The goal of these meetings, which will bring together Chinese and foreign audiovisual professionals established in China, and French professionals working or hoping to work with China (directors, producers, theater operators, agents, distributors, TV and internet broadcasters, buyers and sellers): to take stock of recent Franco-Chinese collaborations (coproductions, content sales and acquisitions, postproduction and film shoots in France or in China).
Many French professionals will be present: representatives of institutions, such as Frédérique Bredin (President of the CNC), Jean-Paul Salomé (President of Unifrance), Hervé Michel (President of TVFI, the French television program exporters organization), along with high level French professionals such as Sidonie Dumas (CEO of Gaumont), Vincent Grimond (President of Goodfellas (ex-Wild Bunch International)),Richard Patry (theater operator and President of the FNCF), Xavier Rigault (founder of 2.4.7. Films and President of the APC - Association des Producteurs de Cinéma), Guillaume Hellouin (President of TeamTO), Jean-Luc Vernhet (Operations Director - Media Content Division at the INA), and Yves Jeanneau (Director of Sunny Side of the Doc and Asian Side of the Doc).
They will be joined by their Chinese counterparts, such as representatives of China Film Coproduction, Edko Films (producer of Dernier Loup, but also a distributor and operator of the Broadway theater chain and MOMA, an arthouse theater in Beijing), Fundamental Films (producer and distributor of, amongst others, Lucy by Luc Besson), Wanda (producer, distributor and China's leading theater operator), and Infotainment (distributor of, amongst others, Fly Me to the Moon).
This forum will broach the question of encouragement and support for shooting in both countries, the technical expertise available in the production field (animation, special effects, digital tools), as well as the development of and research into shared contents. Last but not least, the potential for dissemination and distribution of national productions and coproductions will be examined.
Alongside the main forum, individual meetings concerning 5 coproduction projects with French and Chinese experts will take place. These will enable more in-depth exchanges concerning the projects' applicability to the expectations of the French and Chinese markets, about possible partners, and the projects' financial and administrative arrangements.
At a moment when the Chinese market is on the way to overtaking the American box office in 2017, to become the leading world market, China is an essential partner for French audiovisual professionals. In fact, China was already the leading sales market for French cinema in 2015, with 14.7 million admissions, ahead of North America (14.4 million) and Mexico (9.4 million).
In 2015, 6 Franco-Chinese film productions were released in theaters, and numerous projects are underway in the fields of television, documentary, and animation.
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