Magazine article Screen International

BFI Plans Year of UK-China Activities

Magazine article Screen International

BFI Plans Year of UK-China Activities

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Industry delegation will go to Beijing film festival in April.

The BFI is unveiling a year-long special collaboration between the UK and China, which will include business, trade, creative and cultural initiatives.

This news comes as a UK-China Co-Production Treaty is being finalised.

The BFI, which will bring its Chinese activities together under the banner Electric Shadows, is working alongside a range of key partners including the British Council, DCMS, UKTI and the GREAT Britain Campaign.

China is a key priority in the BFI's International Strategy. The news today was announced at the BFI's final Film Forever Roadshow at BFI Southbank in London.

Electric Shadows will include Feng Xiaogang [pictured] visiting the BFI in February, including a gala screening of Back to 1942 with an on-stage interview with Feng on Feb 21. Other films by Feng, including If You Are The One, Assembly and Aftershock, will be programmed as part of the BFI's Spectacular China season.

The BFI and British Council will work on the UK's presence at Filmart in Hong Kong as well as bringing a trade delegation to the Beijing International Film Festival in April. There will also be a UK film focus at BIFF.

From June to October, the BFI will host the A Century of Chinese Cinema programme, in partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival. Highlights of that programme will include The Goddess, Street Angel and In The Mood For Love. Also, the BFI will send a restored collection of rare early non-fiction Chinese films from the early 1900s from the BFI National Archive to screen in Beijing and potentially in other Chinese cities.

Amanda Nevill, BFI CEO, said: "China is becoming one of the most important cultural and economic partners for film and is a key territory in the BFI's international strategy for film.

"With this celebratory year, the BFI puts words into action by presenting a programme packed with dynamic economic, creative and cultural partnerships to foster this hugely important territory and the largest and fastest growing film audience in the world. …

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