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Great excitement for "My Place Is Here" which won two awards at Bif&est: Best Director to Daniela Porto and Cristiano Bortone & Best Actress in a Leading Role to Ludovica Martino.


Orisa Productions, together with Señor y Señora and Sakaya Producciones, is co-producer of the film UNA BALLENA, the debut feature by award-winning Spanish director Pablo Hernando Esquisabel.

ALTRI ANIMALI post-production completed

Post-production has been completed on the feature-length documentary ALTRI ANIMALI, directed by Guido Votano, a filmmaker who has worked with Orisa for years.

IL MIO POSTO E’ QUI – Literary debut and preview at the BiFest

In early March, Daniela Porto’s first novel IL MIO POSTO E' QUI will be published by Sperling & Kupfer, a profound and emotional story about a woman's redemption set in 1940s Calabria.

Filming of “IL MIO POSTO È QUI” has concluded

Filming of “Il mio posto è qui” has concluded. The film, written and directed by Daniela Porto and Cristiano Bortone, is based on the novel by Porto herself, soon to be published with Sperling & Kupfer.

“The Italian recipe” preview at the Casa del Cinema in Rome

After the world premiere at the Far East Film Festival in Udine, The Italian recipe was released in China on June 3, reaching more than 500,000 spectators in the first weekend of programming.

Sino-International Seminar – Bridging the Dragon and Marché du Film

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Chinese film market has continued to develop but in a general direction of independency and isolation.

THE ITALIAN RECIPE – World Premiere at Far East Film Festival

Co-produced by China and Italy, the romantic comedy by director Hou Zuxin will officially open Far East Film Festival 24! After the world premiere in Udine the film will be released in China in thousands of screens. Directed by Hou Zuxin, The Italian Recipe (La ricetta italiana) is the film which will officially…

Production start on “IL MIO POSTO È QUI”

Shooting of "Il mio posto è qui" will begin in autumn 2022. The film, written and directed by Daniela Porto and Cristiano Bortone, is based on the forthcoming novel by Porto herself. The story, set in rural Calabria in the late 1940s, tells of the friendship between a single mother and the local…


For the eighth consecutive year, the Sino-European producers' association Bridging the Dragon and the European Film Market will organise their traditional intensive program specifically focusing on China. The event will take place on the morning of 15 February 2022. Since the breakout of Covid, this huge market has been increasingly more difficult to approach than…

“ENNIO” by Giuseppe Tornatore – Theatrical release in Italy

After several minutes of applause at the film's premiere during the Venice Film Festival, the event film on the great master Ennio Morricone is finally ready for its theatrical release on 17 February, preceeded by a two-day public premiere on 29 and 30 January. Produced by Gianni Russo and Gabriele Costa of Piano…


In collaboration with Mallorca Film Commission, the association of Sino-European producers Bridging the Dragon will take the new edition of its annual Lab to Mallorca at the end of November 2021. The event is an immersive residential workshop focused on collaboration between Europe and China. The Lab has proven to be…

ENNIO by Giuseppe Tornatore – Special event at the Venice Film Festival

The event film on the great figure of maestro Ennio Morricone was greeted with several minutes of applause at the Venice Film Festival. Produced by Gianni Russo and Gabriele Costa of Piano B Produzioni, the film is a co-production between Italy, Belgium, Japan and China. Thanks to the efforts of Orisa…

An expanding international course

After the important experience of the film " Coffee " - the first official co-production between Italy and China - Orisa continued to expand its international vocation, with the support of Regione Lazio and the European Union, with the production of the movie " The Italian recipe ", mainly oriented…

Bridging the Dragon & EFM – Sino-European Forum

Curious about the TV & online streaming landscape in China? Want to know how to handle copyrights in this challenging market? Wondering how to make a documentary in China? For the seventh consecutive year the Sino-European producers' association Bridging the Dragon and the European Film Market will organise an intensive program specifically focusing on China.…


For the sixth consecutive year, the Marché du film together with the Sino-European producers association Bridging the Dragon will host an event on 12 and 13 July dedicated to China. In collaboration with Chinese production and distribution company CMC Pictures, this year's program will have a pioneering format with live…

The post-production of “The italian Recipe” has begun

Post-production of the film "The Italian Recipe" has begun. The international character of this production is also evident in this second part of the process, in which Italian, Chinese and German studios and professionals will work together.

“The Secret Talker” by Geling Yan adapted into a Movie

Renowned Chinese novelist and scriptwriter Geling Yan and Italian director - producer Cristiano Bortone have announced their collaboration on the adaptation of Mrs. Yan’s 2003 novella “The Secret Talker.” Set in Italy at the time of the US invasion of Iraq, the film is a romantic thriller that tells the story of a Chinese woman, married…

Coffee released in China

After the partecipation at the Beijing and Shanghia Film Festival, “Coffee” directed by Cristiano Bortone will be released on the 30th December in China in over 7.000 theaters. In the film play actors as Zhuo Tan, a star at home thanks to great art films such as “Spring Fever” by Lou Ye , (Palme d’Or for Best…

Call for entries: Sino-European Production Seminar

Bridging the Dragon and the European Film Market will present the 4th Sino-European Production Seminar on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 at the EFM Producers Hub, in Martin-Gropius-Bau during Berlinale. Like every year the event will gather European film producers with a specific interest in China and help them increase their knowledge on this exciting and…

“Coffee” at Cairo Film Festival

After the selection at Shanghai Film Festival and Beijing Film Festival, “Coffee” will be now screened at Cairo Film Festival (21-30 Nov). The festival is one of the most important event for the Arabic speaking market and it is the oldest and only internationally accredited cultural feature film festival in the Arab World, Africa and the Middle East. The director…

DVD release of the film “The Habit of beauty”

The DVD of "The Habit of beauty", the debut film by director Mirko Pincelli "The habit of beauty", is available from November 7th. The feature film marks the return to the big screen of actress Francesca Neri, alongside actors such as Vincenzo Amato ("Respiro"), Noel Clarke ("Star Trek - Into…

Fantastichini nominated for the Nastri d’Argento

The recognition continues for the excellent acting performance of Ennio Fantastichini in the film "Caffè", in which he plays Enrico, a disenchanted worker of a coffee roasting company who plans a robbery in desperate attempt to improve his life. After receiving the Pellicola d'Ora Award as Best Actor, he recently…

Call for Applications: Sino-European Project Lab

Six European and six Chinese film projects suitable for co-production or with a clear link for collaboration between China and Europe will be selected for the Lab.  Participants should be creative teams of director & producer OR writer & producer from Europe and China working on the development of fiction feature film projects (including animation but not documentary). The team shall submit a treatment…

Call for entries: China day a Cannes

After the success of last year’s edition, the Berlin-based Sino-European producers’ association Bridging the Dragon and the Marché du Film, in partnership with the CNC (Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée), will present the 2nd edition of the Company Meetings between selected international and Chinese film producers. The initiative…

“Coffee” at David di Donatello

On the 27th March were assigned in Rome the David di Donatello Awards. During the morning the candidates were received by Italian Republic’s President Mattarella and in the evening took place the official award cerimony. “Coffee”, the first official co-production among Italy, China and Belgium, received a nomination at David di Donatello…

From February 23rd “Caffè” available on DVD

From Thursday 23 February the DVD of Caffè will be on sale while it is already available on VOD on iTunes and Google Play. Through the common thread of a universal product like coffee, the film tells three stories set in three parts of the world that are very distant…

The 3rd Sino-European co-production seminar at the Berlinale concluded

Bridging the Dragon, together with the European Film Market (EFM), presented the 3rd Sino-European Co-production Seminar during the last edition of the Berlinale. The first part of the panel, moderated by Patrick Frater of Variety and organized with the support of Chinese Film Market, offered an updated look at the…

Nomination for “Coffee” at David di Donatello

“Coffee”, the first official co-production among Italy, China and Belgium, has received a nomination at David di Donatello Awards in the category of Best Producer.  The film was produced from the Italian production company Orisa Produzioni (Cristiano Bortone) and Rai Cinema, from the Belgian Savage Film (Bart Van Langendock and Peter Bouckaert) and from the…

3rd Sino-European Production Seminar

Bridging the dragon, the international association that connects the European and Chinese film industries and the European Film Market (EFM) present the 3rd Sino-European Production Seminar. The event, moderated by Patrick Frater of Variety magazine, is aimed at European producers and will include an update on the Chinese film market,…