Canada Orient Star Media Inc. signed co-production agreement with Kuaizhile Media Company of China Guangxi Satellite TV at Beijing International Film Festival to co-produce feature film Vancouver Love Story.
Introducing the inaugural issue of magazine Reeling Seasons created by the Vancouver Golden Panda International Film Festival and Orient Star Media. Published twice a year, the Summer Issue of Reeling Seasons captures moments from the annual Vancouver Golden Panda International Film Festival Cultural Immersion Trip to China. Click below to read more!
Produced by Orient Star Media and the Vancouver Golden Panda International Film Festival Committee, the feature documentary Eastward: Xi’an stitches together moments from the 2017 Vancouver Golden Panda International Film Festival Cultural Immersion Trip to Xi’an and takes the audience on a tour exploring the breathtaking natural beauty, splendid history and thriving modernization of the city.
China Radio International (CRI) Vancouver studio has produced a special podcast for the 2017 Vancouver Golden Panda International Film Festival to capture the essence from this year’s trip to the historic city Xi’an.
The 2017 Vancouver Golden Panda International Film Festival Cultural Immersion Trip to Xi’an, China kicks off with all 11 filmmakers arriving Xi’an Xianyang International Airport on April 8.
Destination for the 2017 Cultural Immersion Trip is the imperial city of Xi’an, China – starting point of the worldly renowned Silk Road, home to UNESCO World Heritage Site Terracotta Warriors and capital city of 13 ancient Chinese dynasties.
A major highlight of the annual Vancouver Golden Panda International Film Festival, GPIFF Cultural Immersion Trip aims to connect global filmmakers through the week-long journey while exploring culture and identities of different parts of China.
Joined by award-winners from GPIFF ’16 and filmmakers from Canada and China, this trip will not only uncover the rich history of Xi’an but also showcase the modernization of this burgeoning urban city.
From the imposing Terracotta Warriors, magnificent City Wall and winding Forest of Stelae Museum to the bustling Muslim Quarter, exquisite Chinese paper-cutting, gliding high-speed rail and many more, filmmakers will visit various historic sites, explore local customs all while experiencing modern-day Xi’an during their stay.
Filmmakers will also attend the Chinese Film Industry Week held by one of China’s leading film studio – Western Movie Group and join a tour at Xi’an Qujiang Film & TV Investment Group to seek potential collaborations.
“I can’t believe the amount of work that went into creating the mausoleum and the details of each warrior. It’s crazy to think that what we saw today was only 20% of everything under ground in the giant tomb… I’m so glad they have created a place historically accurate for people to enjoy and learn about China’s rich history,” Mack Stannard, Canadian media professional, said.
“The Army of Terracotta Warriors is beautiful! It’s so much bigger than I had expected… Chinese history is thought of as in centuries as suppose to decades that American or North American (history) is considered. It’s huge eras,” U.S. filmmaker Shayna Cohen said.
“China has a long and important history. As one of the oldest civilizations there is a lot of wisdom we can gain from the past. So when the history is uncovered and put on display it is very special,” Chinese filmmaker Chan Sing Hong said.
Organized by GPIFF Committee, CCTV.COM, Orient Star Media, and Xi’an Qujiang Film & TV Investment Group, the 2017 Cultural Immersion Trip has received generous support from Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver and the city of Xi’an.
China Radio International
Beijing Film Academy
Shaanxi Tourism Bureau
Western Movie Group
Chang’an University School of Literature, Art and Communication
The 4th Golden Panda International Short Film Festival (GPIFF) Awards Ceremony took place on Dec. 2, 2016 at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Close to 1,000 esteemed guests, film professionals and audience joined for a night recognizing talented young filmmakers from across the world.
Six outstanding films selected by the GPIFF 2016 Jury were awarded during the ceremony.
The Orchid Season (China), dir. Du Jinsui
Xiaolan, a 70 year-old medical professor, one day welcomed an old man home and took care of him as his wife.
A Beautiful Mess (United Arab Emirates), dir. Shahir Zag
A maid takes the break up of the family she works for very personally.
I Heard the Flowers Blooming When I was Eighty (United States of America), dir. Pan Zhen
Larry, the lonely old man, bothers the town for a day when he seeks to fulfill his wish of a solo piano concert.
Best Animated Short Film
Where have the flowers gone? (Hong Kong), dir. Chan Sin-hong
A piggy pursuing dream in the big factory but in reality all efforts seemed powerless and even kill himself.
Best Humanistic Vision
Sociopaths (Japan), dir. Takeshi Asai
A girl encounters an android on the street. She finds something strange about the experience and decides to follow the android to give it a ‘message.’
Special Jury Award
A Children’s Song (United States of America), dir. Shayna Cohen
A young Jewish European boy is taken in by a Chinese family in Shanghai towards the end of World War II.
Depicting a touching story of salvation and hope when more than 20,000 Jews emigrated to Shanghai during the Second World War, short film A Children’s Song won Special Jury Award in this year’s GPIFF.
“… from the very beginning, passionate Chinese and American filmmakers came together both behind and in front of the camera,” Special Jury Award-winner Shayna Cohen said during the acceptance speech. “We went to great length to work together and give the authenticity and respect to both Chinese and Jewish cultures during this incredible chapter of our history.”
Distinguished guests, including legendary motion picture producer, past president of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sid Ganis, president of Beijing Film Academy Zhang Huijun, chair of Directors Guild of Great Britain Ivor Benjamin, professor of University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts Ellen Seiter, professor of Toronto Film School Christopher Lane, COO of China Lion Film Distribution Robert Lundberg attended the ceremony and presented awards to winning filmmakers.
“I want to once more thank the organizers because of the wonderful work they have done,” Sid Ganis said during his speech. “What I learned over the years is it’s hard to pick the best movie. It’s all about this art form that many of you are very interested in. I’m here to say have a good night today. Thanks and have fun.”
Apart from award presentations, the ceremony also brought to the audience incredible art performances based on the themes of Engage, Act, Create and Rise, together with screenings of three award-winning films at this year’s GPIFF.
Local music band Parallel 3 brought the audience into the world of filmmaking through a medley of classic movie theme songs from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Bridges of Madison County, Armageddon and Tarzan. Following the music was an elaborately choreographed dance and sand drawing performance titled “The Climb”.
Former GPIFF award winner, U.S.-based actor and writer Gabriel Furman shared his journey as a young filmmaker in the third chapter Create. Despite having played alongside Academy and Golden Globe winner Melissa Leo in the short film Mother’s Day, which also won the Special Jury Award in the 3rd GPIFF, Furman’s experience working in the highly competitive film industry has resonated with many filmmakers attending the ceremony.
“In my career, there are lot of challenges that I faced, budget, scheduling, all those things, specifically with Mother’s Day,” Furman said. “But there is a little voice in my heart that says ‘Don’t worry, just make it.’ If it’s what’s inside you, just make it. At that moment, I’m starting to understand what a film is.”
Don Davies, member of Parliament for Vancouver Kingsway, spoke highly of GPIFF’s effort on providing a great platform for filmmakers. He mentioned British Columbia is the third largest film production centre in North America with various beneficial policies for filmmakers and encouraged more film professionals to pursue their careers in Vancouver.
Taking place over a time span of more than six months, this year’s GPIFF received a total number of 376 submissions from 38 countries, including the United States, Canada, China, the United Kingdom, France, Japan and many more. Falling into different categories spanning from animations, science fictions to dramas and documentaries, all festival entries managed to showcase the creativity and talents of the filmmakers.
Other guests attending the ceremony include Teresa Wat, B.C.’s minister of International Trade and minister responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism, representatives from Vancouver Economic Commission, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Film School, China Film Co., Beijing Film Academy, Cultural Investment Holdings Co., Zhongguancun Development Group as well as many other film-related organizations, companies and institutions.
The ceremony wrapped up in the inspirational melody of You Raise Me Up, which also marks the successful ending for this year’s festival.
Presented by the 4th Golden Panda International Short Film Festival (GPIFF), the inaugural Golden Panda Film Industry Forum was held at Vancouver’s Rosewood Hotel Georgia on Dec. 1, 2016.
Based on the theme of Technology, Capital and Incubation, this year’s forum brought together some of the most brilliant minds in today’s filmmaking industry.
Through five presentations, two panel discussions and one exhibition, the full-day event welcomed more than 200 film professionals, investors and educators, including well-respected motion picture producer, past president of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sid Ganis, chair of Directors Guild of Great Britain Ivor Benjamin, professor of University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts Ellen Seiter, president of Beijing Film Academy Zhang Huijun, professor of Toronto Film School Christopher Lane, COO of China Lion Film Distribution Robert Lundberg, executives from China’s most influential film enterprise, China Film Co., and many more.
Attendees shared their visions and insights regarding today’s global film industry and dived into topics shaping the future of filmmaking.
“(At Beijing Film Academy), I’ve been addressing it constantly to our students that young filmmakers have to expand their networks and gain professional knowledges as much as they can, such as getting involved with the Golden Panda International Short Film Festival,” Zhang Huijun, president of Beijing Film Academy, said during the speech titled Opportunity and Challenge for Young Film Talents.
“The purpose, is to discover good story ideas that have the potential to be developed into feature films.”
Ivor Benjamin, London-based director, writer and chair of Directors Guild of Great Britain, focused on the topic of how to better connect global film industries, especially from the financial perspective. He introduced briefly the background of U.K.-China film co-production and explained to the audience how China-U.K. Co-Production Agreement would affect the collaborations between Chinese and U.K. film industries.
Professor Ellen Seiter from University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, editor-in-chief of chinafilm.com Huang Lian and professor Kim Woonam from Emily Carr University of Art and Design shared three in-depth presentations with the audience titled Three Paradoxes of U.S. Copyright Law, Re-construct a Win-Win Cooperation Platform and The Future of Technology and Film.
Except for the five presentations, guests raised questions and shed lights on important issues regarding film technology, education during two panel discussions at the forum based on the topics of How do aspiring filmmakers embrace the market? and How will storytelling, acting and other traditional values be preserved in the technological evolution of filmmaking?
In addition to the presentations and panel discussions, the forum also featured exhibitors containing well-established film companies, distributors, tech companies, such as China Film Co., Inspired Image Picture Company, H+ Technology, Toronto Film School and many more.
“Today’s event is an excellent platform. It gives filmmakers a perfect opportunity to communicate with others. I hope there will be more in the future,” U.S.-based filmmaker Gabriel Furman said in an interview.
Attendees at the forum also include representatives from Vancouver Economic Commission, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Film School, Cultural Investment Holdings Co., Zhongguancun Development Group, Stargate Studios, Motorcycle Boy Productions, The Sequence Group, Partners in Motion Pictures Inc., Eh-Okay Entertainment, Flying Kraken Creative Studios.
Our staff from the 2016 Golden Panda International Short Film Festival visited Toronto Film School on Sept. 7 and organized a public screening which drew much attention from the students.
The trip to Toronto also kicks off the 2016 GPIFF Campus Events which lasts all the way through September and October. The GPIFF team will be visiting film schools across Canada and U.S. in the course of the time.
The next stop is to Art Institute of Seattle on Oct. 14.