With a number of Hollywood films flocking to China to shoot, the development of the Oriental Movie Metropolis based in Qingdao, and the recent announcement of the expansive China Movie World set for Shanghai, China has been setting itself up to make giant movies and bring in giant business. The county of Anji, which is located near Shanghai, is taking things a step further with a recent announcement that it plans to create China’s own version of the culturally thriving Cannes. An article in The Location Guide elaborated on the new relationship between China and authorities in Cannes, who will work together to create a zone that will offer film services and host a dedicated festival inspired by none other than Cannes itself.
Upcoming US features Warcraft and Seventh Son have been invested in through the state-run China Film Group, and the Chinese government is striving to bring more big productions to the area with its incentive package. The recent Transformers: Age of Extinction filmed partially in China and has become a record breaking release, bringing in the highest box office numbers China has ever seen.
Xiao Wunan, the Executive Vice-Chairman of the Asian Pacific Exchange and the Cooperation Foundation, mentioned his aspirations for Anji and the impact he hopes it will have on China. “This film festival should also maintain strong Chinese features. We hope this program can push China’s film industry to a higher level.” (The Location Guide)