A festival of worthwhile Filipino films may be held in Shanghai or Beijing in China this year or early next year.
This possibility cropped up when the Film Academy of the Philippines hosted a delegation of Chinese film industry officials and craftsmen last June 15 at the Mowelfund Plaza after the just concluded festival of Chinese films at the Shangrila Plaza in Mandaluyong.
FAP Chairman Atty. Espiridion Laxa gives some souvernir items to Chinese film delegation head Mr. Yang Buting, CEO of the China Film Group Corporation, and Ms. Zhang Yahui, liaison officer of the Film Bureau
The head of the delegation, Mr. Yang Buting, the CEO of the China Film Group Corporation, extended the invitation for Filipino films to be screened in Shanghai or Beijing to reciprocate the efforts of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in holding the Chinese film festival which featured six Mainland films.
Mr. Buting was accompanied by Mr. Fong Xiaoning, the director of the film Gada Meilin, his wife Liu Wei, actress of Gada Meilin, and Ms. Zhang Yahui, liaison officer of the Film Bureau, State Administration of Radio, Film and Television.
The other members of the delegation include (from left to right) Mrs. Liu Wei. actress of the film Gada Meilin,; her husband Mr. Feng Xiaoning, Gada Meilin director; and Ms. Li Hongjie, cultural attache, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Philippines
Mr. Buting said they hope to bring a good number of Filipino films that may be enough to constitute a film fetival in various places in China.
Among the Filipino film officials who hosted the Chinese delegation were Atty. Espiridion Laxa, FAP chairman; Director Eddie Romero, national artist for film; Ms.Boots Anson-Roa, Mowelfund executive director; Mr. Nick Deocampo, Mowelfund film institute director, and Mr. Elvert Banares of the Cinema Value Reorientation Program of the NCCA.
Ms. Ju Wen Bei (standing), a reporter from CCTV, confers with Mrs. Liu Wei, Mr. Feng Xiaoning and Ms. Li Hongjie