1995 Sundance Film Festival in China

The Sundance Film Festival in Beijing, funded by Turner Entertainment, the Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific, the Pokka Corporation, and Motion Picture Imaging/Eastman Kodak (Asia Pacific) was organized with the intention of building working relationships between the American and Chinese film communities, and featured U.S. and Chinese films equally during the event, while presenting a series of panel discussions on film production as well.
o The delegation of American filmmakers include Quentin Tarantino, Joel and Ethan Coen, Allison Anders, Richard Linklater, Victor Nunez and Peggy Rajski. The Chinese filmmakers and films from China include FAN YUAN (The Accused), WU ZINIU (The Nanking Massacre), YE DAYING (Red Cherries), Zhou Xiaowen (Ermo), Zhou Youchao (Green Grass), XIE FEI (The Black Horse), SHERWOOD XUEHUA HU (Warrior Lanling) and TENG WENJI (The Conqueror).
o Participants in the Festival’s panel discussions and seminars include major fifth generation Chinese Filmmakers Chen Kaige (Farewell, My Concubine), Zhang Yimou (Shanghai Triad), Tian Zhuangzhuang (The Blue Kite), producer/distributor Barbara Robinson, as well as Sundance’s Geoffrey Gilmore, entertainment lawyer/producer Tom Garvin, Sony Pictures Classics Co-President Michael Barker, Condor Communications President Ian Jessel, producer and former Fine Line Features President Ira Deutchman, producer Chris Sievernich, Fine Line Senior VP of Marketing Elizabeth Manne and Film Finances’ Richard Soames.
o Zhang Yimou attended the event (he participated in a panel), however none of his films were shown. There was a controversy surrounding his film SHANGHAI TRIAD. It played the New York Film Festival the month prior and he declined to attend. Some speculated that the Chinese government prevented him from attending.

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