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1st SCO Film Festival Opens in Qingdao

2018/6/17 9:23:16   source:sdchina.com

  The first SCO Film Festival opened on 13 June 2018 at the Grand Theater on the Star Island of Lingshan Bay in the West Coast New Area of Qingdao, Shandong Province, bringing together more than 1,000 people including delegations from SCO member states, as well as film artists, business insiders, journalists from home and abroad and local citizens.

  SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov sent his congratulatory message. Wang Xiaohui, Executive Deputy Director of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee and Director-General of China Film Administration, and Zhang Jiangting, member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Shandong Provincial Committee and Secretary of the CPC Qingdao Municipal Committee, delivered speeches respectively at the opening ceremony. The event was also attended by Guan Zhi’ou, member of the Standing Committee and Director of the Publicity Department of the CPC Shandong Provincial Committee, and Song Yuanfang, Chairman of Qingdao Municipal People’s Congress. Shortly before the opening ceremony, Wang Xiaohui, accompanied by Guan Zhi’ou and Meng Fanli, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Qingdao Municipal Committee and Mayor of Qingdao, met with the foreign guests.

  In his congratulatory message, Rashid Alimov said that SCO had attached great importance to deepening intercultural and interpersonal dialogue. As he put it, this Film Festival could be a perfect opportunity to showcase the Shanghai Spirit and the new trends and new ideas it upholds would contribute to the prosperity of film industries in the SCO countries and push cultural and people-to-people exchanges among the SCO countries to new heights.

  According to Wang Xiaohui, China’s initiation of the SCO Film Festival has received a strong response from all the countries, which gives expression to their desire for strengthening film cooperation and deepening people-to-people exchanges. He believes that taking the SCO Film Festival as a starting point, the SCO countries will do better in developing their film industries and boost filmmaking through mutual learning and further cooperation. The festival would do its part in forming the SCO community with a shared future and in promoting the global film industry.

  Zhang Jiangting said that as a side event of the SCO Qingdao Summit, the Film Festival had offered a platform for film exchanges as well as an opportunity for cultural exchanges, mutual leaning and people-to-people interactions. He sees great opportunities ahead for Shandong Province, Qingdao City and SCO countries to collaborate in culture, economy, trade, etc. The festival held in Qingdao has built a cultural bridge among the SCO countries.

  As an important side event of the SCO Qingdao Summit to promote cultural and people-to-people exchanges, the first SCO Film Festival is co-sponsored by China Film Administration and the People’s Government of Shandong Province, and organized by the Qingdao Municipal People’s Government of Qingdao with strong support from the SCO Secretariat and Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The festival will last for five days, divided into eight parts: the Opening Ceremony, the Closing/Awards Ceremony, Film Screening, Awards, the Film Cooperation Forum, the In-Focus Events, the Film Market, and the Cultural Excursion.

  To make the most of cultural diversity and different film styles, excellent films from 12 countries will be screened during the festival, including 23 films entered for competition and 55 films for screenings. All the entries are newly produced films over recent years and embody the high level of the film industry of each country, revealing the film characteristics and traditional culture of the SCO countries from different perspectives.

  In the principle of “diversity of civilizations, wonderfulness of equality”, the film festival sets up the unit called In-Focus Events and aims to deliver a country- focused presentation of the film culture. The five-day film event is going to present 12 “In-Focus”activities.

  The highest honor of the first SCO Film Festival, named as “Golden Sea Gull”,consists of six categories of awards, namely “Best Screenplay”, “Best Director”, “Best Playwright”, “Best Actor”, “Best Actress” and “Special Jury Award”. And the jury members are well-known celebrities of the film circle from SCO countries. All awards will be presented at the closing ceremony and the award ceremony of the festival in 17th, June.

  During the Film Festival, the Film Corporation Forum under the theme of “respecting cultural diversity and promoting film cooperation” will be held and all the film delegations and artists from the SCO countries will gather together to exchange and share their achievements of the film industry and probe into related issues, such as, how to deepen film corporation. Moreover, this film festival also sets up a section named “Film Market” during which the main film companies from each country will carry out film exhibitions, negotiate cooperation, and promote the mutual introduction of films to promote the common prosperity of the market.

  It is understood that the West Coast New Area of Qingdao is the ninth state-level new district approved by the State Council in 2014, and it assumes the two national strategic mission of revitalizing the country through the ocean and military and civilian integration. In 2017, the regional GDP reached RMB 321.3 billion, an increase of 11%, and the total amount was among the top three in all the 19 national-level new districts; its general public budget revenue was RMB 24.37 billion, an increase of 9.4%. The New Area is dedicated to building its international image as the City of Beer, the Capital of Film and Television, the Island of Music, and the Center of Exhibition. Among them, the film and television industry is forming a whole industry chain covering the upstream and downstream, and currently has more than 160 registered film and television companies. The Lingshan Bay Film and Television Culture Industry Area aims to build the world's top film and television studio and world-class film and television post-production base. The first phase of 30 top-level film studios, 24 set-up workshops, digital audio and video centers for post-production, and outdoor shopping malls have been put into use, together with the world's largest 10,000-meter studio, Asia's largest outdoor pool and blue screen, as well as the country's most advanced constant temperature underwater film studio and its world-class facilities; and the number of studios in its second phase will increase to 40.

  The leaders who attended the opening ceremony were the relevant representatives from China Film Administration and Administration Of Press, Publication, Radio, Film And Television Of Shandong Province, Wang Jianxiang, Member of the Standing Committee of the Qingdao Municipal Party Committee and Secretary of the CPC Working Committee of the West Coast New Area, Zhu Hua, Member of the Standing Committee of the Qingdao Municipal Party Committee and General Secretary of CPC Qingdao Municipal Party Committee, Sun Lijie, Member of the Standing Committee of the Qingdao Municipal Party Committee and Minister of the Publicity Department and Member of the Standing Committee of Qingdao Municipal Committee and Deputy Mayor Wang Jiaxin.

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