2009-07-01 15:19:49[UPDATES]

12th SIFFORUM

 

The SIFFORUM of the 12th Shanghai International Film Festival will take place from June 14 to 19, 2009. With the message of “Chinese Approaches with Universal Values”, the SIFFORUM will consist of 12 seminars in four sections, including “President Lecture", "Keynote Seminar", "Film Roundtable" and "Master Class", in the hope of setting up a platform for industry people to exchange and cooperate, and providing a vision for industry development.

 

Part One: President Lecture
Being initiated by SIFF, President Lecture is specifically designed for the jury president who is regarded as the spiritual leader of the event and represents the interpretation and cognition of the prevailing cinema. The section will provide a platform for the jury president to share his perspective of cinema with industry professionals and amateurs.


Part Two: Keynote Seminar
The major element of the seminars is to gather industry expertise to have brainstorms about the hot topics of the industry. In the context of the global financial crisis of 2008, Chinese film market has, nevertheless, risen up against the downturn and aroused universal attention. Is this growing market going to be the new point of growth of the world cinema? This year’s Keynote Seminar will look at the challenges of Chinese film industry, which is now undergoing continuous expansion, from three aspects: interaction between market and productivity, capital operation mechanism of creative industry, and strategies for Chinese-foreign co-production with different budgets.

Part Three: Film Roundtable
Designed to provide dialogue opportunities in equality, Film Roundtable focuses on professional operations and practices, sharing instructive experiences with the topic “Multi Approaches for Asian Regional Cooperation”. At the same time, it allows the participants to discuss film concepts and creative trends with insight on subjects like “Heritage and Deconstruction of New Wave”, “Special Perspective of Women’s Films”, and “Creative Choice of Commerce and Standpoint”. This section is designed to provide the most open platform for industry and content improvement.


Part Four: Master Class
This year's Master Class will be an occasion for living masters to pay homage to the late master and his epoch, under the name of "a retrospect of director Xie Jin". It is also to train the masters-to-be with tailored session on financing and production of short films, and to get Quincy Jones to voice his perspective of film and music. Master Class aims to provide as many opportunities as possible for young talents from different countries to have conversation with masters.

 

Part one:
 
President Lecture: Make Simple Films
Time: 10:00-12:00, June 18
Venue: Jin Jue Ballroom, Crowne Plaza Hotel
Brief:
Film making is a complicated endeavor, particularly in modern society where film production tends to get involved in more and more territories and channels of financing and marketing. After all these, film content itself seems to have been ignored to some extent. However, Danny Boyle, the jury president of this edition, has been renowned for his concern for reality and solicitude for life. He has set up a new sample for the world industry with his formula of low budget and high quality.
Leading Panelist:

Danny BOYLE, Jury President of 12th SIFF
Guest Panelists:

Stephen DALDRY, Director
JIANG Wen, Director
Moderator
Phil AGLAND, Director

 

 

Part two:

 

Keynote SeminarI. Made in China: What Kind of Films Does the Domestic Market Want?
Time: 13:30-16:00, June 14, 2009
Venue: Forum Hall,
1F, W2, Shanghai Exhibition Center
Brief:
The year 2008 grossed a box office of RMB4.3 billion and cropped over 400 feature productions, which overshadowed all other industries. It seems that the golden decade of Chinese cinema is approaching. Well, have we got the market prepared? Particularly as most of the 406 feature productions last year were not theatrically released, we have every reason to raise the questions: How does a healthy market digest films of multi genre and different budgets? How will the creative resources and enthusiasm face up with market choice and challenge? Is it necessary that all creative resources be transformed into productivity? How can we keep the market demand and creative power in balance? And how long will it take for medium/low budget films to reach the market? This session may serve as wind vane for the coming golden decade of Chinese cinema.
Panelists:
WANG Xiaoshuai, Director
LU Chuan, Director
NING Hao, Director
WEI Te-Sheng, Director
YU Dong, President of Bona International Film Group, President of Beijing PolyBona Film Distribution Co., Ltd.
GAO Jun, Vice President, Beijing New Film Association
CHEN Guowei, Vice President, Wanda cinema Line Corporation
Moderator:

ZHANG Guoli, Director, Actor, Producer, Dean of Meishi Film Academy of Chongqing University

Keynote Seminar II. The Soft Power: Financial Innovation Expansion
Time: 13:30-16:00, June 15, 2009
Venue: Forum Hall,
1F, W2, Shanghai Exhibition Center
Brief:
With increasing investment modes and growing production sizes, there has been much room left to raise and enhance the industry in this country. In the U.S where the world's most matured industry exists, the mode of financing in east coast and filming in west coast has been prevailing for decades. In
UK, government provides fund for creative industry which enables London to be the world's creative industry center and largest shooting location. And this has in turn stimulated the city's growth. Apart from them, the Hong Kong SAR government has been continuously supportive to local film industry in various ways. The rapid growth of mainland film industry has presented a great demand for financing channels, funds and financial products. Unfortunately, such services are not available yet in the local creative industry. Where is the second "New York" for Chinese film industry? Will it be Beijing, Shanghai or Hong Kong? Or simply other city? This section is supposed to help the local industry as well as the metros, which have the intention to support the creative industry, to work out the future landscape of financial creation and management.
 
Panelists:
Dan GLICKMAN, Chairman and CEO, Motion Picture Association of America
Patrick McGOVERN, Founder and Chairman, International Data Group
Stephen SALTZMAN, Attorney at Law, Loeb & Loeb LLP
Wellington FUNG, Secretary-General, Hong Kong Film Development Council, Head of Hong Kong Film Fund
Levin ZHU, CEO, Chairman of Management Committee, Managing Director, China International Capital Co., Ltd.
Neil SHEN, Founding and Managing Partner, Sequoia Capital China
DONG Ping, Chairman of the Board, China Entertainment & Media
Bill KONG
, President of Hong Kong Edko Films Co., Ltd., Investor of Irresistible Films
WANG Zhongjun, Chairman and CEO, Huayi Brothers Media Co.,Ltd.
Moderator:
WANG Ran, CEO, China eCapital Corporation

Keynote Seminar III. Chinese-Foreign Film Co-production Forum—Chinese Value: Opportunity and Strategy over the Financial Recession
Time: 9:30-12:00, June 16, 2009
Venue: Forum Hall,
1F, W2, ShanghaiExhibitionCenter
Brief:
Looking back to the year 2008, people would reckon that it was an ordeal for all industries across the world. Nevertheless, the Chinese box office incredibly enjoyed a 30% growth last year. Being the major part of Chinese domestic cinema, co-production film has been playing a key role in the local cinema landscape Those who grossed over hundred-million-yuan box office in 2008 were all co-produced. Chinese cinema boasts the most potential talents and resources, which have aroused great interests from overseas producers and investors. Facing the economic downturn, Chinese market is getting more attempting to investors both at home and abroad. What can we expect from co-production business after successive market growth over the past years? Are there different approaches applicable to Chinese-foreign co-productions with different sizes of budget? What co-productions have been well received by different marketplaces across the world? This seminar will look at the opportunities and strategies of Chinese-foreign co-production over the financial recession.
Greeting Message
by LA Peikang, Deputy Director-General, Film Bureau, SARFT
Panelists:

HAN Sanping, Chairman of China Film Group Corporation, Director of China Film Producer Association, Vice Chairman of FIAPF
Bennett WALSH, Producer
CHEN Hong, Producer
Julian ALCANTARA
, Producer
ZHANG Zhao, President, Enlight Pictures Corporation
Gordon CHAN, Chairman, Hong Kong Film Awards
REN Zhonglun, Chairman, Shanghai Film Group Corporation
John WOO, Director
ZHANG Xun, President, China Film Co-production Corporation
Moderators:

JIANG Ping, Vice President, China Film Group Corporation
ZHANG Xun, President, China Film Co-production Corporation
 

Part three:
 
Film RoundtableI. Multi Approaches for Asian Regional Cooperation
Time: 9:30-12:00, June 15, 2009
Venue: Forum Hall,
1F, W2, ShanghaiExhibitionCenter
Brief:
Asian Producers' Network aims to strengthen collaboration among Asian film producers. Thanks to identical cultural backgrounds, such collaboration, particularly among Chinese, Japanese and South Korean counterparts, enjoys great advantages, linking marketplaces and common creative resources of the three territories. This may lower investment risk by big margin. Nevertheless, there are different rules and applications prevailing in different countries. The APN session will not only present the resourceful Asian production houses experienced in regional co-production and Chinese film companies/studios who are able to get involved in co-production or service-based assistance, but also share with industry people the experiences of Chinese-foreign co-production.
Moderator:

WANG Zhonglei, President, Huayi Brothers Media Co., Ltd.
Panelists:
Satoru ISEKI, Producer
HUANG Jianxin, Director
Julian ALCANTARA, Producer
YI Chi-Yun, Producer
YU Dong, President of Bona International Film Group, President of Beijing PolyBona Film Distribution Co., Ltd.

Film Roundtable II. Fifty Years on New Wave: Heritage or Revolution?
Time: 9:30-12:00, June 16, 2009
Venue: Yin Xing Hall, Crowne Plaza Hotel
Brief:
The French New Wave has influenced generations by revolutionizing Hollywood film industry and aesthetics, focusing on innermost feelings of filmmakers, and emphasizing the camera as director's pen in hand. In this campaign, numerous talented French directors, such as Jean Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut and Alain Renais, are well remembered in the history of world cinema. The New Wave campaign has also influenced Chinese cinema significantly. The film language of 4th and 5th generation in
China echoed that of the New Wave. Young film directors like Wang Xiaoshuai, Jia Zhangke grew up watching New Wave films. How things have changed. Fifty years on, is the New Wave concept still applicable? Or has it prevented French and Chinese cinemas from going further? Do we still need the New Wave concept in creation? If yes, what are we going to accept or reject? This session will certainly serve as a constructive push to world cinema as well as Chinese film creation.
Moderator:
XU Feng,  Film Historian and Critic
Panelists:
Jean-Michel FRODON, Chief Editor of Cahiers du cinemas
Chris BERRY, Independent Film Critic
JIA Zhangke, Director
PANG Ho-Cheung, Director
WEI Te-Sheng, Director

Film Roundtable III. Female Filmmakers' Roundtable: Another Perspective

Time: 14:00-16:30, June 18, 2009
Venue: Yuan Tianfan Auditorium, Fudan University (Room 102, East Wing, Guanghua Tower)
Brief:
Since the 1990s, a new generation of Chinese woman directors has been emerging, presenting different film styles, and established themselves both in commercial and independent film making. Being female, at the background of
China's transition period, they made a unique cinematic phenomenon and received wide attention from both at home and abroad. This session will discuss their achievements, experiences, as well as puzzlement.
At the session, Jia Zhangke, one of the two moderators, will converse with the woman directors as the opposite gender to present man's perspective of his counterparts. The other moderator Zhao Jing, author of Interviews with Chinese Woman Directors which took her two years to finish, will share with the panelists about her thought as film critic.
Moderators:
JIA Zhangke, Director
ZHAO Jing, Journalist, Film Critic, Screenwriter
 
Panelists:
Naomi KAWASE, Director
Christina YAO, Director
Faye YU, Direcor, Actress
LIU Jiayin, Director
YIN Lichuan, Director, Writer

Film Roundtable IV. Commerce and Standpoint: Left or Right--Special Session of Asian New Talent Award
Time: 13:30-15:00, June 19, 2009
Venue: Yin Xing Hall 1, Crowne Plaza Hotel
Brief:
There are two options for young directors to choose after their unveiling at international arena: continue to pursue their artistic attainment for further breakthrough, or turn to the market for commercial success. Which way will be more worthwhile to choose? Facing up with dazzling film festivals, personal creative standpoint and commerce, young directors need to make their choice. What to choose? How to get prepared? What can they get from film festivals? Is there any midway for them to keep their characters while going commercial? The four Chinese winners of Asian New Talent Award will get together to share with the audience about their failures and successes to mark the 5th anniversary of the Award. 
Moderator:
Maggie LEE, Asia Head Reviewer, The
Hollywood Reporter
Panelists:
ZHU Wen, Director
SHENG Zhimin, Director
NING Hao, Director
CAO Baoping, Director

 

 

Part four:

 

Master Class I. Fable of an Era: Xie Jin in the View of His Friends
Time:13:30-15:30, June 14, 2009
Venue: Shanghai Library
Brief:
Film director Xie Jin was a master who exerted great impact on Chinese people for decades with his films. He is regarded as industry icon in the emancipation campaign starting from the 1980s, which is the second of its kind since the May Fourth Movement in 1919. His films which featured time mission with "local" cinematic language have enjoyed the largest audience in the country's history. At the same time, he combined the elements of socialist realism and
Hollywood melodrama to create a mixed genre of "political melodrama", which enables him to keep in balance in terms of politics and the public, history and family, ethics and humanity. This has brought him great honor from the world industry. To commemorate the master who passed away last year, the film masters and pros from different parts of the world who were his collaborators and close friends will gather to memorize him.
Panelists:

IM Kwon-Taek, Director
PAI Hsien-Yung, Writer
ZHANG Jianya, Director
Moderator:
ZHANG Yiwu, Professor and Instructor of Ph.D.s, Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Peking University

Master Class II. First Step for Financing: Convince Your Investor
Time: 13:30-17:00, June 15, 2009
Venue: Hall 1,
3F, W2, ShanghaiExhibitionCenter
Brief:
Along with the growing commercialization of Chinese film industry, young filmmakers are getting more frustrated in financing and management of film production. The film schools in
China have been as always emphasizing film study and production only. There are no courses on film financing and management tailored for students. We'll have a world-level trainer to give lectures on pitching skills and industry practices on case-by-case basis.
Panelist:
Roshanak Behesht NEDJAD, Producer

Master Class III. Masters-to-be: Talent Campus—SIFF's Two-Way Channel for Young Talents
Time: 13:30-16:00, June 17, 2009
Venue: Yin Xing Hall 1, Crowne Plaza Hotel
Brief:
The Talent Campus of Berlinale has provided numerous young filmmakers from different countries with opportunities to meet masters and enter the industry. Similarly, in the recent editions SIFF has provided various platforms for young talents, through such programs as International Student Shorts Award, Asian New Talent Award and China Film Pitch & Catch, in the hope of guiding and supporting the young filmmakers. This year we have combined two sections into one with the aim of a bigger platform for young people from different countries to start business and achieve success. The chief of Talent Campus will be at the venue to voice the tips of getting known by world industry.
Panelist:
Matthijs Wouter KNOL, Program Manager, Berlinale Talent Campus



Master Class IV. Multitalented Master: Quincy Jones about Passion
Time: 14:00-16:30, June 19, 2009
Venue: Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, Fudan University
Brief:
Quincy Jones, the most talented musician of pop, R&B and RAP music, has been successful both critically and commercially since the 1970s. A winner of 27 Grammy Awards, he has composed music for 33 films, among which many are significant ones and 7 have won Oscar nomination for best music. Being such an influential musician in
Hollywood, Quincy Jones has also eraned fame as a producer. Then how does he integrate various elements of film and music into harmony? Where is the endless passion and inspiration for his creation from? Actually, all the professionals and the-would-be will be challenged with the same questions
Panelist:
Quincy JONES, Musician, Composer, Producer 

Moderator:
Yue-Sai KAN, Founder of Yue-Sai Brand Cosmetic, Well-known TV Host

 

 

 

 

 

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