Chinese and Foreign Film Producers' Summit was held in Beijing on Sunday. It was a part of the First Beijing International Film Festival. Many film producers and directors attended the summit.
Chinese and Foreign Film Producers' Summit.[China.org.cn]
Ming Zhenjiang, chairman of the China Film Producers Association, made an opening speech and expressed his good wishes for the promising future of co-productions.
Mike Ellis, president of the Motion Picture Association of America in the Asia-Pacific region, said that despite the desire to work together and the great potential gain, the level of uncertainty in China's business climate was "really difficult for visiting producers" working for publicly traded companies that must answer to investors.
The speakers of a discussion, hosted by Jiang Ping, director of Heshan Culture and Media, were: Director Gao Qunshu; Dahan Media's General Manager Ruan Wenwen; Sky Land Film's General Manager Du Yang; lawyer for independent filmmakers Corky Kessler; Bona Film Group CEO Yu Dong; President of China Film Promotion International Zhou Tiejun; and Producer Janet Yang.
They discussed cooperation models and shared their experiences. They said that a successful film cooperation model should be based on mutual understanding. They said such a model should consider both film markets. For example, if the producer only considers audiences of one country, he may get a box office hit there but not necessarily in China, these speakers said. And there is a long way for filmmakers to explore, they said.