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Beijing Pulls Back The Curtain on New-Look Festival

Fernando Meirelles, Robert Mark Kamen, Peter Chan Ho-sun, Kim Ki-duk, Zhou Xun and Fedor Bondarchuk will sit on the jury of the upcoming Beijing International Film Festival (April 16-23).

They join Luc Besson, previously announced as jury president, and will decide the Tiantan Awards for the 15 competition films. Titles are to be announced at a future date.

This is the fifth year of the festival and the first under the artistic direction of Marco Mueller, a veteran festival programmer who has previously headed the Locarno, Venice and Rome festivals.

In addition to the competition, the festival will include six other main elements: opening and closing ceremonies to be held at Huairou, near where China Film Group has opened a production studio complex; the Beijing Film Panorama; a series of thematic forums; a film market; and a film carnival in downtown Beijing and at Huairou.

Seminars will take on topics including Sino-Foreign film co-production, international film group and on film aesthetics. They’ll be held at the downtown Beijing Hotel and the China National Film Museum.

The film market’s “Project Pitches” section sees heightened international cooperation this year. The Motion Picture Association has created an MPA Grand Prize to go with its MPA Project Workshop, while the market has added two further prizes to its continuing linkup with the Cannes Market.

The festival will expand its community outreach efforts and expand its use of new media, compared with previous years. Panorama films will be announced via social media, while a number of events will be streamed on the BJIFF’s official website, social-media platforms Weibo and WeChat, and online video sites Tencent Video, Youku, Tudou, iQiyi and Sohu Video.

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