24 March 2014 5:01 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Programme is aimed at developing Chinese and European projects spanning the two cultures.

A group of European producers is launching a new scriptwriting programme called “Bridging the Dragon”, aimed at developing Chinese and European projects spanning the two cultures.

“There’s a lot of curiosity on both sides but also a lot of ignorance… Chinese filmmakers don’t necessarily get European audiences and vice-versa…we want to foster projects which can potentially work in both markets,” explained Italian Cristiano Bortone, whose company Orisa Produzioni operates between Italy and Germany.

Bortone, whose credits include Maria, He Doesn’t Like It! and Stijn Coninx’s Marina, is also a tutor the Beijing Film Academy.

Other producers joining the initiative include Asia veteran Isabelle Glachant, who operates under the Chinese Shadows banner and is also the greater China representative for French film export agency Unifrance, and Dutch Leontine Petit of Amsterdam-based Lemming Film which is currently developing David Verbeek’s Shanghai-set »

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