CFI and China Hollywood Society Co-Present Web Panel “Film, Finance, And China” Jan 25

Join the China Hollywood Society and China Film Insider for our second jointly hosted online event: a web panel discussing co-financing with China.

Left to Right:

We’ll discuss what co-financing models exist, what the trends are, and what pitfalls to avoid as an independent producer.

Our panelists will include Bennett Pozil, Executive VP at East West Bank; Cristiano Bortone of Bridging The Dragon, as well as returning speaker Rob Cain, founder of ChinaFilmBiz and writer at Forbes.

Sign up now to reserve, as spots are free but limited. Participants are welcome to ask the panelists questions via the web platform at the end of the session.

Time: 11 AM PST/2 PM EST
Date: Thursday, January 25, 2017
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Click HERE to Sign Up: 


From left to right: Robert Cain, Bennett Pozil, Cristiano Bortone

Our Panelists:

Bennett Pozil

Bennett Pozil has been a banker for 25 years and currently serves as an Executive Vice President at East West Bank, where he leads the Corporate Banking Group. As part of his role, Pozil oversees the development of the Entertainment Lending sector in the U.S. as well as in China. Recent film projects financed by East West Bank include John Woo’s The Crossing and Chen Kaige’s The Monk. Prior to joining East West Bank, Pozil served for 11 years as the Managing Director of the Los Angeles office for Natixis, the French Banking Concern. At Natixis, Pozil structured the financing of over a hundred motion pictures including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Hero; Fearless and Lost in Translation.

Cristiano Bortone

After attending University of Southern California, in 1991 Bortone graduated from New York University in Film and television with an award for special achievements.

In 1998 he founded the Italian production company Orisa Produzioni and in 2015 the Chinese production company Yiyi 翊翊 Pictures. His activity as producer includes features, documentaries and television programs both in the art house and commercial area. Among them “Maria, ihm schmeckt’s nicht!” (2009) that topped German box office with more than 1,5 million admissions and “Marina” directed by Oscar nominated Stijn Coninx and co-produced by Warner Belgium and the Dardenne brothers which became one of the 10 highest box office of all times in the Flanders. Bortone was nominated “Best producer” in 2006 at the Nastri d’Argento Italian film critics awards and in 2017 at the David di Donatello Italian film award.

As director he directed 5 feature films. Among them “Red like the sky” (听见天堂) that in 2007 won a David di Donatello and more than 25 other international festivals. His latest film “Coffee” (2016) is the first official coproduction between Italy and China. It premiered as Special event at Venice days, was in competition at Beijing film festival, nominated for the China media awards at the Shanghai international film festival and was recently released in China.

Bortone worked as screenwriter and script editor on several productions, co-authored the manual “How to make a short” and taught directing, screenwriting and producing at several international institutions including the Beijing Film Academy.

He has been a consultant of the MEDIA programme. He is a member of ACE Producers, and co-founder and managing director of the Sino-European producers association Bridging the Dragon.

Robert Cain

A CEO, writer, and producer, Robert Cain has worked for more than 20 years in Hollywood and the global entertainment industry, primarily as a production, finance, strategy and creative development expert. He has been doing business in China since 1987, where he has produced and consulted for a range of projects such as the TV broadcast Three Tenors in the Forbidden City, the 2008 Academy Award nominated film Mongol, and the film Shanghai Kiss starring Kelly Hu and Hayden Panettiere. In addition, he has acted as consultant to Shanghai Media Group, CCTV, China Film Group, and most Hollywood studios.



Melanie Ansley

Melanie is the Executive Director of the China Hollywood Society, as well as a writer/producer. Half Chinese and half Canadian, Melanie grew up in China and started her producing career in documentaries exploring Chinese social issues. In 2010 she produced Red Light Revolution, which became Tudou’s official Chinese New Year film in 2012. Melanie then completed her MFA in Producing at the University of Southern California’s Peter Stark program, where she co-wrote Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha, starring Horatio Sanz and James Franco. In 2017 she produced King of Peking, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and is due for release in 2018. She is currently head writer on a TV series for a Chinese media platform.


About China Hollywood Society:

The China Hollywood Society is a network of entertainment professionals who strive to increase the accessibility of information on China’s entertainment industry, China co-production and to nurture opportunities for cross-cultural creative and business endeavors. To become a Member of China Hollywood Society: Click HERE.