BEIJING – The second Beijing International Film Festival is set to kick off Monday evening with an opening ceremony to be held at the National Convention Centre, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.
More than 260 films from across the world will be screened during the
festival at various venues across Beijing from April 23 to 28.
Zhang Heping, vice chairman of the festival’s organisation committee,
said the festival is “more localised” in comparison to other
international film events.
“We bring in the foreign essence in order to strengthen ourselves,” Zhang said.
About 4,000 guests including well-known actors, directors and filmmakers from China and abroad are expected to attend the event.
Organisers said Oscar-winning director James Cameron had agreed to
make an appearance at a time when the 3D version of his 1997 film
“Titanic” was setting box office records in China.
Cameron is expected to speak at a forum and meet with Chinese filmmakers about future plans for collaboration.
Other speakers at the forum will include James Gianopulos, chairman
of Fox Film Entertainment and Simon Philips, CEO of Walt Disney’s
subsidiary Walt Marvel Entertainment.
Guests at the festival include American actor Keanu Reeves, Korean actor So Ji-sub and several Chinese actors and actresses.
The first Beijing International Film Festival was held from April 23
to 28 last year where 100 foreign and 60 domestic films were screened at
20 theatres in Beijing. -BERNAMA