The Sino-International Company Meetings at Marché du Film

The Sino-International Company Meetings at Marché du Film

After years of ups and downs, the world's largest film market is still hard to be predictable. During the last few months the Chinese film industry has been going through a rough time: the tax evasion scandals, the rising prices of production, the tightening of censorship and the overall economic slow down have created concerns among the investors and put on hold many projects. But, on the other hand, the box office continues to surprise with its numbers and a growing middle class demands more sophisticated and high-quality content. Western professionals are developing their approach to this market but many still lack in depth knowledge and a substantial personal network. Hence, the event aims to keep on introducing key players of the Chinese industry to a number of high-quality selected international production companies. Approximately 25 producers from all over the world will get the chance to meet their Chinese counterparts in order to build personal relationships and open the chance of future collaboration.

This year’s amount of applications has grown enormously, exceeding the number of 220. The final selection includes a rich array of producers recognized for their artistic or commercial success but - regardless of their different identities - all with a strong focus on China.

Among them are companies such as American Roadside Attractions, behind arthouse hits like “Manchester by the Sea”, Norwegian 4 1/2 Films who is currently producing Roy Andersson’s new movie “About Endlessness”, Anagram Sweden, one of Scandinavia's leading companies, Icelandic studio Pegasus Pictures who recently co-produced with China the TV series "Legend of Kunlun", Austrian production arm of Redbull Terra Mater Factual Studios, Spanish quality film house A Contracorriente Films or UK studio Cinestaan whose titles include the last Cannes-winner “Cold War”.

The same diversity is reflected in the selection of the Chinese companies that include representatives of bigger studios such Bona film group, state owned companies like 1905 Pictures, the production arm of China film group, veteran distributors like Golden dragon Pictures or Jetsen Huashi, independent production houses like Midnight Blur behind popular film blog Deep focus and animation studios such as Yi Animation filling the gap of the growing family entertainment market.

The Cannes event will have its kick-off on Saturday, May 18 with a Networking Party on the Scandinavian Terrace hosted by the Norwegian Film Institute, one of the international supporters of the association.

"Bridging the Dragon" is a Sino-European producers association. Through a year-long series of diverse initiatives that go from public talks, matchmaking get-togethers, immersive project labs and custom-made consultancy service for its members, it aims at connecting the Chinese and European film industries and facilitate the possibility of collaboration. The platform is supported by most of the European film funds, Creative Europe and it is official partner of the Marché du Film, the EFM and several film institutions in Europe and in China.

More information about Bridging the Dragon and the event: www.bridgingthedragon.com

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