Cannes: China's Wanda to Launch Qingdao Film Festival in 2017
UPDATED: Rose Kuo, known for her work for the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the AFI Fest, will oversee the fest for the conglomerate that also plans to build a film studio and media complex.
CANNES – Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda on Friday highlighted its previously announced intentions to build a film studio and media complex in China and unveiled plans to launch a new "major international film festival" in Qingdao, China in 2017.
The company, which owns U.S. exhibitor AMC Entertainment, also said here that it has named Rose Kuo, most recently executive director of the FIlm Society of Lincoln Center that presents the New York Film Festival, CEO of the new Chinese festival. Kuo is also a former artistic director of Los Angeles’ AFI Fest.
The Qingdao International Film Festival, set to debut in the fall of 2017, "will be a first-class international film festival and serve as a bridge between Eastern and Western filmmaking cultures," Wanda said.
Wanda also said that Stephen Mensch would serve as CEO of the Qingdao Oriental Movie Industrial Park. He previously served as director of strategic production partnerships and studio operations at Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting.
Mensch began his career in entertainment as general manager and vp of sales and marketing for feature systems production equipment.
The news was announced by Hawk Koch, president of the Producers Guild of America and special advisor to Wanda.