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Conference Marks Growing China Influence in Cannes Market

Executives including Jeffrey Chan (Bona Film Group), Chen Sijie (SMG Pictures), Lionsgate Intl.’s Wendy Reeds, Li Yansong (iQIYI) and Allen Zhu Huilong (Youku Tudou Inc.) will take part in a major China Summit hosted by the Cannes Market on May 18.

The conference series kicks off on May 16 with introductions by Frederique Bredin of France’s CNC and Yin Fu of the China Cultural Center in Paris, followed by two roundtable panel discussions involving Unifrance’s Jean-Paul Salome, China-based producer Isabelle Glachant, Wanda’s Cary Cheng, Gary Mak of Broadway Cinematheque and Zhang Rengang of the Tianjin North Film Group.

Variety is co-sponsor of the summit series and is the sponsor of the China Night party that rounds off the series on May 19.

“With the increasing global interest in China’s film industry, combined with the increasing presence of Chinese executives at the Marche du Film, this exclusive three-day series of conferences and events will help promote business opportunities and international partnerships among professionals. It will cover all aspects of partnerships with China, from international co-productions and French-Chinese collaborations to theatrical and VOD distribution,” said Cannes Market (Marche du Film) executive director Jerome Paillard.

The summit will also include the third edition of the project-funding event New Chinese Film Talents Fund Forum. In addition to raising funding for independent features, the event is intended to support promising young Chinese filmmakers in their understanding of the global cinema marketplace. Eight projects, selected by a committee of international experts, will be pitched on May 18.

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