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Marché du Film Announces Inaugural ‘China Summit’ Program

Marché du Film Announces Inaugural 'China Summit' Program

The Marché du Film has confirmed the program and multiple speakers for the inaugural Marché du Film China Summit, which will take place during the upcoming Marché. The Summit has been established to help film

industry professionals learn more about the Chinese marketplace and to enable Chinese professionals to connect with their industry peers, providing a platform that promotes international business connections.

This series of conferences and events,

reserved for Marché Badge holders, includes numerous round-table panel discussions focusing on key topics identified as most relevant to the current Chinese market, including theatrical and VOD distribution as well as a discussion on international

productions. A section of the Summit is to be co-hosted by CNC (Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée) under the umbrella title of “The French Chinese Meetings” which consist of two round-table panel discussions on Saturday May 16th.

Variety, Screen International, The Hollywood Reporter and The Chinese Film Market are signed on as supporting media partners.

The Marché du Film China Summit will run from Saturday May 16th to Tuesday May 19th, concluding on the Tuesday evening

with the annual China Night Party, which is to be hosted in partnership with China Movie Channel and Champs Lis International.The Marché du Film will run from May 13th to 22nd.

On announcing the program, Marche du Film Executive Director Jérôme Paillard commented “With the increasing global interest in China’s film industry,
combined with the increasing presence of Chinese executives at the Marché du Film, this exclusive 3-day series of conferences and events will help promote
business opportunities and international partnerships amongst professionals. It will cover all aspects of partnerships with China, from international
co-productions and French-Chinese collaborations to theatrical and VOD distribution.”

The Marché du Film China Summit will commence on the afternoon of Saturday, May 16th with an introduction by Frédérique Bredin(CNC) and Yin Fu (China
Cultural Center in Paris), followed by two round-table panel discussions welcoming Jean-Paul Salome, (Unifrance), Isabelle Glachant (Chinese Shadows),
Valérie Lepine-Karnik (Film France) and Franck Priot (Film France), Richard Patry (FNCF), Xavier Castano (Loull Productions), Cary Cheng (Wanda), Michel
Ferry (Cinéma des Carmes), Olivier Grandjean (Pathé), Gary Mak (Broadway Cinematheque) and Zhang Rengang (Tianjin North Film Group). The first
round-table panel is titled “Attractiveness of French and Chinese Territories” followed by “Strategies of Exhibition and Distribution in France and China,
examples of Chinese-French co-productions.”

The Marché du Film China Summit continues on Monday, May 18th and Tuesday, May 19th with the support of the Marche’s new leading Summit partner, Deloitte
Consulting. Hou Po, Partner of Deloitte Consulting, TMT Leader of Deloitte China, will introduce the discussions, the first of which, on Monday, May 18th,
will provide an overview of the Chinese film distribution market, moderated by Patrick Frater (Variety) and welcoming Jeffrey Chan (Bona Film Group), Chen Sijie (SMG Pictures),
James Li (Wuzhou Film Distribution Co. ltd) and Lin Ning (WeChat Movie).

The final two round-table panel discussions are scheduled for Tuesday, May 19th,
the first focusing on Video On Demand opportunities in China, moderated by Liz Shackleton (Screen International) and welcoming Marc Ganis (Jiaflix
Enterprises), David U. Lee (Leeding Media), Li Yansong (iQIYI) and Allen Zhu Huilong (Youku Tudou Inc.). The second session will focus on international
production with China, moderated by Clifford Coonan (The Hollywood Reporter) and welcoming Wendy Reeds (Lionsgate International), SHI Nansun (Distribution
Workshop), Allen Wang Jun (Yingke Law Firm) and Zhou Yuan (Linmon Pictures).

All the conferences will provide bilingual English-Mandarin simultaneous interpretation.

The Summit will this year include the third edition of the New Chinese Film Talents Fund Forum jointly established in 2013 by Champs Lis lnternational and
the Marché du Film. The Forum encourages and supports promising young Chinese filmmakers in their understanding of the global cinema marketplace, of the
commercial requirements of the film industry and of their approach of the international production business. Eight projects, selected by a committee of
international experts, will be pitched on Monday, May 18th at 2pm. More information on the projects will be announced soon.

Marche du Film Chine Summit Schedule and Information:

1) Subject: The Attractiveness of French and Chinese Territories 

Date: Saturday May 16th 15:00-16:30

Venue: CNC Space, Gray d’Albion Beach

Introductory speeches by Frédérique Bredin, CEO of CNC, and YIN Fu, Director of the China Cultural Center in Paris. Description: France and China share a
common ambition for their film industries. They consider film to have both a cultural and an economic impact. Providing attractive shooting locations and
completion of post-production is proven to benefit the local economy. Directly and indirectly the industry creates jobs and, in the long run, tourism
benefits from the attractive images that are shown worldwide.

France has considered the issue of territory attractiveness a priority for many years,
setting up a network of local film commissions placed under the umbrella of Film France and offering a tax incentive dedicated to foreign pictures.
Valérie Lépine and Franck Priot will explain the benefits of such policies and discuss cases of Chinese producers choosing France as a shooting

Jean-Paul Salome, President of Unifrance

UniFrance Films is a non-profit organization based in Paris with representatives in Beijing, Mumbai, New York and
Tokyo, its aim is to promote French cinema worldwide. This association accompanies French films in the international marketplace, from their sale all the
way through to their distribution, and on the international film festival circuit. Elected in 2013 President of Unifrance and re-elected in 2015, Jean-Paul
Salomé is a famous French film director and writer.

Panelists to Include:

Isabelle Glachant, Producer and Delegate of Unifrance in China

Producer and Delegate of Unifrance in China, Glachant began her film career with Shanghai
Dreams (Jury Prize in Cannes), then worked on the productions of numerous Chinese directors including Li Yu, Lu Chuan, Lou Ye and Wang Xiaoshuai, including
11 Flowers, the first official French-Chinese co-production. Her company Chinese Shadows focuses on Production, through Asian Shadows she represents Asian

Valérie Lepine-Karnik, CEO of Film France

Lépine-Karnik, joined Film France as CEO in 2014. She previously held the position of Deputy Director of the
Cinema Department at the Centre National du Cinéma et de L’image Animée (CNC), after heading the international Federation of Film Producers associations

Franck Priot, COO of Film France

Priot is Chief Operating Officer of Film France, the French Film Commission. His areas of responsibility include
overseeing the Tax rebate for international productions. He is currently the key person spearheading Film France’s efforts to increase relationships with
China, having worked with on numerous Chinese films and TV series, including Jackie Chan’s Chinese Zodiac and Leon Lai’s Wine War.

2) Subject: Strategies of Exhibition and Distribution in France and China, Examples of Sino-French Co-Productions

Date: Saturday May 16th 16:30-18:00

Venue: CNC Space, Gray d’Albion Beach

Description: Since the April 2010 French-Chinese Co-production agreement was signed, two French directors have shot their films in Chinese in China. The
Nightingale and The Wolf Totem are pictures of different natures, but for both directors, the experience of working in China was both challenging and
rewarding. This accomplishment was particularly impressive in the case of The Wolf Totem, which found great success at the box office in France and in
China. The round table will discuss the issues of distribution and exhibition in France and in China. Can art houses and commercial theaters co-exist and
draw large audiences in both countries? How do co-produced films succeed at the box office?

Richard Patry, President of the French Cinema Exhibitors’ Association

Patry has served as President of the French Cinema Exhibitors’ association since
January 2013 and was unanimously re-elected in January 2015. He is also CEO of NOE Cinémas which operates 62 screens in Normandy, the East of France and
in the Paris region, and President of the grouping of Normandy Cinemas, a professional organization which brings together cinemas across the region’s 5
departments. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Festival de Cannes.

Panelists to Include:

Xavier Castano, Loull Productions

Cary Cheng, Head of International Production & Development, Wanda

Michel Ferry, Cinéma des Carmes

Olivier Grandjean,
Head of exhibition, Pathé

Gary Mak, CEO of Broadway Cinematheque

Zhang Rengang, CEO of Tianjin North Film Group

3) Subject: Chines Film Market Overview

Date: Monday May 18th 10:00-12:00

Venues: Cinema Olympia 1

Media Partner: Variety

Description: With the great development of the Chinese theatrical network, China strengthens its position as the world’s second largest box office market.
High profile panelists will illustrate the preferences and characteristics of Chinese audiences, the distribution protocols and the influence of marketing
strategies on movie success.

Patrick Frater, Asia Bureau Chief, Variety

Patrick Frater has over 20 years of experience writing about and analyzing the international film industry. He
was Asia editor of Variety between 2005 and 2009 and re-joined the publication in July 2013. In 2010, he co-founded regional film trade publication Film
Business Asia and consultancy firm F Media. He travels widely within the Asia-Pacific region, and is a regular radio pundit, conference host and public

Panelists to Include:

Jeffrey Chan,
COO and Board member of Bona Film Group

Jeffrey Chan has over 20 years of experience in the film distribution and entertainment industry (Media Asia Holdings Limited, PCCW/Cable &
Wireless Ltd). He joined Bona Film in 2008 and co-founded Distribution Workshop, a HK based joint venture subsidiary of Bona. Bona Film Group is a leading
film distributor in China, with an integrated business model encompassing film distribution, production, exhibition and talent representation.

James Li, General Manager of Wuzhou Film Distribution Co., ltd

James Li has worked in China’s film industry over the past 17 years, and has overseen and
distributed over 200 films in China. He served as the Director of Film Distribution Department at Wanda Media from 2011. At the end of 2014, Wanda Media,
Dadi Times Film Distributor, Guangzhou Jinyi International Cinemas, and Hengdian World Studios co-founded the Wuzhou Company which is a leading company in
media industry focusing on film distribution, film marketing and branding.

Lin Ning, Founder of Beijing Weying Technology Co,Ltd,( WeChat Movie).

Lin Ning is an entrepreneur of internet and media who founded Weying in 2014. Their
product Weipiao has covered more than 300 cities in China within a year, linked to 3500 cinema and 1200 theater’s ticket system. As the exclusive service
company embedded in WeChat with 700 million users, Weying’s marketing distribution model based on social networking has gained a large popularity among
most distributors and producers.

Chen Sijie, CEO, SMG Pictures

With experiences in journalism and the world wide web industries, Chen Sijie is a major figure in the new media industry.
Established in 2011, SMG Pictures is majority owned by Shanghai Media group, the 2nd largest media conglomerate in China. SMG Pictures conducts diversified
business in the filmed entertainment industry, such as script development, production, distribution and entertainment marketing. SMG Pictures has a
partnership with international mainstream media and production houses.

(Introduction by Hou Po, Partner of Deloitte Consulting, TMT Leader of Deloitte China)

4) Subject: Video on Demand Opportunities in China

Date: Tuesday May 19th 10:00-12:00

Venues: Cinema Olympia 1

Media Partner: Screen Intentional  

Description: Due to its rapid growth, the Chinese VOD market attracts the attention of professionals from the world over. New key players in this booming
industry will talk about their business strategies, present characteristics of the Chinese audience and share their experiences.

Liz Shackleton, Asia Editor, Screen International

Liz Shackleton is Screen’s Asia Editor based in Hong Kong. She is also the founder of CHIME Consulting,
which helps Western companies and government organisations to work with the fast-developing Chinese and Indian film industries. She was also recently
appointed as Asia Programmer and Producer for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Panelists to Include:

Marc Ganis, President, CEO and Co-Founder of Jiaflix Enterprises

Marc Ganis, co-founder of Jiaflix Enterprises, has been active in China for more than a
decade in the capital markets, sports and entertainment sectors. In partnership with China Movie Channel/CCTV6 and its digital subsidiary, Jiaflix
has established WOW Cinema, a subscription and pay-per-view portal in China. Ganis has established with Jiaflix an affordable monthly subscription fee and
developed strong anti-piracy efforts.

David U. Lee, Founder and CEO of Leeding Media

David U.Lee is one of the most accomplished entrepreneurs who successfully bridges the U.S. and China film
industries. Under his leadership, Leeding Media has become an experienced marketer of international films in China. The company helped the subscription
streaming service between Alibaba Group and Lionsgate. It also controls the exclusive digital distribution rights to the Lakeshore, Myriad, IM Global,
Voltage, Exclusive Media and Sierra/Affinity libraries.

Li Yansong VP of iQIYI, President of iQIYI Motion Pictures

Li Yansong was one of the first to join the newly founded iQIYI in 2010. iQIYI, one of China’s
leading online video platforms, has successfully set up China’s first copyrighted video library covering diverse contents including movie, TV drama,
variety show, comic, documentary etc. After managing iQIYI’s Film Channel Division, he was recently appointed as President of iQIYI Motion Pictures as well
as Vice President of iQIYI.

Allen Zhu HuilongSVP of Youku Tudou Inc. & CEO of Heyi Film

Zhu Huilong has joined Youku in 2006 and was a driving force to advance Subscription
video-on-demand model in mainland China in 2009. Youku Tudou Inc., China’s leading Internet television company, has
gradually set cooperation with major
Hollywood studios for content acquisition and
it began from 2012 to focus on trade cooperation between the Internet and the film industry. From 2014, Zhu Huilong became also the CEO of Heyi Film, a
production company, wholly owned by Youku Tudou.

(Introduction by Hou Po, Partner of Deloitte Consulting, TMT Leader of Deloitte China)

5) Subject: International Production with China

Date: Tuesday May 19th 15:00-17:00

Venues: Cinema Olympia 1

Media Partner: The Hollywood Reporter 

Description: International co-productions come under different arrangements. How is it with China, under a co-production treaty or not? Insiders will
discuss the advantages and the pitfalls of co-producing with China. And how to co-produce films for the Chinese market, and abroad.

Moderator: Clifford Coonan, Asia Bureau Chief, The Hollywood Reporter

Clifford Coonan has worked as a correspondent in China for over a decade, enjoying a front-row seat on this world’s second biggest movie market and on the
fastest growing entertainment sector on the planet: Asia. Before moving to Beijing, he was a Reuters correspondent for seven years. He is widely published
in The Irish Times, The Independent, Variety and The Times and has appeared on BBC Radio and NPR.

Panelists to Include:

Wendy Reed, EVP, International Sales of Lionsgate International

A 20-year int’l sales and distribution veteran, Wendy Reeds is in charge of licensing films in all of Asia, including China. For many
years, she ran Celestial Tiger Entertainment out of Hong Kong. She has been instrumental in building Lionsgate’s operations in
China, with 17 films released over the past 3 years. Lionsgate recently announced a multifaceted partnership with Hunan TV for slate financing, film production and distribution, and a content licensing agreement with The Alibaba Group

Shi Nansun Chairman, Distribution Workshop

Shi Nansun has produced such blockbusters as The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D and Young Detective Dee – Rise
of the Sea Dragon. She founded Cinema City and Film Workshop Co Ltd. with acclaimed Producer/Director TSUI Hark. She was a member of the International Jury
at the Berlinale 2007. She was a jury member at the 2011 Festival de Cannes. In 2013, she received the French title of Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des
Lettres. In 2014, she was awarded as Best Independent Producer at Locarno Film Festival.

Allen Wang Jun, Senior Partner of Yingke Law Firm

Allen Wang has been named an Asia-Pacific leading TMT/Entertainment lawyer consecutively for the last
three years. He was named amongst the Top 15 Litigators in China in 2015. He represents more than 20 of the leading Chinese entertainment including Huayi
Brothers, Hunan TV, Alibaba’s Entertainment Investment, KOFIC and more. Yingke Law Firm is one of the largest Chinese law firms with over 25 offices across
China and 24 international offices.

Zhou Yuan, EVP of Linmon Pictures

Zhou Yuan was the former Head of Motion Pictures of SMG Pictures, where he built up the company’s film business by
investing in project development, expanding distribution networks, delivering integrated marketing services as well as establishing an intimate
relationship with international partners .In August 2014, he left SMG Pictures and founded Linmon Pictures, a new generation entertainment company invested
by China’s largest Internet service provider Tencent. As the Executive Vice President, he is responsible for the Motion Pictures business, Corporate
Strategy and Investment.

(Introduction by Hou Po, Partner of Deloitte Consulting, TMT Leader of Deloitte China)

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