11th BJIFF--China Film Development Summit: Splendor of a Century--Thematic Film Forum on the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the Communist Party of China
The 11th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF)--China Film Development Summit: Splendor of a Century--Thematic Film Forum on the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the Communist Party of China, organized by China National Film Museum (CNFM) and the China Film Association (CFA), took place at Beijing Radio & Television Station (BRTV) on the morning of September 22 (Wednesday).  
 
Wang Jiequn, Deputy Director of the Publicity Department of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee, Director of the Beijing Municipal Film Administration, and Vice Chairwoman & Secretary-General of the Organizing Committee of the 11th BJIFF; Chen Ling, Secretary of the Party Leadership Group and Head of CNFM; Song Zhiqin, Executive Deputy Director of the Film Art Center of CFLAC; Fu Ruoqing, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee and Vice Chairman of China Film Group Corporation (CFGC) attended and addressed the forum. Yin Hong, Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, Tsinghua University and Vice Chairman of CFA; and Chun Ni, Hostess of BRTV were moderators. 
 
Also present were Wang Xiaotang, Xie Fang and Tao Yuling, senior film artists; Fu Ruoqing, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee and Vice Chairman of CFGC; Gong Yu, Founder and CEO of iQIYI; Jiang Defu, Chief Executive Officer of Bona Film Group; Li Weiqiang, Chairman of Poly Pictures Investment Co., Ltd.; Wang Changtian, Chairman of Enlight Media; James Wang, Co-founder, Vice Chairman and CEO of Huayi Brothers Media Corp.; Zeng Maojun, President of Wanda Cultural Industry Group & Wanda Media Group; Huang Jianxin, Director of 1921 and a renowned executive producer; Xue Xiaolu, a renowned director; Tang Wei, a renowned actor and Yang Feng, Director of Railway Heroes.
Guests present at the China Film Development Summit: Splendor of a Century--Thematic Film Forum on the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the Communist Party of China pose for a group photo
 
Wang Jiequn, Deputy Director of the Publicity Department of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee, Director of the Beijing Municipal Film Administration, and Vice Chairwoman & Secretary-General of the Organizing Committee of the 11th BJIFF, first introduced the origin and background of the theme. As an art, the film is important part of culture, as well as an embodiment of soft cultural strength, she said. In a pragmatic and steadfast manner, with the philosophy of integrity and innovation, filmmakers are consciously undertaking the cultural mission of upholding the flag, rallying public support, cultivating new talents, promoting culture and demonstrating image in the new era.
Wang Jiequn, Deputy Director of the Publicity Department of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee, Director of the Beijing Municipal Film Administration, and Vice Chairwoman & Secretary-General of the Organizing Committee of the 11th BJIFF
 
As an important film culture exchanges and cooperation platform, the BJIFF has created a new development opportunity for enhancing the function of CNFM, said Chen Ling, Secretary of the Party Leadership Group and Head of CNFM. We should give full play to the role of CNFM in linking audiences to the film industry, rely on the advantage of publicity, ideological and cultural fronts, and regularly demonstrate the development process and achievements of the BJIFF, so as to attract more audiences to the BJIFF to enhance its sustained influence.
Chen Ling, Secretary of the Party Leadership Group and Head of CNFM
 
Song Zhiqin, Executive Deputy Director of the Film Art Center of CFLAC, extended congratulations on the opening of the China Film Development Summit. By analyzing the relations between the Party's history of a century and the development of Chinese films, it is easy to find that the development achievements of Chinese films are closely related to the Party's leadership and the construction of the Party's literary and art theories, which has laid the groundwork for Chinese films to develop their unique style and temperament in the world, he said.
Song Zhiqin, Executive Deputy Director of the Film Art Center of CFLAC
 
China's film technologies have grown out of nothing from introduction and imitation to innovation, made tangible achievements, and formed the endogenous power of self reform and self transcendence, said Fu Ruoqing, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee and Vice Chairman of CFGC.
Fu Ruoqing, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee and Vice Chairman of CFGC
 
To review the Party's brilliant history, carry forward the Party's glorious tradition, and motivate film workers and enthusiasts to firm up their ideals and convictions, draw lessons from history and keep their mission in mind, the BJIFF Organizing Committee has specially planned the "Splendor of a Century--Thematic Film Forum on the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the Communist Party of China" as the opening forum of the 11th BJIFF. By reviewing classics, and saluting film veterans and film art, the forum will promote the development of China's film industry.
 
Wang Xiaotang, Xie Fang and Tao Yuling were invited to share the classic lines of their roles and their memorable experiences on behalf of senior film artists. Wang said she would keep going to live up to the expectations for filmmakers in the era. Xie wished filmmakers all the best and every success in work. Tao recollected the past, thanking audiences for their permanent support to the BJIFF.
Film artist Wang Xiaotang
Film artist Xie Fang 
Film artist Tao Yuling
 
At the industrial representative dialogue, seven leading figures in China's film industry were invited to discuss the current situation of the film industry. A feature of CFGC's film creation this year is pooling the strength of the whole country and industrial resources for creation due to the Covid-19 outbreak, which is also the feature of creation in the whole film industry this year, said Fu Ruoqing, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee and Vice Chairman of CFGC. Gong Yu, Founder and CEO of iQIYI, thought that the impact of the Internet on the film industry is first reflected in the facilitation of film viewing thanks to sci-tech innovation, and the development of blockchain and 5G will even lead to a change in the business model of the industry. Jiang Defu, Chief Executive Officer of Bona Film Group, expressed his special appreciation for the favorable environment and conditions for film creation endowed by the era, which have helped Bona set a precedent for the commercialization of theme films--what they have explored in recent years. In its transition from a large cultural country to a cultural power, China needs to further improve the capability of integrated innovation in content creation and keep exploring the diversification of genres, said Li Weiqiang, Chairman of Poly Pictures Investment Co., Ltd., adding that Poly would create and develop more commercial theme film & television works according with the features of the era. Wang Changtian, Chairman of Enlight Media, noted that the core of the film industry is the film, and there will be no other links without film creation, therefore the mission of a film company is producing good films. In the future, Enlight Media will focus on exploring new film genres and themes, extending boundaries of film contents, vigorously developing and exploring the creation of animated films. Huayi is more concerned about the part behind contents--content creators, and thus pays more attention to director cultivation and exploration, said James Wang, Co-founder, Vice Chairman and CEO of Huayi Brothers Media Corp. Zeng Maojun, President of Wanda Cultural Industry Group & Wanda Media Group, noted that films are mainly driven by contents and technologies. Wanda trying to find a balance will consider a balance between the upstream sectors and downstream sectors of the industry chain.
Industrial representative dialogue
 
Facing the future development of the film industry, Chinese filmmakers are keeping to a right path and making innovations with sober cultural consciousness and firm cultural confidence. The filmmakers spoke eloquently on film creation. As the film is a narrative art and an imaginative art, we should not settle for the authenticity of contents, but also make imaginations and expectations authentic, said Huang Jianxin, Director of 1921 and a renowned executive producer. Chinese mainstream films need to accord with China's mainstream value, and show the basic mentality and yearning of the nation. Now a lot of relatively modern and innovative expressions need to find a balance in localization and fragmented narrations need to discover the literary significance of films, which is low-middle budget films need to consider, said Xue Xiaolu, a renowned director. It is most important for actors to return to the most real and natural life to experience more details, said Tang Wei, a renowned actress, based on her experiences. Directors should be innovative in audio-visual sense and characterization, and filmmakers including directors should have their own characters and views, said Yang Feng, Director of Railway Heroes.
Filmmaker representative dialogue
 
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