Cameron to attend Beijing fest, organizers say

Director to talk to Chinese filmmakers at co-production forum

BEIJING — “Avatar” producer-director James Cameron will attend the second Beijing Intl. Film Festival, organizers say, the latest sign of the growing muscle of the Chinese biz.

He will walk the red carpet at the fest’s opening ceremony on April 23 and hold talks with Chinese filmmakers at a forum on co-production, the China Daily reported.

The Beijing fest launched last year and had a successful start, quickly establishing itself alongside the Shanghai Intl. Film Festival as an important date on the cinema calendar in mainland China. The event is run by the Beijing municipal government and the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television.

This year’s fest, which runs for six days from April 23, will feature a market with 200 sales booths for both domestic and foreign firms, and also a program of forums and a projects market in collaboration with China Film Co-production Corp.

This year’s event is moving from the Beijing Intl. Hotel to a bigger venue. A much bigger one, as it takes place in the National Convention Center, which was used as the press center for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

It also looks likely the 3-D version of “Titanic” will bow in China on April 4, the same day as its North American preem.