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Having plenty of moneybags isn’t always a good thing, say producers at ScreenSingapore’s conferences this week.
They warn against working with inexperienced partners and financiers in mainland China, and against using staff and crew with an inflation of experience because of the proliferation of film being greenlit in the burgeoning market.
“If you don’t own and protect the property, and have someone who can establish chain of ownership, it won’t matter that you can get the film made in China. You will not be able to take it out of China,” said Ellen Eliasoph, president & CEO of Village Roadshow Entertainment Group Asia (Vrega), China.
“People who say I don’t want to know about all those problems, I just want to make a film because I have all this money […] We meet young talented filmmakers who refuse to work with us because they already have some rich backer, but months »
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Singapore — Chinese film has entered a new era in the past 12 months, with growing success for local movies and an increasing emphasis on meeting audience demands. But top producers also described the China market as “at its most chaotic ever.”
Speaking at the ScreenSingapore convention Thursday at a seminar organized in association with Village Roadshow Entertainment Group Asia, producers Shi Nansun and Ellen Eliasoph both used the word “chaotic” to describe a market where production numbers have grown roughly eightfold since deregulation of the sector in 2001 and where box office and exhibition have grown even faster.
Shi, who recently produced hit “Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon,” said that there is a severe shortage of experienced production executives, especially first assistant directors. “Talent doesn’t grow on trees,” she said. “The rising production numbers mean that we have to employ people who are not as skilled as they should be in their position, »
- Patrick Frater
Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster has scored the highest number of nominations for the upcoming Asia Pacific Film Festival (Apff) awards, which are being held in Macau for the second consecutive year (Dec 13-15).
The Grandmaster scooped nine nods, including best film, best director, best actor (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and best actress (Zhang Ziyi). It was followed by Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer with seven nominations, including best director, best supporting actor (Song Kang-ho) and best supporting actress (Tilda Swinton).
Also scoring multiple nominations are Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox with six nods, Tsai Ming-liang’s Stray Dogs and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Like Father, Like Son with five apiece, and Anthony Chen’s Ilo Ilo with four.
Best Short Film and Outstanding Achievement awards will also be announced at the ceremony to be held at the Venetian Macau.
Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi, who was recently awarded France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, will head this »
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Hong Kong — Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster” tops the nominations for the awards at the upcoming Asia Pacific Film Festival (Dec. 13-15, 2013,) which will be held in Macau for the second consecutive year.
Wong’s martial arts fantasy scooped nine nominations in the 12 available categories and competes for best picture.
Other best picture nominees are Kore’eda Hirokazu’s “Like Father, Like Son,” Ritesh Batra’s “The Lunchbox,” Tsai Ming Liang’s “Stray Dogs,” Anthony Chen’s “Ilo Ilo,” and Georgia’s “In Bloom,” co-directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross.
Judging the 25 pictures will be a jury headed by venerable Hong Kong-based producer Nansun Shi (“Infernal Affairs,” “Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon”). Other jurors include Malaysian director, actor, producer Afdlin Shauki; Claire Stewart, head of exhibition, British Film Institute; Christian Jeune, deputy General Delegate, Cannes International Film Festival; South Korean director Hur Jin-Ho; Taiwanese actress and »
- Patrick Frater
London — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is making a renewed push into Asia with a series of events in Hong Kong, and the setting up of an advisory board to oversee its charitable work in the continent.
BAFTA’s Hong Kong events kick off on Dec. 1 with a screening of BAFTA Shorts 2013, a selection of BAFTA-nominated short films and animations from the film awards earlier this year, at Clockenflap, Hong Kong’s music and arts festival.
The first meeting of the new BAFTA Hong Kong Advisory Board takes place on Dec. 2, and then on Dec. 3 actor Eddie Redmayne (“Les Miserables,” “My Week With Marilyn”) will take part in the Academy Circle event, hosted by Hong Kong actress and presenter Lisa S at The Peninsula Hong Kong, for local supporters of BAFTA’s charitable activities in Asia.
On Dec. 4, Redmayne will take part in an acting masterclass with »
- Leo Barraclough
Ready for a dose of guns-blazing cool? While the Twitch presented Swordsmen, Gangsters And Ghosts program within the 100 Years Of Chinese Cinema retrospective at the Tiff Bell Lightbox kicks off tonight with a screening of A Chinese Ghost Story the fun doesn't stop there ... Nope, not even remotely.Tomorrow - that'd be Saturday, June 8 - the series comes packing heat with the 1986 remake of little known Hong Kong crime picture The Story Of A Discharged Prisoner. You know this version as A Better Tomorrow and it's the film that vaulted both John Woo and Chow Yun Fat to the top of the international action heap and we'll have producer Nansun Shi on hand to introduce the film.And Monday? Monday we get the...
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Hey, Toronto! The mammoth A Century Of Chinese Cinema retrospective is now under way at the Tiff Bell Lightbox with the Twitch-presented Swordsmen, Gangsters And Ghosts lineup kicking off tomorrow at 10pm with a screening of classic tale A Chinese Ghost Story introduced in person by producer Nansun Shi! Also coming soon is Monday evening's talk by David Bordwell - a man who knows his stuff like nobody else and who is also a quality human being - titled Motion Emotion: The Art Of The Martial Arts Film.Both of these are not to be missed events and you don't have to! Twitch has two pairs of tickets to give away to both and all you have to do for your chance to claim a pair...
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Shanghai — The Shanghai Intl. Film Festival has added two films to its Golden Goblet competish: “The Stolen Years” by Hong Kong helmer Chun-Chun Wong, and “Legend No. 17″ by Russian director Nikolay Lebedev.
“Stolen Years” tells the story of a woman who, after losing her memory in a car accident, tries to retrace five years of her life, and eventually comes to realize the true meaning of love. “Legend No. 17″ tracks the life of star Soviet Union ice hockey player Valeri Kharlamov, from teenage years to the peak of his career when he died at the age of 33.
As previously reported, the jury is chaired by British helmer Tom Hooper, and includes French critic Michel Ciment, German helmer-writer Chris Kraus, Iranian director Khosro Masumi, Czech director Jiri Menzel, Chinese director Hao Ning and Chinese actress Nan Yu.
The fest will also host the first Film Finance Forum China, featuring Hong Kong director Tsui Hark, »
- Clifford Coonan
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