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Chinese filmmakers seek cooperation with French counterpart
Updated: 2005-03-24 10:20

Chinese filmmakers considered France as an ideal partner in film making at the Franco-Chinese Cinema Partnerships Seminar yesterday.

Filmmakers from Chinese Mainland and Hong Kong, as well as representatives from French government and film production organizations attended the seminar.

Hong Kong film director Yu Li Wai said that France always does a good job at promotion and marketing its films in the world.

Of the French experience, Yu stressed "We have to know the upper limit of the fund and clear about what we want to fulfill, so as to have the best result."

Xiaomei Yue, producer of film My Life in France, said he got much help from the French partner and most of the problems he encountered in France were solved when making films there.

She believed that the basic element of perfect partnership between China and France was that both countries have got long standing culture and history.

Yue said Chinese producers had also learnt the organized and systematic way of French people in dealing with props and costumes and their serious working attitude.

Producer of Baober in Love in France Li Xiaowan was amazed by the intelligence of the French crew who were able to grab accurately what the director needed.

"They provide us with a very large space of imagination and they have strong creativity," commented Li on the French crew.

Li said that these examples opened up a door to more cooperation between Chinese and European filmmakers.

She believed such kind of partnership would be more popular in the future as China is becoming more and more open.

The Entertainment Expo Hong Kong 2005 will last to April 6.

A serial of events will be staged including Hong Kong Filmart 2005, Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum and the 29th Hong Kong International Film Festival.

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