Academy, Industry Head For China-U.S. Summit

AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, PGA president Gary Lucchesi and Bill Borden, co-executive producer of Chinese record breaker “The Mermaid,” will line up among the speakers at the China-US Motion Picture Summit next month.

The inaugural event will take place March 25 in Grand Epoch City, near Beijing.

It is backed by Citic Guoan, Dick Cook Studios, and Film Carnival with the support of China Media Culture Promotion Association (CMCPA) and the Beijing Film Academy and is intended to “foster the on-going conversation and collaboration between the Chinese and American entertainment industries.”

Other speakers include USC School of Cinematic Arts Dean Elizabeth Daley, film maker and author Randall Wallace (“Braveheart,” “Pearl Harbor”,) producers Don Hahn (“The Lion King,”) Hawk Koch, Michael Nozik.

Betty Thomas, Stuart Ford, Bruce Hendricks, David Lee, Peter Dekom, Rance Pow, Clint Kisker, Stephen Scharf, and Cevat Yerli, founder of VR technology company Crytek, are among the other industry experts lined up by organizers Winston Baker.

The event will feature a major section on film industry hardware , the ‘Technology Experience,’ with exhibitors including Arriflex; virtual reality content company WEVR; BaseFX, China’s leading VFX company; camera maker RED; auto-stereoscopic 3D television set manufacturer Izon; drone and camera firm DJI; and Crytek.

“(Industry leaders) will share their insights on creativity, the art of great storytelling, making collaborative films with Chinese filmmakers, innovative co-production strategies, as well as how new technology will impact the future of making and watching movies,” said Dick Cook, chairman, Dick Cook Studios. “The Summit will inspire our next generation of creative storytellers and entrepreneurs.”

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