U.S. China Film & TV Industry Expo Sets Dates for Expanded Fourth Edition

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From left: Gu Jin, Cultural Counselor of Chinese Consulate-General, Los Angeles; Mike Ellis, APAC President of the MPA; Li Guoqi, Deputy Director of SAPPRFT; Jin Wang, Culture Consul of Chinese Consulate-General, LA; Bianca Chen, CEO of UCFTI Expo

The growing annual event, which brings together decision makers from the U.S. and Chinese entertaiment industries, will return to Los Angeles in late October.

The U.S. China Film & TV Industry Expo unveiled plans Wednesday for an expanded fourth edition to be held in Los Angeles in late October.

The growing industry event, which gathers decision makers from Hollywood and China to meet and develop ties, will again feature a series of panel discussions devoted to issues shaping the world's two largest film and TV markets. Also returning, for its second edition, will be the Golden Screen Awards, which honor individuals and companies for excellence in film co-productions and international relations.

“We are excited to kick off the fourth year of the Expo to include larger scale events and a wider range of topics,” Bianca Chen, CEO of the UCFTI Association, said in a statement. “We see the importance of these collaborative discussions and look forward to another successful year that inspires and deepens connections for U.S./China experts and provides direct experience for current and future content creators and technology professionals.”

The UCFTI Expo's expanded 2017 lineup will include a roster of new interactive creative workshops and technical panels, addressing issues ranging from co-production financing and international marketing, to the latest technological trends in film, such as the emergence of virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D and 4K formats.

Returning as event partners are the Motion Picture Association, Chinese Film Co-Production Corp. and The Hollywood Reporter.

Led by professionals from the film and TV industry, interactive workshops, exhibitions and panels will kick off the program Oct. 19-20 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The Golden Screen Awards — which last year honored Kung Fu Panda 3 (best animated film), Da Tang Xuan Zang (best co-production film) and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Warcraft (honorary awards) — will be held on Oct. 29 at The Novo by Microsoft.

The UCFTI Expo's flagship executive panel discussion program, meanwhile, will return to Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on Oct. 30-31. In recent years, participants and speakers have included executives and scholars from major Hollywood studios, Imax, USC's School of Cinematic Arts, O’Melveny & Myers, China's Dalian Wanda Group, Alibaba Pictures, China Media Capital and many others. 

The MPA again will hold its 7th China International Co-Production Film Screenings at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on Oct. 30-31 to coincide with the panel discussions.  

For more information, see ucftiexpo.com.

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