First Golden Panda Film Industry Forum connects global film industries through thought-provoking discussions

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.”

Zhang Huijun gave a speech during the forum.

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.  

Ivor Benjamin shared his thoughts on U.K. – China co-production.

Professor Ellen Seiter from University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, editor-in-chief of 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.

Ellen Seiter explained three paradoxes of U.S. Copyright Law.

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.


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