The way to Chinese-German co-production treaty

The way to Chinese-German co-production treaty

October is a very intensive month for us full of exciting activities!

In collaboration with German Federal Film Board (FFA), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburgand Film and Bavarian Film and Television Fund (FFF Bayern), Bridging the Dragon is organising a delegation of  German film institutions and producers to the heart of the China film industry for 5 days starting from today! The purposes of the delegation are to provide delegates with an understanding of the Chinese market procedures and to follow-up on the Chinese-German co-production treaty.

Heads and representatives from film funds and such renowned German production companies as Pantaleon Films, Ziegler Film, Maze Pictures; top German independent producers as Real Film Berlin, 27 Films; top VFX expert Rise FX who is largely involved in numerous blockbusters; leading post-production house Cine Chromatix whose production arm is currently co-producing a sci-fi and a rom-com with China, Penned Pictures which has a special focus on China as well as K5 Film whose project is selected into Bridging the Dragon's Sino-European Project Lab.

The delegation is having bilateral meetings with major Chinese players like China Film Co-production Corporation, world largest theatre operator Wanda Pictures, New Classics Mediawho recently produced Chinese remake of Italian blockbuster Perfect Strangers that grossed over 80 million EUR in China, Gravity Pictures who co-produced the U.S.-China blockbuster The Megas well as world largest online video platform iQiyi, among others.

Peter Dinges, CEO of German Federal Film Board (FFA) notes "China is now the biggest market for European films. However, cultural difference and a lack of understanding still prevent the two industries from benefitting fully from each other. Representatives from German funding institutions and filmmakers coming to China gives us a great opportunity to increase knowledge of the Chinese film industry.”

The German mission will partly overlap with our yearly Sino-European Project Lab. We have unveiled the selected projects in our last newsletter. Now let's see who will be with us among the tutors:

Among this year's script tutors there are renowned figures like Sun Xiaohang, screenwriter of Ning Hao's big success Crazy Alien ($310M Chinese box office), Cha Muchun, screenwriter of Huang Bo's The Island ($190M Chinese box office), Roland Moore, head writer of the Chinese remake of the Channel 4 / AMC drama Humans, as well as veteran script doctor Norbert Maass

Among the production experts are a wide range of professionals such as Michael Frenschkowski from Austrian Terra Mater Factual Studios a branch of Red Bull; representative from major German film & TV production company Ziegler Film; Egor Borschevsky from the Ukrainian post-production arm of Film UA Group which has largely involved in such Chinese blockbusters as Looking Up, Kjetil Omberg from 74 Entertainment, the Norwegian commercial production house behind recent local box office hit Opportunity Knocks.

For the first time also producers from New Zealand like former CEO of New Zealand Film Commission Dave Gibson will join this inspiring think-tank. New Zealand can play a unique role in facilitating Sino-European collaborations thanks to its co-production treaties with China and numerous European countries.

From the Chinese side representatives of Gravity Pictures who co-produced Chinese-American co-production blockbuster The Meg, Cai Gongming from Road Pictures, who brought this year’s Oscar nominated Capernaum into Chinese cinemas which grossed $53M, Wang Yu from Ray Production who produced Jia Zhangke's Still Life and Berlinale Silver Bear winner's Crosscurrent.

We look forward to spending time with these gorgeous filmmakers! One of the projects of the Project Lab will be selected to attend H!Action Project Market of the Hainan Island International Film Festival in China and will have the chance to run for up to 6 million RMB of awards (approx. 770.000 €). Stay tuned to know more about the German delegation and which project will be selected for the H!Action Project Market!

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