MPA-BFM Film Workshop Winners Announced at 4th Beijing International Film Festival

Filmmaker wins five-day film immersion course in Los Angeles

BEIJING/SINGAPORE – The Motion Picture Association (MPA) – Beijing Film Market (BFM) Film Workshop concluded on a high note in Beijing on April 19 with the announcement of the winner of the screenwriting master-class and feature film pitch competition.

Zheng Ye who wrote and presented the feature film project Momo, pitched his project to a jury of renowned local Chinese and international filmmakers and film executives. The film tells the story of a dog that spends his life serving loyally as a police dog and searching for survivors of an earthquake, set against the background of a community which attaches little value to the life and wellbeing of animals. Zheng Ye will join other emerging filmmakers looking to kick-start the next stage of their film career at a comprehensive immersion course in filmmaking in Los Angeles in November thanks to support from the MPA. Two high commendations were awarded to Li Haodong for his film Haze and Jiang Wei for California Sunshine.

Presenting the prize to Zheng Ye, Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), said, “The film and television industry in China continues to generate excitement and opportunities and is certainly the place for passionate filmmakers with stories to tell. I hope that your participation in the film workshop is of value to you as you develop your projects and share them with your colleagues in the screen community, and that one day we will see your movies in theatres around the world. I congratulate all of you on your work, and wish you all the best in your future endeavors in the film industry.”

 The two-day event, themed “Imagination”, opened with keynote speeches from Frederick Huntsberry, COO Paramount Pictures, Wang Liping, Deputy Secretary General of the Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) and Madam Zhang Xun, President, China Film Co-production Corporation. Their remarks were followed by a panel discussion featuring Carlos Saldanha, director of Rio 2, which had just opened to wide acclaim in China, Ye Ning, SVP of Wanda Culture Group, Andre Morgan, China/HK/LA based producer of Bruce Lee’s Enter The Dragon and Perhaps Love, Ellen Eliasoph, President and CEO Village Roadshow Pictures Asia, Harris Tulchin, Entertainment Lawyer and Producer The Devil’s Double, and Tracey Trench, Creative Director, Oriental Dreamworks. Moderated by Liz Shackleton, Asia Bureau Chief of Screen International, the forum explored the role imagination plays in both the creative and business pursuits of filmmaking.

The film workshop featured an afternoon of specialized masterclass lectures from Ellen Eliasoph, Harris Tulchin, Andre Morgan, and Tracey Trench, who provided the students with a deep dive assessment of developing, producing and financing feature film projects in China today.

On the second day of the film workshop, Ellen Eliasoph, Harris Tulchin, Andre Morgan and Tracey Trench were joined by producer Lucas Oliver Frost, and leading Chinese film directors and writers Gao Qunshu, Xue Xiaolu, Zhang Yibai and Beijing Film Academy professor Lin Tao to mentor new feature film projects at their early stage of development. The coaching sessions were aimed at preparing the filmmakers to effectively pitch and present their projects to various industry audiences. Eight finalists from the coaching session were chosen to take part in the afternoon feature film project pitch competition. Each filmmaker was given five minutes to present their film to the panel of judges.

The 2014 MPA-BFM Film Workshop was jointly hosted by the Motion Picture Association, Beijing Gehua Cultural Development Group and the 4th Beijing International Film Festival – Beijing Film Market, sponsored by The One Film Fund and supported by the Film Bureau of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China.

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