A group of Chinese officials and film executives will be visiting Nashville, Tennessee from April 19-23. The visit is the result of a successful exchange last year during the Nashville Film Festival and joint efforts to promote industry collaborations supported by the State of Tennessee ECD International Division, the Chinese film industry and affiliated ministries. The group will showcase 6 feature films at the Nashville Film Festival’s “Spectrum China” and also meet with counterparts in Tennessee to discuss opportunities for distribution and co-production of films for both U.S. and the Chinese markets.
Nashville Film Festival is one of the top film festivals in the country and the 47th NaFF will attract over 50,000 participants presenting the best in World Cinema, American Indies, documentaries, and numerous short form programs by veteran masters, up-and-coming directors, and first-time filmmakers. With Academy Award qualifying status and numerous well-attended shorts programs, NaFF has screened many prize-winning narrative and animated shorts and have won the highest honors in the film world.
The delegation is co-hosted by the Tennessee Entertainment Commission, the Nashville Film Festival and JC Business Group, a China business consultancy based in Nashville with operations in China. JCBG and its China office have been working closely with the Tennessee Entertainment Commission, NaFF and the Chinese Film Producers Association to facilitate the visits and on-going partnerships between Tennessee and China.
“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”, says Ted Crockett, Executive Director of the Nashville Film Festival.
China is adding 20 screens per day and will soon surpass U.S. to become the top film market in box office revenues. “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.” says Li Weaver, President of JC Business Group.
"The Tennessee Entertainment Commission and ECD International Division is very excited to be in partnership with the Nashville Film Festival & JC Business Group to host the Chinese Film Producer's Association in the State of Tennessee. This is an important step in bridging relations with China's rapidly growing entertainment industry and showcasing the talent Tennessee has to offer on an international level”, said Tennessee Executive Director, Bob Raines. We look forward to growing this partnership and expanding our industry beyond Tennessee's borders.
For more information about the Tennessee Entertainment Commission and Nashville Film Festival please visit www.tnentertainment.com and www.nashfilm.org; To learn more about the Chinese delegation visit please contact Ms. Li Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org.