Discovery launches third edition of first time filmmakers initiative in China

MUMBAI: This is an initiative through which Discovery Asia is looking to promote excellence in filmmaking in China.

The broadcaster in partnership with the Shanghai Media Group (SMG) has launched the third edition of the First Time Filmmakers (FTFM) in China.

This partnership between Discovery Networks Asia and Shanghai Media Group is supported by SMG Documentary Channel and the Shanghai Institute of Visual Art. FTFM is designed to bring China to the world on Discovery Channel. It offers up-and-coming Chinese filmmakers the chance to showcase their talents and gain experience and recognition on an international level.

Discovery Asia VP marketing and communications Kevin Dickie said, "The response and quality of ideas submitted by filmmakers from China for the last two initiatives clearly shows that China has a large pool of talented individuals. We are bringing FTFM to China once again to help further develop this talent and provide an avenue for young Chinese filmmakers to tell their stories to the world."

Aspiring Chinese filmmakers can submit outlines/treatments for this year's theme, 'Inspirational stories that capture unique responses of individuals or communities in China to rapid modernization in an increasingly globalising world'.

As has been the case in the past six applicants will be commissioned to produce a single half-hour documentary based on their proposals. The winners will have a chance to bring their ideas to life and will also face the real challenges in the world of filmmaking, such as working on a budget and delivering their finished product within the stipulated time. The resulting documentaries are scheduled to air internationally on Discovery next year. In China, they will premiere on SMG Documentary Channel and 26 other leading cable TV stations .

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