Opening Ceremony of the 5th Silk Road International Film Festival to Be Held Tonight





The 5th Silk Road International Film Festival and the 60th anniversary of foundation of Xi’an Film Studio will be opened ceremoniously at Xi’an Western Movie Group this evening.

Directed by China’s State Film Administration, co-sponsored by Shaanxi Provincial People’s Government and Fujian Provincial People’s Government, and co-organized by Xi’an Municipal People’s Government, Shaanxi Provincial Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, Western Movie Group, the 5th Silk Road International Film Festival, which is themed on “New Era, New Silk Road, New Vision”, provides 7 programs of activities, i.e., opening ceremony, country of honor, movie presentation, movie forum, movie review, movie carnival, closing ceremony and award-giving ceremony.

As the starting point of the ancient Silk Road and the core of the modern Silk Road, Xi’an with its generosity of the ancient capital city of the former 13 dynasties welcomes the grand cultural ceremony with open arms.

The opening ceremony of the festival will start with the program of “tribute to classics”, which includes introduction of jury panel, addresses by chairman of jury panel, introduction of candidate films, presentation of crew of films for opening ceremony, address by ambassadors of the film festival, announcement of opening, etc. With artistic programs performed that combines Chinese and western, ancient and modern advantages, the ceremony will fully present Xi’an as a city with long history and deep cultures that will be adapt itself to the world development.

The most impressive program at the opening ceremony will be the homage paid to the 60th anniversary of the foundation of Xi’an Film Studio (predecessor of Western Movie Group), which will also serve as the opening performance of the ceremony. The show will include the presentation of the themed songs of various film works produced by Xi’an Film Studio, which will be performed at the specially made areas that re-create the classic scenes in the classic movies and that employ various technical means in clothing, props, fireworks, device, video, projection. With the performance, the development of film industry in Xi’an will be reviewed and homage paid to the classic films and the efforts made by Western Movie Group.

Growing from the Xi’an-based Xi’an Film Studio, Western Movie Group is one of the important forces in the film industry of New China. It is now one of the six film groups in China and one of the four groups of national film industry layout. A series of excellent movies of domestic and international fame have been produced and represent the highest level of the film making of China, such as Life, Old Well, Red Sorghum, Warriors of Heaven and Earth, A Chinese Odyssey, etc. From here a large number of leading directors of film were born, such as Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige, Xi Fei, Tian Zhuangzhuang, who keep offering new forces to the industry and gaining honors for Chinese films in the world.

New and high technology of international level will be adopted in the performance of the opening ceremony, which will help provide a visual and audio feast that fully presents the charm of movies and raises the image of the city as an international metropolis.

The festival invites Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan as the face, Chinese actor Zhang Jiayi and actress Jing Tian as ambassadors, other important guests include famous directors or actors such as Chen Kaige, Yan Ni, Guan Xiaotong, Kenji Wu, Yu Feihong, Jamal Sal and crews of Fat Buddies, Wish You Were Here, My Sunshine. Xie Fei is the chairman of the jury panel, which consists of Huo Tingxiao, Huang Jianxin and the famous Georgian directress Mariam Khatchvani. Five awards in the categories of the “best feature film”, “best cartoon”, “best documentary”, “best actor”, and “best actress” will be given.

The festival focuses more on the participation of the public than previous editions, with special programs such as “2018 international young directors workshop”, “world through movies”, “carnival of maestros”, “carnival of presentation” to be held. Some 100 Chinese and foreign excellent movies will also be presented in 30 colleges, 10 comprehensive squares, and 100 neighborhoods of Xi’an.

As the only film festival of China with “Silk Road” included in its name, the 5th Silk Road International Film Festival is held at the time of the 5th anniversary of the “Belt and Road Initiative” which was proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping and the 60th anniversary of foundation of Xi’an Film Studio. The festival will erect a bridge to connect Xi’an, Shaanxi Province to the countries and regions along the Belt and Road, promote the exchange and cooperation of cultures and increase the cultural identity and people-to-people connectivity.

As a Class-A film festival, the Silk Road International Film Festival is an important measure of China in implementing the strategy of the “Belt and Road Initiative” and the “Silk Road Economic Belt”, which will take the “Silk Road film bridge project” and the building of “Silk Road Economic Belt” as the opportunity to promote the cultural exchanges of China and other countries along the Belt and Road increase the international influence of Chinese films.

[Source:​​Xi’an Daily]