Headlines from China: 2020’s Film Industry Begins With FIRST International Film Festival?

2020’s Film Industry Begins With FIRST International Film Festival?

For many young Chinese filmmakers, 2020 is a time fraught with difficulties and frustrations. Amidst all the uncertainties, FIRST International Film Festival shines a beam of light into the industry that is troubled by the continuing theater shutdown. In the past week, the festival organized its annual Mart Open Week—an immersive one-week training camp that brings together young filmmakers around the country for intensive trainings in areas such as pitching, producing and financing. The goal is to equip these future talents with important industrial knowledges that will benefit their careers in the long run. Through these meaningful endeavors, FIRST is becoming the land of hope for young filmmakers in China–which they are all eager to attend as their “first” ever film event in 2020. Read more youhaoxifilm

Japanese Auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda to Speak With Chinese Movie Fans on Bilibili

The much-loved leading Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda will be attending a live streaming event, organized by the Chinese video sharing platform Bilibili and UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, to speak with his Chinese fans after the streaming of his well-known family drama “After the Storm” (2016). This film is one of the five films that will be played at the end of this month, as part of the online film screening event organized under the name “Cannes Online: Sleepwalker’s Journey”. Read more movie1958