builds upon Chinese relations established in recent editions of the market. The China program for 2016 will include a China Co-production Day on May 13 and a special New Chinese Talents pitching and mentoring event on May 16. There will also be not one but two China Pavilions in Cannes this year, the Eden Pavilion and the Wu Tianming-china Film Foundation Pavilion. Both are located in the Pantiero side of the Village. The Marché has established several partnerships with Chinese companies that help support the above events. One of these is with the Wu Tianming Foundation, which is part of the China Film Foundation, and is focused on supporting young Chinese producers. Established in 2014, it has set up a series of non-profit training programs for young filmmakers, and provides distribution support. It is also working with several festivals, including Cannes. Here at the Marché, they will be hosting five Chinese producers taking part in the Producers Network program, in addition to running the pavilion. These producers are Xiao Qiancao with the project Upcomingsnowstorm; Wang Jijie with Goneforever; Deng Sheng with Nobody; Shan Zuolong with Roadsidepicnic; and Sonam Rinchen Gyal with Lhamanandskalbe. Meanwhile, the Marché du Film and the Sino-european organisation, Bridging the Dragon, and the CNC, the French national cinema organization, are jointly hosting the China Co-production Day on May 13. Bridging the Dragon’s aim is to bring together European and Chinese film industries and their professionals. It was created two years ago. A panel looking at recent developments in co-production in China will include panelists Jerry Ye, the CEO of one of China’s leading film groups, the Huayi Brothers and Vincent Grimond, the President of Wild Bunch, which recently co-founded the China-europe Film Fund with China Film and TV Capital. The May 13 Co-production Day will also include a matchmaking event, introducing a selection of Chinese and international companies with a special focus on co-production; and a cocktail reception. One-on-one meetings will also take place that day. “Our aim is to spread among our professionals knowledge about the Chinese film market and encourage collaborations among companies from each side,” says Cristiano Bortone, the co-founder, producer and treasurer of the organisation. Bortone is the producer and director of the first Chinese-belgianItalian co-production, Coffee. He will also serve as a panelist. Liza Foreman
What are your Cannes highlights this year?
I’m very excited to show buyers our new Carrie Pilby promo in Cannes starring the fabulous Bel Powley! We also have two films screening for the first time: Juveniles and London Town. Always exciting and nerve wracking at the same time.
What is your mission in Cannes?
My mission is to sell our movies and eat well. We have a great slate at the market, in addition to Juveniles, Carrie Pilby, and London Town, we have Rita Hayworth With a Hand Grenade starring Elizabeth Banks and Yosuke Kubozuka, and we are in the process of announcing three new projects.
What is your focus for the coming year?
My goal is to continue finding and selling quality films like Carrie Pilby that we can bring to the next market.
FOR THE SECOND YEAR running, Kering, the French luxury group, is putting women in the film industry in the spotlight, with its Women in Motion program. Run in partnership with the Festival de Cannes, this year’s schedule includes a Presidential Dinner on Sunday May 15, when Kering will honor actresses Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon. The dinner will be created by the French chef, Anne-sophie Pic, the only female Three-star Michelin chef in France. The Opening Women in Motion Talk on Thursday 12 May 2016, will be given