NZFC staff plus a number of China-engaged representatives of the NZ production and post sectors have just returned from a trip to China that took in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing.
The Guangzhou leg of the trip was hung around the Auckland-Los Angeles-Guangzhou Tripartite Economic Alliance Summit, which was more broadly-focused than screen industry activity, and more broadly focused than Auckland as the most active NZ entertainment organisations in Guangzhou is the Weta Group of companies. Pukeko Pictures’ Richard Taylor and Clive Spink attended and (later in the trip) also announced that Pukeko’s Kiddets will join a theme park in Beijing.
Screen sector components of the Tripartite programme included presentations from Screen Auckland’s Michael Brook and the NZFC’s Chris Payne, as well as visits to leading Guangzhou screen sector companies (Alpha, Pearl River Film Group, Leafun). Digipost, Diva Productions, Images & Sound, Method, Staples VR and Syrp flew the flag for the NZ industry.
In Shanghai the Chinese arm of NZ-based Vista Group (which supports the NZFC’s producer development programme) co-hosted an event for over 50 local industry leaders including representatives of Shanghai Film Group, Shanghai Oriental Pearl Media, and Shanghai Media Group. There was (as there has been for several years) strong interest in NZ post-production facilities and personnel. Separate meetings were also held with production powerhouses Alpha Group and Huace Group. Digipost, Diva Productions, Images & Sound, Method, Park Road Post, Resn, Screen Auckland and Wrestler all came away with new connections.
The visit to Beijing was timed to coincide with the Wellington Mayoral Business Delegation to China, South Korea and Japan. The schedule included networking events and visits with Pukeko Pictures’ partner Blossom Studios, China Film Co-Production Corporation, China Film Group, and government agency SAPPRFT.
Huhu Studios, already doing business in China and the NZ end of the first China-NZ co-pro feature Beast of Burden, joined the NZ delegation in Beijing, as did Screen Wellington and reps from NHNZ, which has had a Beijing office for some years.
Top image: NZFC CEO Dave Gibson, SMG Pictures CEO Ms YU Jie, and Vista China CEO Mr Lawrence Wang