The Beijing TV and Film International Screening was recently launched in London, featuring a number of outstanding audiovisual products such as Singing for the Beijing Central Axis, The Chinese Dream - 365 Stories, and The City of Museums.
In a video address, an official from the Beijing Municipal Radio and Television Bureau introduced the recent developments in Beijing's audiovisual sector and expressed the expectation that the Beijing TV and Film International Screening can bring about closer cooperation between Beijing and other countries in audiovisual content, industry, and technology, especially in the commercialization of film-and-TV IPs, the innovation and application of audiovisual technology, and the promotion of visual scenes.
According to Xue Ling, director of China National Tourist Office (CNTO) London, films and TV programs, as the most dynamic form of media for culture and tourism, are easy to spread. She hoped to see more innovation in the Beijing TV and Film International Screening to present a new Beijing through videos. Xue also looked forward to working with more Chinese and British partners to facilitate more exchanges and cooperation in culture and tourism between the two countries.
Neil Semple, head of Creative Industries Unit, UK Department for Business and Trade, updated the guests on the developments and trends in the UK's TV and short film industry, and introduced the country's outstanding mainstream works. He looked forward to closer ties, communication, and cooperation with the film and television industry in Beijing.
Since Beijing and London established their sister city relationship, the two cities have held multiple talks through film and television screenings over the years. In September 2022, the UK Department for International Trade and the Beijing Municipal Radio and Television Bureau jointly hosted the UK-China Culture IP Forum. This year, the two cities actively incorporated new forms of audiovisual media into the Beijing TV and Film International Screening and, by utilizing this platform and relevant resources, held the Beijing-London Short Film Festival events.
At such events, veteran directors who have won previous editions of the London Short Film Festival were invited to share their experience in film creation. Students from art schools in London were excited to showcase the vistas and food of Beijing and London through their works, and to capture the new changes in the two cities in the new era with their cameras.
This year's Beijing TV and Film International Screening was hosted by the Beijing Municipal Radio and Television Bureau.
(Reporter: Guo Jinbiao)