Delegation heads to Australia-China Film Industry Forum


Ruth Harley

An Australian delegation of top film executives are to head to China for an industry forum.

Led by Screen Australia’s chief executive Ruth Harley, as well as See-Saw Film’s Emile Sherman and Happy Feet producer Doug Mitchell, the delegation will attend the Australia-China Film Industry Forum

The forum will coincide with the Beijing International Film Festival.

Held on Monday 23 April, the forum will include panel sessions and presentations by Australian film industry experts, producers and directors.

Harley said: “The Australian Embassy in Beijing, through the Australia-China Film Industry Forum, is once again providing an ideal opportunity for Australian producers to establish and further build relationships with Chinese producers and production companies.”

In August of 2011, relationships between the two countries were brought closer together with the Australia-China Screen Alliance, a joint cooperation between the Screen Producers Association of Australia and the China Film Producers Association.

The alliance was sparked by Dragon Pearl director Mario Andreacchio who is included in the delegation.

Two co-productions between the two films have been made, The Dragon Pearl and 33 Postcards, starring Guy Pearce.

Speakers at the forum include:
Dr Ruth Harley, Chief Executive Officer, Screen Australia
Miao Xiaotian, Vice-President, Beijing Film Production Corporation, China Film Corporation Limited
Chris Oliver, Senior Manager, State and Industry Partnerships, Screen Australia
Alaric McAusland, Chairman/Managing Director, Ausfilm/Deluxe Australia
Geoff Brown, Executive Director, Screen Producers Association of Australia
Ellen Eliasoph, President and Chief Executive Officer, Village Roadshow Entertainment Group Asia
Mario Andreacchio, Chairman/Executive Director, Australia-China Screen Alliance/AMPCO Films (Producer of the first official Australia-China film co-production The Dragon Pearl)
Mathew Alderson, Partner, Asia Pacific, Harris & Moure Attorneys


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