Xiamen Another Sign of China Rising
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. [
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