Beijing Screenings open to buyers

Event attracts first distribs from Hungary, Senegal, Turkey

SHANGHAI -- The 12th annual Beijing Screenings opened Tuesday in hopes of attracting buyers for more than 60 Chinese-made films that will be shown in the capital during its four-day run.

Organizers at the state-run China Film Group invited more than 100 buyers and film festival programrs from 22 countries, including representatives from the Festival de Cannes, the Venice Film Festival and the Shanghai International Film Festival.

Buyers from Hungary, Turkey and Senegal will participate for the first time, CFG said in a statement.

Among the films screening are the 2007 film "Assembly" by Feng Xiaogang, which earned more than 100 million yuan ($14.7 million) at the boxoffice but has yet to find a distributor in North America or Japan.

The event also will host public screenings of 40 films at a popular local cinema, selling discount tickets for only 5 yuan ($0.73).