The Beijing International Film Festival, which begins April 16th and runs through April 23rd, will have a more international focus than in years past as the Chinese film industry looks to expand internationally.
This year’s festival features 282 films, including international blockbusters and restored Hollywood classics, as well as international film industry heavyweights, including Paramount Pictures COO Frederick Huntsberry, Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron, MPAA president Chris Dodd, and Frozen producer Peter Del Vecho, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Hong Kong’s own John Woo, one of the most influential action filmmakers in the world, will chair the jury for the festival’s top prize, the Tiantan Award.
According to Variety, 260 international and local movies will be screened as part of the Beijing Film Panorama. The classic film screenings include Anthony Asquith’s silent drama Underground (1928), Roberto Rossellini’s influential Rome Open City (1945), as well as several restored James Dean movies that have been restored and will be seen in China for the first time.
Other screenings include 2D Imax of Mission: Impossible— Ghost Protocol, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster. 3D Imax screenings will include Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Avengers, and Gravity, as well as the documentaries Hubble, Under the Sea, Born to Be Wild, and Journey to the South Pacific.
The festival is also adding four new “units,” which are New Focus, “Forward Future” International Screening, Documentary, and Micro Film, according to ECNS.
The organizers of the Beijing International Film Festival expect this year’s festival to set records.
“The number of participating exhibitors in this year’s Beijing Film Market has reached 248, an increase of 20 percent; while the number of international exhibitors has increased to 125, exceeding the number of domestic exhibitors for the first time,” said Zhao Zhiyong, executive deputy secretary general of the BJIFF organizing committee.
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