The Future of Co-production Film between the UK & China (2021)

  • Talk Show
  • 2h 8m

The concept of a co-produced film between the UK and China might be quite new to the filmmakers and audience in both countries. Co-production development as well as inspiring new projects is core to the UK-China Film Collab’s founding missions. In 2019, we led a British film delegation to visit Shanghai to explore new ideas and hosted three Shanghai film delegations to the UK.

While interest and enthusiasm are out there, filmmakers are not yet familiar with each other’s market and audience. Since the official Co-production Treaty was signed in 2015, less than five films have been successfully released under the Treaty category. Facilitating ongoing conversation and ideas exchange can help all sides to understand each other more as well as to see potentials better.

What type of co-produced film will appear to the audience on both sides? How to start to develop a co-production script? Where are the possible filming locations?

This panel aims to explore some of these questions above and beyond.

Opening Remarks:

Neil Peplow, Director of International Affairs, British Film Institute Panelists:

Chantel Burrell, Certification Analyst, British Film Institute

Michelle Chen, director of Daughter of Shanghai (2019).

Guanglei Jia, VP and China Business Executive, DNEG

Justin Muller, Head of International Department, Xiangshan Global International Studios

Yixi Sun, writer and director of Susu (2018), Director of Filming East Film Festival.


Curtis Weir, International Film Relations Negotiator, UK-China Film Collab

Dr Hiu Man Chan, Founder & Director, UK-China Film Collab

Please register your place here. A Zoom link invitation will be sent to you 24 hours before the event.

The views expressed by panelists do not necessarily reflect those held by the UK-China Film Collab nor Chinese Cinema Season.




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