NHNZ announced a co-production deal with China’s Ke Ying Media at Asian Side of the Doc (ASD) late last week.
ASD tweeted the announcement, which has now been followed up with a release from the two companies.
— SunnySide of the Doc (@SunnySideDoc) March 20, 2015
The announcement greenlights China Still Wild (working title), a two-hour wildlife special, which goes into production at the end of the month. The production will use footage shot by Ke Ying Media over several years. National Geographic Channel Asia will be the broadcaster.
NHNZ Managing Director Kyle Murdoch said, “We are thrilled to be working with Beijing Ke Ying Media on an exclusively Chinese natural history show. A production like China Still Wild cannot be made without a Chinese co-production partner like Beijing Ke Ying Media.”
NHNZ’s Kyle Murdoch and Felix Feng attended ASD, which drew c600 delegates all up including a 20-strong delegation of Australian directors and producers led by Screen Australia.
Since its inaugural outing alongside FILMART in Hong Kong in 2010, ASD has undergone some changes – not the least of which was the departure of the Asian half of the organising team, Keiko Bang. It’s always been focused on pitching and creating opportunities for collaboration rather than being a conference event.
This year, pitches were up for one of three awards, for Chinese, Asian, and International projects.
Screen Australia’s Senior Manager Documentary, Liz Stevens, was one of five judges for the competition. A couple of Australian projects joined the international pitch competition.
A German project, the rather lengthily-titled Worse than War – Fighting Ebola in Liberia’s Bong County, won the international pitch competition. It tells the stories of Liberians working on the front lines to bring the Ebola outbreak to an end.
The even more lengthily-titled The Tielman Brothers and the Birth of the IndoRock, from Indonesia’s Hj Production, took the Best Asian project award. The film documents the eponymous Dutch band, and its rise to popularity in both Holland and Indonesia (the former Dutch East Indies) during the late 1950s.
Doc U Media & Culture’s My Dear Linestook the award for Best Chinese project.
Asian Side of the Doc ran 17 – 20 March in Xiamen, China.