Brits visit Shanghai

Trade mission boosts U.K.-China ties

U.K. industryites including helmer Anthony Minghella are in Shanghai to take part in a London film and media trade mission to strengthen cultural and business bonds with the city.

The seven-day trade mission, funded by the British government, has been organized by the U.K. Film Council’s Film London promotional org, which has been quick to develop ties with the fast-expanding Chinese film industry.

The delegation includes reps from seven London-based film and media businesses: John Chang of KAI Computer Services; Andrew Keogh of Fresh Paint Pictures; Arjun Chatterji of Mangonoir Films; Jeremy Pelzer of Ealing Studios; Beth Sanders of Silk and Steel Prods.; Paul Raphael of Starfield Prods.; and Thu’ Nguyen of Minh Prods.

The official delegation is supplemented by Minghella, Nick Smith of Pinewood Studios, Colin Brown of post house Cinesite, Nik Powell of the National Film & Television School and reps from Film London, the Mayor of London’s Office, UKTI and the British Council.

The group, which arrived Monday, will visit Chinese studios and meet industry honchos as well as attending the Shanghai Intl. Film Festival. Fest is hosting a Minghella retrospective and screening a slew of London-shot films including “Closer” and “Match Point” in its London on Screen sidebar.

“Shanghai is one of the great international film cities,” said Film London CEO Adrian Wootton. “We are confident this mission will provide the opportunity to discuss real cooperation on a range of commercial initiatives and forge long-term educational and cultural links that will have great benefit to the capital’s industry.”

Shanghai industryites visited London in February.

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