SINGAPORE – 12 MAY 2011
A selection of five Chinese feature films, comprising award-winners and box-office successes, including the country’s most expensive animated feature, will debut in Singapore’s cinemas as part of the 2011 China Film Festival taking place alongside ScreenSingapore this June.
The five-day China Film Festival will open on 6 June with the critically acclaimed Deep in the Clouds (碧罗雪山), a love story set in the remote mountains directed by Liu Jie, which swept four awards at the 13th Shanghai International Film Festival last year, including Best Director, Best Music, Jury Grand Prize and Special Jury Prize. It will close on 10 June with Eternal Moment (将爱情进行到底), a box office hit in China directed by Zhang Yibai and produced by popular actor Li Yapeng, who also starred in the film opposite top-rated actress Xu Jinglei.
The film selection also includes The Piano in The Factory (钢的琴), whose male lead clinched the Best Actor Award at the 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival and Walking to School (走路上学), which was conferred Best Children’s Film at several festivals. Completing the line-up is The Dreams of Jinsha (梦回金沙城), a hand-drawn animation masterpiece that took five years and US$11 million to complete, and which was one of 15 films to qualify for the Best Animation Feature at this year’s Oscars. Together, these five films present a snapshot of China’s vibrant and diverse film industry and highlight a new generation of filmmakers exploring a variety of genres including romance, drama and animation.
The 2011 China Film Festival is organised by the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) and supported by the Film Bureau under China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), with the aim of promoting film exchanges between the two countries which signed a bilateral film co-production treaty last year. Following the 2011 China Film Festival in Singapore, China will host a Singapore Film Festival next year.
This is the second time that both parties are collaborating to host film festivals in each other’s country, following the inaugural Singapore Film Festival in Beijing and Shanghai in 2007, and the first China Film Festival in Singapore in 2008.
“In addition to reaching out to the movie-going public, these film festivals serve as platforms for filmmakers from both countries to meet and exchange ideas. We hope that co-hosting such film festivals will contribute towards cultural exchanges between China and Singapore, as well as promote the development of our film industries,” said Mr Yeo Chun Cheng, Director of Broadcast, Animation, Film and Music, MDA, and Director of Singapore Film Commission.
The 2011 China Film Festival is a co-located event of ScreenSingapore. To be held from 5 to 12 June 2011, ScreenSingapore is positioned as the country’s first international cinema event that brings together movie stars, renowned directors and eminent film industry professionals to exchange ideas, explore business opportunities and showcase film products. The week-long event comprises a trade show, conferences, master classes and nightly red carpet premieres.
The screening schedule for the 2011 China Film Festival is as follows:
Deep in the Clouds (碧罗雪山)
(Opening film - By invitation only)
|The Piano in the Factory (钢的琴)
|Walking to School (走路上学)
|The Dreams of Jinsha (梦回金沙城)
|Eternal Moment (将爱情进行到底)
All screenings will take place in Cinema Europa at Golden Village VivoCity. Priced at $5 each, tickets can be purchased at all Golden Village Box Office Counters and online at www.gv.com.sg from 19 May 2011. Please see the Annex for more details about the 2011 China Film Festival selection.
About Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA)
The Media Development Authority of Singapore (www.mda.gov.sg) promotes the development of vibrant and competitive film, television, radio, publishing, music, games, animation and interactive digital media industries in Singapore. It has developed an industry masterplan, Singapore Media Fusion 2015 (www.smf.sg) to advance this goal. MDA also promotes a connected society, consumer choice and a pro-business environment.
ScreenSingapore, an international cinema event from 5-12 June 2011, will see Hollywood premieres in Asia and showcase Asian content to the world. In addition, the weeklong event will be lined with a trade show, conferences and master classes. ScreenSingapore is a key marketing platform for the global film and entertainment communities to tap the vast potential in the fast-growing markets of Asia. ScreenSingapore is hosted by the Media Development Authority of Singapore, with support from the Singapore Tourism Board and the Economic Development Board. It is organised by Experia Events Pte Ltd. For more information, visit www.screensingapore.com.sg.