Highlights of the 12th Beijing International Film Festival

Beijing Yanqi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Center. /APC

Beijing Yanqi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Center. /APC

The 12th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) wrapped up its eight days at the Beijing Yanqi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Center on Saturday. The recipients of the event’s prestigious Tiantan Prize were also revealed during the closing ceremony.

The number of films registered for the Tiantan Prize worldwide this year was 1,450, an increase of 63 percent from 2021. Among them were 1,193 foreign films from 88 countries and regions.

Here are some highlights from the 12th BJIFF.

Red carpet and opening ceremony

The 12th BJIFF kicked off in the Chinese capital under the theme “United We Advance” on August 13.

The cast and crew of “In Search of Lost Time,” this year’s BJIFF opening film, gathered on the red carpet during the opening ceremony. /APC

The cast and crew of “In Search of Lost Time,” this year’s BJIFF opening film, gathered on the red carpet during the opening ceremony. /APC

Nearly 200 filmmakers and guests appeared on the star-studded red carpet ahead of the opening ceremony at Yanqi Lake.

Wu Jing, famous director and actor and member of the Tiantan Prize Jury at the 12th BJIFF. /BJIFF

Wu Jing, famous director and actor and member of the Tiantan Prize Jury at the 12th BJIFF. /BJIFF

The theme of the red carpet centered on Beijing’s Central Axis application for inclusion in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

At the opening ceremony, Shen Haixiong, Chairman of China Media Group (CMG) and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the 12th BJIFF, declared the opening of the 12th BJIFF.

Shen Haixiong, Chairman of CMG and Chairman of the 12th BJIFF Organizing Committee, delivers a speech and announces the opening of the festival. /CMG

Shen Haixiong, Chairman of CMG and Chairman of the 12th BJIFF Organizing Committee, delivers a speech and announces the opening of the festival. /CMG

Jury members Frant Gwo, Malcolm Clarke, Qin Hailu and Wu Jing attended the opening ceremony, while Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel and Italian director Michelangelo Frammartino sent a video to the event outlining their expectations of the filmmakers to shape the industry.

Young Filmmakers Forum

The Young Filmmakers Forum, themed “Youth Expression and the Zeitgeist,” focused on the new faces of youth, new industry trends, and new filmmaking thinking. era. The forum invited representative young directors, screenwriters, producers and scholars to discuss their experiences on hot topics in the Chinese film industry.

Film Power Forum

The first session of the Film Power Forum – “A New Journey Ahead: Unremitting Pursuit of Dreams on a Journey into a Brilliant Film Future” – was held at the Beijing Yanqi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Center on August 14. film companies, renowned filmmakers, experts and academics have been invited. The forum summed up the achievements of the “extraordinary decade” and encouraged filmmakers to stick to their original aspirations and bravely move forward.

Guests at the Film Power Forum, on the theme “A New Journey Ahead: Unremitting Pursuit of Dreams on a Journey into a Brilliant Film Future”. /BJIFF

Guests at the Film Power Forum, on the theme “A New Journey Ahead: Unremitting Pursuit of Dreams on a Journey into a Brilliant Film Future”. /BJIFF

The second session of the Film Power Forum, themed “Exploring, Pursuing and Creating Superior Films”, focused on how creating “superior” productions in China’s film and television industries can shape “the most beautiful China”.

Top film experts and artists discussed hot topics such as “superior” filmmaking, China’s global influence, and the classification of “superior” Chinese films in the hope that ways, wisdom and power can be provided for the multidimensional development of literature and art in the new era.

Guests attend the Film Power Forum, themed “Exploration, Pursuit and Creation of Superior Films,” at BJIFF. /BJIFF

Guests attend the Film Power Forum, themed “Exploration, Pursuit and Creation of Superior Films,” at BJIFF. /BJIFF

BJIFF invited industry veterans such as Huang Jianxin, Zhang Ziyi, Zheng Dasheng, Liu Haoran, Shu Huan and Lan Xiaolong to participate in the forum. They shared their experiences and expressed their optimism for the development of Chinese television and cinema. Regarding the creation of “superior works” in the national film landscape, Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi said they cannot be made with the energy of a single person, but are shaped by a collective. . Actor Liu Haoran defined “superior works” as those that can stand the test of time.

Beijing International Sports Film Week

Beijing International Sports Film Week debuted at this year’s BJIFF. A forum on August 15 invited documentarians, directors of sports foundations, national team athletes and other guests from various fields to discuss the growing popularity of sports documentaries.

Beijing International Sports Film Week at BJIFF. /BJIFF

Beijing International Sports Film Week at BJIFF. /BJIFF

The forum guest watched five sports-themed movies.

During the post-screening dialogue session, guests shared their most touching stories from filming sports documentaries and held in-depth discussions.

Masterclass of jury president Li Xuejian

Chinese actor Li Xuejian was awarded the title and medal of Pioneer of Reform by the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, as well as the honor of People’s Artist with Professional Excellence and Moral Integrity for promote the fundamental values ​​of socialism.

Li Xuejian speaks to the audience. /BJIFF

Li Xuejian speaks to the audience. /BJIFF

During the masterclass, Li discussed the era and the spirit of Chinese films. He also invited the cast and crew of “Roaring Across the Horizon” to look back on the past, look to the future, and share creative movie ideas.

Closing Ceremony and Tiantan Prize

The Tiantan Prize International Jury Team at BJIFF on Saturday. /BJIFF

The Tiantan Prize International Jury Team at BJIFF on Saturday. /BJIFF

The 12th BJIFF ended in style in Huairou. ‘The Blind Man Who Wouldn’t See Titanic’ bagged Best Feature, while ‘The Family’ won Best Director. Eight other prizes were awarded.

Chinese director Zhang Yimou (right) and actor Li Xuejian present the prize for best feature film. /BJIFF

Chinese director Zhang Yimou (right) and actor Li Xuejian present the prize for best feature film. /BJIFF

A number of Chinese and foreign filmmakers served on the jury. Veteran Chinese actor Li Xuejian served as chairman. Other members included: Chinese director Guo Fan, British director Malcolm Clarke, Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel, Italian director Michelangelo Frammartino, Chinese actress Qin Hailu and Chinese director and actor Wu Jing.

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