The weeklong second Beijing International Film Festival closed Saturday night at the Beijing Olympic Park, with a concert featuring memorable classic film music. [Photo: China.org.cn]
Movie collaboration deals, worth a record-breaking 5.273 billion yuan (US$836.25 million), were signed. Moreover, deals concerning 3D technology, visual effects bases and micro film projects were negotiated. 2,000 professionals from 640 film institutions had meetings during the three-day business market.
John Textor, chairman of U.S. special effects company Digital Domain, announced he would introduce his company's technology to the Chinese market by launching a special effect base with Chinese film company Galloping Horse. Cameron is also working to forge relations with more Chinese filmmakers, and set up his 3D technology company Cameron Pace Group China headquarters in Tianjin, a city only miles away from Beijing.
260 foreign and domestic films, including Oscar-winning Iranian "A Separation", selected from 54 countries and regions, were shown on 504 screens across Beijing theaters during the festival. Many of these movies had never hit Chinese cinemas before. The "Film Carnival" allowed the visiting public to enjoy free exhibitions and movie screenings, as well as an Interactive Movie Technology Zone.
The birthplace of China's first film "Mount Dingjun", and home to many of the top names in the domestic film industry, Beijing had the ambition to use the festival as "an opportunity to share the country's film industry with the world and turn itself into a globally significant cultural capital," said Lu Wei, Beijing's Vice Mayor.
But however promising the future for the film festival may be, insiders still worried about the prospects for Chinese films and their positions on world stage.