Euro execs make the trek to Beijing

EPC organizes fourth forum in China

The European Producers Club is organizing its fourth annual forum in Beijing to bring together Chinese and European producers as well as potential buyers.

The Beijing Cooperation Forum will be held in the capital Sept. 23-26, in conjunction with the Beijing Screenings.

Based in Paris, the EPC is a lobbying organization, think tank and co-production coordinating body made up of 57 independent producers from 19 countries.

Led by EPC president Martin Moszkowicz, production topper at German outfit Constantin Film, a delegation of 17 producers will meet Chinese government officials and industry professionals to boost co-production opportunities and to nurture better mutual appreciation between European and Chinese producers regarding their industries.

The EPC is finalizing its choice of 10 films to be screened for potential Asian buyers.

Last year’s forum, held during the Shanghai Intl. Film Festival in June, resulted in Chinese distribution deals for two films out of the eight screened — “Miguel and William” from Spanish shingle Zebra Prods. and “Princess of the Sun” from Gaul’s Rezo Films.

EPC project manager Anne Appathurai is hoping to better that sales figure, but admits the Chinese market is looking more challenging this year for smaller European features.

Chinese buyers “have been turning more towards America this year, especially for blockbusters,” she said.

While admitting the world’s most populous country remains a difficult market for smaller foreign productions, Appathurai feels there is “definitely a small, but growing public for European films in China.”