值北影节汇聚国际影人之际，由龙跃中欧制片人协会与FIRST青年影展共同举办、伟世兄弟娱乐支持的“中欧影人交流派对”于2019年4月15日晚在北京FIRST电影馆举办。出席的影人包括来自和和影业、黑蚂蚁影业、阿里影业、大地影业、万达传媒、欢喜传媒、引力传媒、爱奇艺、华谊兄弟、Pinewood Studio、Perfect Village、Terra Mater Factual Studios等公司的业内同行, 以及来自多伦多国际电影节、远东国际电影节和各欧洲使馆的代表。
In the frame of the 9th Beijing International Film Festival, Bridging the Dragon and FIRST International Film Festival co-organized the Sino-European Networking Party, supported by VShine Brothers Entertainment on April 15. Film professionals from companies such as Hehe Pictures, Black Ant Film, Alibaba Pictures, Dadi Film, Wanda Media, Huanxi Media, Gravity Pictures, Hunan MangoTV, Iqiyi, Huayi Brothers, Pinewood Studio, Perfect Village, Terra Mater Factual studios, as well as representatives from the Toronto International Film Festival, Udine Far East Film Festival and other European institutions attended the event that took place on Monday evening in the FIRST Film Center.
Bridging the Dragon has established a long-term partnership with FIRST International Film Festival since 2015. Every year the producer’s association will select one project with international potential from the First Financing Forum for the Bridging the Dragon Special Producer’s Award. The project will simultaneously be invited to take part in the Sino-European Project Lab, an immersive think tank coached by writing and producing tutors from both sides with two modules happening in Beijing and in Europe during one A-list international film festival. Past projects include Mosaic Portrait, The Children, A Touch of Warmth and Shame. During the party, Cristiano Bortone, founder and managing director of Bridging the Dragon, stated that，“In recent years, growing attention has been paid to the Sino-European co-productions, and the overall situation of cooperation is on the rise. This party, in collaboration with FIRST, not only enables Chinese and European filmmakers to further interact, but also engages European professionals to exchange with young and talented Chinese filmmakers bearing international potential.” SONG Wen, founder of First International Film Festival pointed out: “The partnership between FIRST International Film Festival and Bridging the Dragon has become extremely valuable over the past years. FIRST looks forward to and will continue supporting young filmmakers to bring their works to the global spotlight”. The supporter of the event, representative of VShine Brothers, LIAO Yuanyuan added:“ VShine Brothers has both worked with Bridging the Dragon and FIRST. As a production company, VShine Brothers will continue creating content-oriented works with an international perspective.”
The amount of Sino-European co-productions is continuously growing. In March 2019, Italy’s accession to the Belt and Road Initiative raised the level of support for Sino-European collaborations. Before his visit to Italy President Xi Jinping published a signed article in the Italian press expressing his hope to see more Italian-Chinese cultural cooperation, also speaking in favor of film co-production. The fast-paced development of Chinese film industry and the more sophisticated audience created the demand for higher quality and diversity of films in the past year. However, only solid content and professional companies can survive the present market fluctuations. Regarding Europe, a number of high-quality imported films and remakes reached surprisingly high box offices in China and will stay in focus of future Sino-European cooperation.
At the same time, a new generation of young audiences with more international preferences is emerging, which can be seen especially during the Beijing film festival when American and European films sell out within seconds. Hence, it is extremely important for future Sino-European film cooperation to support young film talents and to cultivate the cultural language of the new generation. FIRST International Film Festival is committed to the discovery and promotion of emerging filmmakers and their early works. FIRST has concentrated on filmmakers’ first features and early works. A vehicle of film cultures, FIRST endeavors to embed film viewing cultures into daily life.
In the following year, besides providing membership services like consultation, liaison one-on-one meetings, etc. for film companies in both China and Europe, Bridging the Dragon will continue its official partnership with the film markets in Cannes and Berlin by organizing Sino-European themed events in order to provide more networking opportunities for both sides. Among them, the 4th Sino-International Company Meetings, hosted by Bridging the Dragon and Marché du Filmi is still open for applications. The next China session of the 5th Sino-European Project Lab will be held in the second half of 2019. Furthermore, the association will continue connecting more producers who are interested in working with outstanding European below-the-line talents through the “Bridging the Dragon Professional Talents” program.
As for FIFF，The film market segment including Financing Forum, Industry Screening, Forums, Industry Workshops, Producer Labs, etc., encourages more high-quality text and video content to actively enter the market chain and actively seek for viewing needs, and establish a pathway to the industry with the audience. Through public statements, internal viewing and one-on-one negotiations, the filmmakers and the industry professionals are guided to achieve professional, open and transparent video content transactions, and promote the value of various types of content, explore and release more possibilities with the cooperative model. In 2019, the FIRST Industry Screening submission channel has been opened. There will be 30 films and 15 film plans with commercial and artistic value to meet with industry professionals in Xining.