Headlines from China: Juliette Binoche Named IFFAM Talent Ambassador


Juliette Binoche Named IFFAM Talent Ambassador

The International Film Festival & Awards Macao (IFFAM) has named French actress Juliette Binoche as a talent ambassador for its 4th edition, which runs from December 5 – 10, 2019. Binoche joins the IFFAM talents array with previously announced Hong Kong star Carina Lau and South Korean actor Kim Junmyeon (SUHO). In addition, the Festival has added additional titles including Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life, François Chalais’ A Herdade, Todd Haynes’ Dark Waters, Sun Aoqian’s Over The Sea, and Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-up to its lineup. Read more on Mtime

Will Science Fiction Becomes A New Lucrative Business in China?

An industry report of the Chinese science fiction sector was released at the 2019 China Science Fiction Convention, which was held in early this month. According to the report, the total output of the Chinese science fiction industry in 2018 was worth RMB4.56 billion, a 326% increase from RMB1.40 billion of 2017. As for 2019, the number has reached RMB3.15 billion in the first six months. Films and video games made up 89% of the total output in 2018. Among all segments of the industry, films are dominating with a 46% of share. Besides the two aforementioned categories (films and video games), drama series, online literature, and merchandise with sci-fi theme also achieved rapid growth in 2018. Screenwriter, director, and producer Zhang Xiaobei said that the booming science fiction industry has the potential to grow in China over the next 3 to 5 years. Zhang also pointed out that science fiction has not been a major genre in Chinese pop culture. “In the next 3 to 5 years, how to integrate science fiction culture into the local pop culture will be a major task for the industry,” said Zhang. Read more on National Daily Business