Headlines from China: Hengdian Film Studio Prepares for Returning to Normality 

Hengdian Film Studio Prepares for Returning to Normality 

Hengdian World Studio is in preparation for a gradual return to normality, and the process is tightly controlled and monitored.  According to a guideline from the studio’s management team, the resumption will be implemented in three phases. Phase 1 will begin on February 13, and only allow projects that meet certain requirements to resume production. The requirements include: all cast and crew members stayed in the region throughout the Chinese New Year holiday, and have not been to any other regions with severe coronavirus outbreaks or in close contact with people from the epicenter of the outbreak. Proper precautions are also required to be taken by all the production units. The beginning time of phase 2 will be determined later depending on the evolvement of the outbreak. Phase 3 will begin after the outbreak is fully under control and all related restrictions have been lifted. Read more on Mtime

Chinese Animated Film Inspired by Ink Painting Enters Berlinale

Qiu Shi (Harvest), an animated short film directed by Chinese director Sun Lijun, has been selected into the Generation Kplus section of the 70th Berlin International Film Festival. Inspired by Chinese ink painting, Qiu Shi becomes the first Chinese animated film to enter Berlinale after 35 years. Previously, two Chinese animated shorts, Three Monks and the Fight Between the Snipe and the Clam, were selected by the Festival and won silver bear awards in 1982 and 1984, respectively.  Read more on China News