Following a successful inaugural joint venture with Chinese officials and filmmakers during last year’s Nashville Film Festival, NaFF again includes a ‘China Spectrum’ block of films at this year’s festival as it continues through Saturday, April 23. Having arrived at the festival on Tuesday, April 19, this special delegation will be on hand until the close of the festival to celebrate what has now become an annual event for NaFF. While attending the festival, they will also meet with counterparts in Tennessee to discuss opportunities for distribution and co-production of films both in the U.S. and in Chinese markets.
Co-hosted by the Tennessee Entertainment Commission, JC Business Group, a China bussiness consultancy based in Nashville with operations in China, and the Nashville Film Festival, this collaborative effort not only facilitates this visit, but will also foster on-going partnerships between Tennessee and China.
In a recent statement, NaFF Executive Director Ted Crockett said, “We partnered with the Tennessee Film Commission and JC Business Group to host a group of Chinese film producers last year and they were very impressed with the caliber of our festival and the opportunities presented right here in Nashville”.
JC Business Group President Li Weaver added, ““The Chinese government allows 34 imported films a year screened in China. But there is no limit for co-produced films. We look forward to partnering with the entertainment industries in both countries to develop more family friendly content that can be distributed in both China and the U.S.”
Among the films screening as part of this international celebration of film and filmmaking are:
“A Blossom of Love in Gannan” (Director: Liqiang Gao) An ethnic Han Chinese doctor from the city reluctantly arrives in the grassland steppes to provide medical services to rural Tibetan herders in 1968. The cast includes: Huailong Li, De Ji and Guoyi Chen. “A Blossom of Live in Gannan” screens Wednesday, April 20 at 2 p.m.
“Hearing Implant” (Director: Junliang Fang) A couple saves money for years to get an artificial cochlear implant for their deaf daughter. When they finally get the implant, they lose it. Despite financial and emotional despair, they begin a journey to find it. Starring Zhibo Yuan, KunLin Li, Jing Li and LanWu Wang. “Hearing Implant debuts Wednesday, April 20 at 4:15.
“A Noble Spirit” (Director: Yue Miao) In the summer of 2001, Jumei Duoji had just graduated from the Sichuan Tibetan School. He was assigned to work in a village in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan province, China, which is known for its harsh conditions. Featuring Rinchen Ngawang, Maggie Jiang and Jin Chen. “Noble Spirit” screens at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 21. Click Here for tickets.
“Promise” (Director: Lin Sheng, Yong Li) Two children are forced to leave school because of financial problems. A worker from Shanghai saves her money to help pay for their education. However, things get complicated when she’s diagnosed with a terminal illness.Cast includes: Hui Yu, Wei Pu (Hani), Li Long (Hani), Shuli Yang and Qiying Guan. “Promise” screens at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 21. Click Here for tickets.
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