Mayor of London, British Film Institute to Host Major Chinese Film Celebration

London Mayor Boris Johnson, seen at center, in China in 2013.

The British capital will see numerous events to encourage creative and business links with China.

The British Film Institute and the mayor of London will link up to host a four-day celebration of Chinese culture and film in September, featuring China’s largest collaboration with the Mayor’s Thames Festival and a new industry event to encourage creative and business links between the British and Chinese film industries.

Screen China, the celebration of Chinese culture and film, will take place over four days and nights from Sept. 13 through Sept. 16 as part of the Mayor’s Thames Festival -- London’s only river-focused multi-arts festival and the largest of its kind in the world.

“We have an amazing list of 39 recent, popular films, eight to 20 of which we will be showing on outdoor screens around The Scoop at More London in the shadow of the world-famous Tower Bridge,” organizer Huilin Proctor said in a statement.

The event will feature the first British Chinese Film and Television Summit, which is being supported by China Film Co-Production Corporation and run in partnership with the BFI.

A party of senior officials from the State Administration of Press Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) will attend, as will an industry delegation of more than 200 guests, including directors, producers and film stars.

Screen China and the British Chinese Film & Television Summit are being organized by Allied China Europe Society (ACES) with its China partners the China Record Cultural Media Company and CTV Audio-Visual (Beijing) International Culture Exchange Center. 

Meanwhile, the British Chinese Film & TV Summit will take place at the institute’s Southbank venue on Sept. 15.

One of the first speakers confirmed is Lord Julian Fellowes, who wrote Gosford Park and created Downton Abbey.

The BFI has announced season highlights for the forthcoming ‘A Century of Chinese Cinema’ season, which starts in June and runs until early October at BFI Southbank. 

“It’s the largest and most comprehensive exploration of Chinese cinema ever to be undertaken in the U.K. and will encompass classic martial arts movies, pioneering social dramas, lavish costume epics and cutting-edge modern masterpieces,” the BFI said in a statement.