Recap of the 10th French Film Panorama in Beijing

Recap of the 10th French Film Panorama in Beijing

The 10th Panorama event took place in Beijing from April 16-23, 2013.

After Beijing, the event will travel to Wuhan and Shenzhen in May, followed by Nankin, Xi’an, and Chengdu in June, to finally end up in Shanghai, where it will be held from June 15-23.

The Panorama's selection is composed of eight feature films and two short films programs.

For the first time this year, the French Film Panorama was integrated into the program of the Beijing International Film Festival International, in addition to which three French films features were presented in the festival competition and fifteen films were showcased in the International Panorama section.

A number of films from the French Film Panorama line-up were also presented at the Students' Festival organized by the Beijing Normal University.

This year's French Film Panorama in China was launched in Beijing on April 17 with a press meeting and a cocktail party that brought together a host of local movie professionals and artists who came out to support the event. The event was covered by around fifty media outlets, including China's major platforms (Qiyi,, Sina, Youku, LeTV), as well as the television network specializing in cinema, CCTV6. The Beijing leg of the Panorama opened on the evening of April 16 at the Beijing Normal University, in the presence of representatives from the city's major media (press and television) and the Panorama's delegation, with screenings of Camille Rewinds and A Monkey on My Shoulder. This was followed, on the evening of April 17, by the Beijing International Film Festival's inauguration of the French Film Panorama section at the Chinese Cinematheque, with a screening of Love to an audience of around 600 spectators. The complete line-up of films from the Panorama was presented at the Chinese Cinematheque, the MOMA cinema (the only art house cinema in China, controlled by the Broadway Cinematheque group), and various theaters around the city selected by the Beijing Festival. Each film was screened three times as part of the festival.

Representatives from the productions in competition were in attendance to present their films from April 21-24, with a meeting with audiences and a press conference held for each film.

As part of the Film Market and professional forums, a panel discussion was held on the subject of co-productions between China and France. The participation of Luc Besson in a forum on international co-production also provided an opportunity to highlight the importance of the particularities of co-productions with France. Two French projects were presented at the co-production project pitching sessions organized by China Film Coproduction. Other French directors (including Pitof and Philippe Muyl) and producers (including Thomas Langman and Frederique Dumas) also traveled to Beijing for the event to discuss future collaborations.
France's presence at the Beijing Festival was therefore particularly strong this year, in terms of the large number as well as the high profile of artists and professionals present.

Article by  Isabelle Glachant

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