US expo to give fresh impetus to coproductions with China

US expo to give fresh impetus to coproductions with China

The fourth annual US-China Film & TV Industry Expo will be held in Los Angeles in October, it was announced on Wednesday at the ongoing Beijing International Film Festival. The Great Wall, starring American and Chinese actors and actresses, makes a positive contribution to Sino-US film cooperation. [Photo provided to China Daily] Activities like a film students’ exhibition of their works, technical workshops, film funding seminars, and television industry panel discussions will be held over Oct 19-20, and a forum on US-China film industry cooperation will be organized on Oct 30. Coproduced films will be screened on Oct 30 and 31. According to Bianca Chen, initiator of the expo, the event will not only explore possible story ideas for cinematic coproduction but financing as well. The Gold Screen Awards-for coproduced films as well as individuals and companies making special contributions to coproduction-will also be given out during the expo. Chen says more than 100 scripts for Sino-US film coproductions were incubated since last year’s expo, and eight of them will be made into films that will be released globally. A sci-fi work and an animated movie are scheduled to be released in late 2019 or early 2020. Miao Xiaotian, president of China Film Coproduction Corp, says: “As a blockbuster with a big budget, The Great Wall made a positive contribution to film coproduction between China and the US. “But I don’t think blockbusters will be the dominant genre of coproductions in the future. The cooperation will also offer opportunities for diverse g…