Xi­a­men An­other Sign of China Ris­ing

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Draw­ing big crowds of spec­ta­tors and pro­fes­sion­als, the 8th Xi­a­men In­ter­na­tional An­i­ma­tion Fes­ti­val, held Aug. 21-24, is yet an­other ex­am­ple of an­i­ma­tion’s grow­ing mo­men­tum in China. Held at the In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence & Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­ter in Xi­a­men, a port city across the straight from Tai­wan, the event en­com­passed ev­ery­thing from the Cy­ber Sousa Awards and cos­play to comics and games el­e­ments, sym­posia and com­pe­ti­tions. Xi­a­men has de­vel­oped as a ma­jor hub for an­i­ma­tion in China, and is home to such sig­nif­i­cant com­pa­nies as Qing­niao An­i­ma­tion, Xi­a­men Domoko An­i­ma­tion, Fengyun An­i­ma­tions and DEYA. The Chi­nese fea­ture an­i­ma­tion busi­ness is rapidly on the rise over the last few years. In 2013, Chi­nese an­i­mated films tot­ted up about $250 mil­lion, which dou­bled to about $500 mil­lion last year and is ex­pected to reach $900 mil­lion this year. This year has seen the suc­cess of Tian Xiaopeng’s CG fam­ily film The Mon­key King: Hero Is Back, which has sur­passed ev­ery Amer­i­can an­i­mated movie ever re­leased in China. Rus­sia-based Wizart’s CG fea­ture The Snow Queen opened July 31 in Beijing, and ex­pand­ing to some 3,400 screens across the na­tion. Its suc­cess has prompted Wizart to part­ner with its Chi­nese dis­trib­u­tor — Flame Node En­ter­tain­ment, which pro­duced Mon­key King — to co-pro­duce the next film in the se­ries, Snow Queen 3. [

21Mary Blair was among the toon leg­ends born in Oc­to­ber — also Art Bab­bitt (8th), Art Clokey (12th) and Ol­lie John­ston (31st).

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