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China production catching up to Hollywood

7 November 2015 7:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The president of China Film Co-Production Corporation told an Afm panel on Friday that local producers want collaboration with American and international counterparts in order to make better films that can travel.

Speaking at the Producing In China session at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, Miao Xiaotian noted how the local talent pool was not yet sufficiently deep to sustain by itself the roughly 600 films that get made annually in his country.

The local production base is booming – Xiaotian estimated it could go up from $4.8bn in 2014 to $7bn this year – as China plays catch-up with Hollywood practices and standards in many areas.

April Ye, CEO of Film Finances China, explained how until recently not a single Chinese film or TV show was bonded.

That is changing as her company, which launched earlier this year, introduces the product to the local industry.

“Directors used to be the boss of state-owned productions,” said Ye, explaining »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Afm speakers include Basner, Sloss, Elwes, Xiaotian

6 October 2015 1:39 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

This year’s Afm programme will offer new conference sessions on China and festivals and speakers including Glen Basner, John Sloss, Cassian Elwes and the president of China Film Co-Production Corporation.

The 2015 American Film Market (Afm) has unveiled an initial line-up of speakers that includes FilmNation CEO Glen Basner, Cinetic Media’s John Sloss, producer/agent Cassian Elwes and China Film Co-production Corporation president Miao Xiaotian.

The event, which runs Nov 4-11 in Santa Monica, will include roundtables starting on Nov 5 and conferences, starting on Nov 7, covering finance, pitching, production and distribution.

Included in the programme for the first time will be a China Conference, a Festival Conference and a Festival Focus.

Other confirmed speakers are:

Mark Adams, artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival;Tobin Armbrust, president, worldwide production and acquisition at Virgin Produced;John Burke, partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Llp;Jamie Carmichael,president of film at Content;Paul Davidson, Svp film and »

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Basner, Sloss, Elwes, Xiaotian to speak at Afm

6 October 2015 1:39 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

This year’s Afm programme will offer new conference sessions on China and festivals and speakers including Glen Basner, John Sloss, Cassian Elwes and the president of China Film Co-Production Corporation.

The 2015 American Film Market (Afm) has unveiled an initial line-up of speakers that includes FilmNation CEO Glen Basner (pictured), Cinetic Media’s John Sloss, producer/agent Cassian Elwes and China Film Co-production Corporation president Miao Xiaotian.

The event, which runs November 4-11 in Santa Monica, will include roundtables starting on Nov 5 and conferences, starting on Nov 7, covering finance, pitching, production and distribution. Included in the programme for the first time will be a China Conference, a Festival Conference and a Festival Focus.

Other confirmed speakers are: Mark Adams, artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival; Tobin Armbrust, president, worldwide production and acquisition at Virgin Produced; P John Burke, partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Llp; Jamie Carmichael,presidentof film at »

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Film Finances Poised to Bring Completion Bonds to China

19 January 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Shanghai – Leading movie finance company Film Finances Inc. plans to bring modern financing to China, with the opening Monday of a Shanghai branch office.

The company’s Film Finances China Cultural Services office is set up within the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, launched by the city government two years ago.

The unit will be headed by former independent producer, April Ye, set as China CEO.

“The product we offer does not currently exist in China and yet hundreds of films get made here,” said Ffi co-chairman Steve Ransohoff. “Nevertheless, what we aim to do here is to help producers to access capital and provide security to financiers.”

“We aim to make a significant contribution and have a professional impact on the Chinese film industry,” said Ye. “We will do this through improvements to production execution, through the creation of a credit system, which will in turn create a virtuous cycle »

- Patrick Frater

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