The 8th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF 2018) will be held in Beijing from April 15th to 22nd, 2018. BJIFF 2018 consists of seven major sections including Tiantan Award selection, Opening Ceremony, Beijing Film Panorama, Theme Forum, Film Market, Film Carnival and Closing & Awards Ceremony, as well as hundreds of relevant activities.
Thanks to its constant improvement in guest lineup, quality of competing and exhibiting films and international influence since its inception in 2011, BJIFF that has been a large annual cultural carnival of Beijing with the most international influence now establishes itself into an exchange platform between domestic and foreign films, a trend-maker of the film market, an incubator of new works and talents and a new brand of the culture of Beijing.
Tiantan Award, the Competition Section set up in 2013, has attracted some 3,200 registered films from over 90 countries and regions and invited some 40 world famous directors and masters as judges; Honored to present brilliant and starring Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the Red Capet Sessions of each BJIFF witness some 400 film stars, presidents of film festivals, film institutions and top executives of film groups from all over the world. In the past seven years, it has organized over 5,000 panoramas and activities for 2,400 choice masterpieces with high artistic merit and appreciation, which is warmly received by fans and audiences and has become a phenomenal cultural event of Beijing recurring each April; Over 170 renowned Chinese and foreign film professionals have attended the Theme Forum, discussing on frontier issues of the film industry and guiding development of industry; Contract value of Film Market has risen from CNY2.794 billion in the first BJIFF to CNY17.458 billion in the seventh, amounting to a total of CNY74.953 billion. With contracted projects covering the whole industry chain, it is now one of the largest film markets in Asia. Box offices of the films exhibited, financed and promoted at the VC platform of the Film Market have topped an accumulative value of CNY2 billion, of which some are finalized or winning works at famous international film festivals; Film Carnival has developed into a Huairou-based activity system that has attracted millions of participants, driving the development of China (Huairou) Movie and Television Industry Demonstration District; BJIFF widely absorbs various relevant activities, actively explores new works and talents and comprehensively promotes film culture.
In recent years, China's film industry has developed rapidly and steadily, thus becoming an engine for the global film industry. As the agglomeration area of China's core film resources, Beijing is stepping up the construction of a national cultural center and an international exchange center. In the meantime, Beijing is expediting its building as a National Cultural Center and an International Exchange Center. As an excellent platform and carrier for communication of the Chinese culture and exchange of the international film culture, BJIFF is now drawing attention of the global film circle. Presidents or representatives from international films festivals including Tokyo International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, top executives or representatives from international guilds including Motion Picture Association of America（MPAA）, UniFrance Films, British Film Institute(BFI), German Films, Associazione Nazionale Industrie Cinematografiche Audiovisive eMultimediali (ANICA) and Polish Film Institute (PISF), hundreds of domestic and foreign film enterprises and tens of thousands of film professionals will join the 8th BJIFF, working together to “Share the Screen, Shape the Future”.