Disney to partner with Chinese scribes

By Liu Wei ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-04-17 07:21:06

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For Hollywood blockbusters, only 34 of which can be imported for theatrical release every year in China, the country has become a tempting territory.

"The Chinese market is absolutely an important market now," says Cheung. "Films with Chinese elements should sell."

The cross-cultural exchange will expand training opportunities between Chinese and US writers and filmmakers.

In 2012, Disney joined with the Ministry of Culture's China Animation Group to be a founding partner of the National Chinese Animation Creative Research and Development Project. The initiative, now in its third year, aims to advance China's animation industry and train local talent and promote the development of Chinese content and franchises.

In the Beijing Film Festival, which opened on Wednesday, Disney will host a forum on animation, to be attended by the producer and visual artist behind Frozen, the Academy Award-winning Disney film that has generated nearly 300 million yuan in ticket sales in China.

The nongovernmental communications between filmmakers in the two countries have also been expanding.

In 2013, Paramount Pictures and the Motion Picture Association of America invited five Chinese directors, including Xue Xiaolu of Finding Mr. Right and Wuershan of The Painted Skin series, to visit their studios and see a preview of the films for summer 2014. The directors also met with executives of different departments and exchanged their visions for the industry.

The MPA is also hosting a film workshop during the Beijing Film Festival. Hollywood producers and executives and established Chinese filmmakers will spend two days together, during which rising directors will pitch their stories.

"Creativity is not built in one day," says Cheung of Walt Disney.

"But I have full confidence that we will finally find appealing global stories with a Chinese touch."

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