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2020 SIFFORUM Agenda

 

 

The 23rd Shanghai International Film Festival Opening Forum

Broadcast time | 19:00-21:00, Saturday, July 25
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Moderator
Huangfu Yichuan | President of China Film News and Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Cinema

Topic 1
Facing the grave pandemic, the film industry is in urgent need of long-lasting favorable conditions and environment to invigorate, cohere and inspire creation. At this Forum, leading figures in the sector of Chinese filmmaking are invited to discuss how to actively and effectively resume work, improve the quality of film production, and enhance the core competitiveness of the industry, thus contributing to a sound civilization foundation for the comprehensive construction of a moderately prosperous society.

Guest Speakers
CHENG Wu (Edward Cheng) |  Vice President of Tencent,Chief Executive Officer of China Literature Limited,Chief Executive Officer of Tencent Pictures
Frank Fu | China Film Co.,Ltd. Vice President/CEO,Huaxia Film Distribution Co.,Ltd. Chairman
Jerry Li | VP of Alibaba Group, President of Alibaba Pictures
Wang Changtian |  Chairman of Enlight Media
Wang Jianer | Chairman of Shanghai Film Group
Dong Yu | CEO of Bona Film Group

Topic 2
How to draw inspiration from traditional Chinese culture and present national characteristics in films, expand film genres and encourage artistic innovation, or fuse mainstream ideology into commercial value… These are the obstacles in front of China’s filmmaking industry. Bearing in mind that "content is king", filmmakers are thus aimed at telling Chinese stories and lifting Chinese films from "plateau" to "peak". This Forum invites three established film directors to envision the future of film production in China.

Guest Speakers
Huang Bo | Director, Actor
JIA Zhang-ke | Director, Producer & Writer
MUYE WEN | Director, Screenwriter


Documentary Filmmakers at the Pandemic Frontline

Broadcast time | 19:00-21:00, Tuesday, July 28
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This Forum is joined by makers of documentaries themed on the COVID-19. They will share how they recorded the silent yet firm defense by Chinese people in this battle.

Moderator
LU Xinyu | Scholar, Dean of School of Communication, East China Normal University

Guest Speakers
Fan Jian | Documentary Director
Fan Shiguang | Documentary Director, Head of the Center for Documentary of Radio and Television Shanghai
Lin Chen | Vlogger, Short Film Director
Qin Xiaoyu | Director, Poet, Literary Critic, Founder of MeDoc
Takeuchi Ryo | Documentary Director


Genre Filmmaking and Auteurist Expression

Broadcast time | 20:00-22:00, Wednesday, July 29
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As China's film industry sees continuous expansion, the audiences are having increasingly segmented demands for content, giving birth to more film genres. What new opportunities do movies of varied genres pose to Chinese filmmakers? How to establish distinctive personal styles in the production of such “fixed-format” films? How to strike a balance between genres and filmmakers? This Forum has invited filmmakers to explore the attempts made by Chinese films in different genres.

Guest Speakers
Stanley Qiufan Chen |Founder of Thema Mundi Studio
LI Shaohong | Chairman of China Film Director’s Guild, a Chinese 5th Generation Director
Quan Yongxian | Famous Screenwriter,representative work Impasse
Wei Shujun | Director, first feature film Striding Into the Wind is included in the 2020 selection of Cannes International Film Festival.


Creative Storytelling and Expression of Emotion in Animation Filmmaking

Broadcast time | 20:00-21:00,Thursday,July 30
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Animations tell stories by building live or virtual spaces via a variety of expression means such as cinematography, art, painting, and technology.
How to draw inspirations from traditional culture and daily life? How to ensure the perfect interaction between production and narration?
How to improve the production technology of animations? How to inspire a sense of engagement and empathy among audiences? Established animation filmmakers are featured at this Forum to share their experience.
Guest speakers

Topic1  A Chinese story on a global palette

Guest Speakers
Chris Appelhans | Director and screenwriter of Wish Dragon. As a veteran in the film industry, he has participated in works such as Fantastic Mr. Fox, Rise of the Guardians, Le Petit Prince, etc.
Aron Warner | Renown Hollywood producer, producer of Wish Dragon. He was the vice president of production for Twentieth Century Fox and worked on films such as Independence Day, Volcano and Titanic. Aron Warne is currently working on a series of international films at Sony Pictures.

Topic2   The creative thinking behind Disney and Pixar’s new animated feature

Guest Speakers
Pete Docter | Oscar-winning director, chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios. His directorial efforts include Monsters, Inc., Up, Inside Out and the upcoming Soul.
Dana Murray | producer of Soul, has worked on such films as Finding Nemo, Up and Inside Out.
Kemp Powers | Co-director and screenwriter of Soul.


Film Copyright Trading: Protection of Audiovisual Copyright in Service of the Industry

Broadcast time |18:00-20:00,Sunday,August 2
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This Forum features representatives from noted film and TV production companies, copyright service institutions, as well as financial and legal sectors. Discussion will surround four topics: how copyright services support film and TV making and encourage original creation; promote production and storytelling; connect with finance and copyright transactions; extend authorization and seek cross-over development. It is hoped to help improve the public service platform for film and TV copyrights and transactions, and promote feasible financial solutions, so as to provide precise services for film and TV production companies.

Guest Speakers
Iris Hao | Deputy Director of fund Business Research Committee of Shanghai Lawyers Association;Partner of Co-effort law firm LLP
Adam Huang | General Manager of Cultural and Entertainment Assets Department,Maoyan Entertainment
Sanyue Lian | General Manager of China Literature IP Planning and Operation Department
Lei Liu | Far East Horizon Limited Film,Television Industry Director
Wang Jian | PICC Property and Casualty Company Limited Shanghai Branch Deputy General Manager
Yu Zhiqing | Vice President & Secretary-General of Shanghai Broadcasting Film & Television Producers AssociationDirector of Shanghai Film and Television Copyright Services Center
Allen Zhu | Founder and CEO of Shanghai Ming Jian Pictures


IFF MasterClass with JIA Zhang-ke

Broadcast time |21:00-22:00,Saturday, July 25
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JIA Zhang-Ke, Director, Producer and Writer.Born in 1970 in Fenyang, Shanxi, graduated from Beijing Film Academy. His directorial works include Xiao Wu (1998), Platform (2000), Unknown Pleasures (2002), The World (2004), Still Life (2006), 24 City (2008), I Wish I Knew (2010), Mountains May Depart (2015), Ash Is Purest White (2018), Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue (2020) and others.


SIFF MasterClass with James Schamus

Broadcast time |19:00-20:00,Sunday, July 26
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James Schamus is an award-winning screenwriter (The Ice Storm), producer (Brokeback Mountain), and former CEO of Focus Features (Dallas Buyers Club, Lost in Translation, Milk, The Pianist).

His feature directorial debut, an adaptation of Philip Roth's Indignation, starring Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, and Tracy Letts, premiered at the 2016 Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, and was released by Roadside Attractions.

Schamus’New York based production company, Symbolic Exchange, in partnership with Beijing’s Meridian Entertainment, helped produce Kitty Green’s acclaimed feature documentary Casting JonBenet which had its world premiere at Sundance and launched on Netflix in 2017, and Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s A Prayer Before Dawn which premiered in Cannes 2017 and was released summer 2018 by A24. Recent projects include Rhys Ernst’s trans comedy Adam (starring Margaret Qualley), released by Wolfe Releasing summer 2019, and Noble Jones’s The Tomorrow Man (starring John Lithgow and Blythe Danner), which was released May 2019 by Bleecker Street. Both titles premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Symbolic also premiered Andrew Ahn’s feature Driveways (starring Hong Chau and the late Brian Dennehy) at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival, which was released by FilmRise in May 2020. Recently, the company produced Kitty Green’s latest feature The Assistant, which premiered at the 2019 Telluride Film Festival, and was released by Bleecker Street in January 2020.

He has also recently worked as a script consultant for Wuershan’s epic upcoming trilogy, Fengshen Bang. Schamus is Professor of Professional Practice in Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where he teaches film history and theory.


SIFF MasterClass with Olivier Assayas

Broadcast time |21:00-22:00,Monday, July 27
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Olivier Assayas, born in Paris on January 25th 1955 is the writer and director of some twenty features.

After studying art and literature, he made short films, wrote screenplays (notably for André Téchiné) and contributed film theory, journalism and criticism to French film magazine Cahiers du Cinéma.

His films have brought him international recognition, ever since his debut Disorder was awarded at the 1986 Venice Mostra.

He has also published various books dealing both with cinema and autobiography.
The most recent « Un Voyage – Marseille-Rio 1941 » resurrecting the war writings of his father and a series of missing photos of Germaine Krull is currently the subject of an exhibition at the prestigious Rencontres Photographiques d’Arles.


SIFF MasterClass with Naomi Kawase (Guest Speaker: BAI Baihe)

Broadcast time |21:00-22:00,Tuesday, July 28
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Naomi Kawase
Born and raised in Nara, Naomi Kawase graduated from Visual Arts Osaka in 1989. Her films, ‘Embracing’ and ‘KATATSUMORI’ received international recognitions and awards at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival in 1995. With her first feature, SUZAKU (1997), she became the youngest filmmaker to receive the Camera d’Or at the Festival de Cannes with her. At the Festival de Cannes, she has also won the Grand Prix with The Mourning Forest /MOGARI (2007), the Carrosse d’Or in 2009, and also served as one of the jurors for the competition in 2013. In 2015, KAWASE was bestowed with the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French Minister of Culture. In 2017, “Hikari” (RADIANCE) was selected as one of the competition films and given Ecumenical Jury awards. She was appointed to direct the Official Film of the Olympics Game Tokyo 2020. Her latest film, ‘True Mothers’, was a Cannes 2020 Official Selection, and is scheduled to open in Japan on October 23 before its international release.

Aside from being a filmmaker, she is the founder and Executive Director for the Nara International Film Festival.

Guest Speaker:Bai Baihe
Chinese actress. She won the Huabiao Film Awards, Hundred Flowers Awards, Changchun Film Festival China, China Film Directors Guild, Beijing College Student Film Festival and other awards for Best Leading Actress. Her representative works include Love Is Not Blind, Monster Hunt and Go Away, Mr Tumor, Chongqing Hot Pot, Women on The Verge, A City Called Macau and so on. In addition to her acting career, Bai has also founded the radio program Her, acting as a host and producer, discussing topics on women. Bai has also joined the world tour as the lead actress of the Jonathan Lee Musical.



SIFF MasterClass with Lav Diaz

Broadcast time |20:00-21:00,Friday, July 31
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Lav Diaz is a Filipino filmmaker.He is known as one of the key members of the slow cinema movement, having made several of the longest narrative films on record.Diaz attractedworld-wide attention withis 2013 film Norte,the End of History, which was entered into the Un Certain Regard section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. His subsequent films have received much critical acclaim and many awards, with 2014's From What Is Before earning him the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival, 2016’s A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery competing for the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and winning the Alfred Bauer Prize, and 2016's The Woman Who Left winning the Golden Lion at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.


SIFF MasterClass with Denis Villeneuve

Broadcast time |20:00-21:00,Saturday, August 1
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Denis Villeneuve is an Academy Award®-nominated French Canadian filmmaker best known for having directed BLADE RUNNER 2049, ARRIVAL, SICARIO, PRISONERS and INCENDIES. Villeneuve is gearing up for the release of his highly anticipated film adaptation of Frank Herbert's science fiction novel, DUNE. The film stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem.


SIFF MasterClass with Hirokazu Koreeda

Broadcast time |20:00-21:00,Sunday, August 2
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Hirokazu Kore-eda is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, and editor. He began his career in television and has since directed more than a dozen feature films, including Nobody Knows, Still Walking, and After the Storm. He won the Jury Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival for Like Father, Like Son and won the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for Shoplifters.

 

 

 

 

 

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