Photos & Videos: 2015 U.S.-China Film Summit & Gala Dinner

The Sixth Annual U.S.-China Film Summit on November 5 played to a sellout audience of more than 400 people at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. From start to finish, the signature Asia Society Southern California event delivered timely market intelligence and engaging panel discussions. Michael Ellis of the Motion Picture Association kicked off the Summit with a news-making keynote on the economic impact of film and television in China. Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Director Zhang Yimou closed the Gala Dinner with moving remarks about his ambitious next film, The Great Wall, which portrays Chinese and Americans jointly defending the wall. It is a message of hope, not just for film co-production but for the world.

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Michael Ellis, Asia-Pacific President and Managing Director of the Motion Picture Association, delivers a keynote address on the contribution of the film and television industries to China’s economy. (15 min., 21 sec.)

Frontiers in Content: New Players, New Avenues for U.S.-China Collaboration

Panelists from China and the U.S. discuss new areas for film collaboration, from animation to virtual reality. (1 hr.)

The China Wave: How’s Chinese Investment in Hollywood Doing and What’s Next?

During a panel discussion at the 2015 U.S. China Film Summit, film executives assess Chinese investment in Hollywood and predict more will come. (56 min., 21 sec.)

Keynote: Hou Guangming, Chairman, Academy Council, Beijing Film Academy, in conversation with Seagull Song, Professor, Loyola Law School

Take Two: Overcoming Legal, Financial, Production Disconnects in Cross-Border Films

Panelists discuss how to avoid potholes and misunderstandings when making U.S.-China films. (1 hr.)

The Future of Movie Going: What Will it Take to Keep Film in China Growing?

Panelists analyze what it will take to keep Chinese viewers flowing into cinemas. (47 min., 51 sec.)

Keynote: Greg Foster, Chief Executive Officer, IMAX Entertainment, in conversation with Tom Nagorski, EVP, Asia Society

Insights From the Corner Office: Studio Heads Open Up About U.S.-China Film

Chinese studio heads break down the current market and predict what will come next for the film industry. (55 min., 50 sec.)

Remarks by Gao Yang, President, Yucheng-Zhongluan Investment Co.

U.S.-China Film Summit Award Ceremony

Zhang Zhao, CEO of Le Vision Pictures, and acclaimed film director Zhang Yimou are honored at the 2015 U.S.-China Film Summit. Zhang was awarded the 2015 U.S.-China Film Industry Leadership Award. Yimou was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. (8 min., 45 sec.)