New Zealand pushes for more China co-prods

New Zealand has pushed for greater collaboration with the Chinese film industry by sending a delegation to Shanghai, Qingdao and Taipei.

New Zealand has pushed for greater collaboration with the Chinese film industry by sending a delegation on a two-week trip to Shanghai, Qingdao and Taipei.

The team was part of the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) and joined the Belt and Road Film Festival Alliance, which has been set up to help foster cultural exchanges between China and 29 separate countries including New Zealand.

New Zealand pushes for more China co-prods
The Meg

New Zealand already has solid ties with China. While in the country, the New Zealand Film Commission promoted the Jason Statham monster movie The Meg (pictured) that was shot in Auckland as a co-production between New Zealand, China and the US, and will be released internationally next month.

The New Zealand delegation’s trip also included a visit to Wanda Studios Qingdao. Auckland is an official sister city of Qingdao and Wanda Studios is one of China’s main production facilities.

Also unveiled at SIFF was the news that New Zealand is likely to be the majority co-production partner on feature film Shelved, the story of two robots worrying about being replaced by humans. The movie will be a live-action and CGI hybrid that will be produced by Andrew Adamson and directed by James Cunningham, who made the original short on which the feature is based.

China is also forming closer ties with Australia, with drama series The Whistleblower currently shooting in and around Melbourne as the largest co-production yet between the two countries.

Main page image: FreeImages/Bhavit Naik. The Meg image: Warner Bros. Entertainment/RatPac-Dune Entertainment

Editorial note: This article was amended on 3 July 2018 to clarify that Andrew Adamson will produce Shelved, rather than direct as originally stated.

New Zealand pushes for more China co-prods
The Meg

New Zealand has pushed for greater collaboration with the Chinese film industry by sending a delegation on a two-week trip to Shanghai, Qingdao and Taipei.

The team was part of the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) and joined the Belt and Road Film Festival Alliance, which has been set up to help foster cultural exchanges between China and 29 separate countries including New Zealand.

New Zealand already has solid ties with China. While in the country, the New Zealand Film Commission promoted the Jason Statham monster movie The Meg (pictured) that was shot in Auckland as a co-production between New Zealand, China and the US, and will be released internationally next month.

The New Zealand delegation’s trip also included a visit to Wanda Studios Qingdao. Auckland is an official sister city of Qingdao and Wanda Studios is one of China’s main production facilities.

Also unveiled at SIFF was the news that New Zealand is likely to be the majority co-production partner on feature film Shelved, the story of two robots worrying about being replaced by humans. The movie will be a live-action and CGI hybrid that will be produced by Andrew Adamson and directed by James Cunningham, who made the original short on which the feature is based.

China is also forming closer ties with Australia, with drama series The Whistleblower currently shooting in and around Melbourne as the largest co-production yet between the two countries.

Main page image: FreeImages/Bhavit Naik. The Meg image: Warner Bros. Entertainment/RatPac-Dune Entertainment

Editorial note: This article was amended on 3 July 2018 to clarify that Andrew Adamson will produce Shelved, rather than direct as originally stated.

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