Bridging the Dragon, the platform seeking to forge closer strategic ties between film industries in Europe and China, has announced the first batch of 10 projects selected to participate in its Sino-European content lab.
The lab comprises five projects from Europe and five from China suitable for co-production or co-financing.
It will provide two, four-day residential workshops before the next Shanghai and Locarno film markets with writing and production-packaging tutors, one of whom is Huan Shu, author of box office smash “Lost in Thailand.” The tutors will provide guidance on story structure, believability of the setting vis-a-vis the other co-producing side, and feasibility of the co-production.
The European projects are:
Scandinavian teen romcom “True Beauty,” being produced by TrustNordisk and inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tales.
Dutch family film “Gizmo,” about the adventurous journey of an ambitious talking dog who is an advertising star, produced by Column Film.
France-U.K. film “The River Dragon Princess,” about a Chinese girl sent off to boarding school in Britain, produced by Christopher Granier-Deferre’s Poisson Rouge Pictures.
British adventure drama “The Navigator,” produced by a U.K.-South African outfit, about the first arrival in East Africa of Chinese admiral Zheng He in 1435.
German race car pic “The Speed Breed,” from Moviebrats Pictures, about an epic car rally across China.
The Chinese projects are:
Political thriller “The Proving Ground,” from Thunder Communications Intl., about a washed-up Chinese reporter and a European biochemist who team up to investigate claims of a biological weapons attack on Chinese soil.
Director Yiang Zhang’s “The Tribulation of a Chinese in China,” a funny fantasy/adventure pic inspired by Jules Verne.
Chinese director Xiaoxin Yang’s “Tofu Cheesecake,” in which romance and food bring together a modern Chinese city girl and a happy Swiss farmer.
Malysian/Chinese director Yoki Chin’s “King of Shadows,” an animated heroic tale about a young king, depicted in shadow play, a dying Chinese craft.
Director Jia Hu’s “Paris My Paradise,” about love and conflict dynamics between a Chinese and a Turkish family living in Paris.
Bridging the Dragon is supported by Creative Europe – MEDIA sub-program, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Italian Ministry of Culture (MIBACT), Netherlands Film Fund, BFI, Goethe-Institut China, D’Hive. Festival partners are the European Film Market, Locarno Film Festival and First Intl. Film Festival.