China-Australia Co-production Forum was held at the China Cultural Centre in Sydney during the 6th International Chinese Film Festival.
Mrs. Zhao Li, Director of the China Cultural Centre in Sydney, said in her greeting at the forum, that films enable us to develop mutual understanding, helping to bridge the gap between different cultures. She hoped the forum could promote further cooperation in film productions, contributing to the cultural exchange between China and Australia.
Mr. Yang Buting, previous eputy director of Motion Picture Industry Administrative Bureau, State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, current chairman of China Film Promotion International, introduced the current situation of Chinese film production and development, and encouraged Australian film-makers to produce or co-produce Western-friendly films based on classical Chinese literature and history. He also further encouraged closer cooperation regarding film production technology between China and Australia.
Maureen Barron, chief executive of Screen NSW, introduced the relevant policies regarding the co-production of Chinese and Australian films, which included the producer rebate, specific regulations, co-production criteria, and so forth. It is hoped that professionals involved with the film industry are made more aware of the beneficial policies and conditions relating to Chinese and Australian film co-production, strengthening the collaboration of film shooting and post-production.
Chinese-Australian producer, director, and film maker Pauline Chan, Collen Champ, Certification Manager of Producer Offset and Co-production Screen and Mark Day, Managing Director of the Australian Screen Association, attended the forum and responded to the questions from the attendees.
CCTV reporters interviewed the forum’s main spokesperson and covered the forum.