BEIJING – The British Film Institute and the Mayor of London are to mount one of the U.K.’s largest ever series of events celebrating Chinese culture.
Running in September this year (Sept. 12-18), Screen China is set to be a public screening series at The Scoop, alongside the River Thames. It is expected to comprise the presentation of 8-10 Chinese movies, as well as a showcase of Chinese food and handicrafts. It is part of the Lord Mayor of London’s annual Thames Festival.
A ‘British Chinese Film & TV Summit’ will be held on Mon Sept. 15 at the British Film Institute’s South Bank HQ, and is organized by the BFI in partnership with the China Film Co-Production Corporation. A gala dinner and awards ceremony will take place the same evening.
This combination of activity, Screen China and the British Chinese Film & Television Summit, is also being organized by Allied China Europe Society (ACES) with its China partners the China Record Cultural Media Company and CTV Audio-Visual (Beijing) International Culture Exchange Centre.
The events program has the full support of China Film Fund and State Administration of Press Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) and China Film Co-Production Corporation.
“The initiative is designed to facilitate ties between the British and Chinese film and television industries,” organizers said.
Other British outreach initiatives towards China are also underway. The BFI is this week leading a film trade delegation to the Beijing International Film Festival and in February it held a tribute in London to top Chinese director Feng Xiaogang. The British Academy of Film & Television Arts is also on the way to establishing a new beach-head in Asia and has held a series of events and presentations in Hong Kong.