US-China Film Summit in LA on 2 November

MUMBAI: A large group of the Chinese government officials and private Chinese film industry leaders are expected to attend the US-China Film Summit in Los Angeles on 2 November.

Organized by The Asia Society of Southern California and the state-run China Film Co-Production Corp, the timing of the gathering of senior Chinese filmmakers and policymakers with Hollywood producers focused firmly on China‘s growing movie market.

Set to take place at the Writers Guild of America, the summit, subtitled Co-Production and Cooperation, will follow the29 October opening of Feng Xiaogang‘s Chinese hit Aftershock in select US theatres.

While China‘s box-office is up 86 per cent so far, much of that can be tied to rising ticket prices and Hollywood imports such as Avatar despite imports being limited to 20 a year by Beijing.

Talk of co-productions that skirt the government import cap as a means to growth is at a fever pitch, especially as France, New Zealand and Singapore all signed film treaties with China in the last eight months.

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