Islamabad—A three-day China film week festival started here on Friday at Pakistan National of the Arts (PNCA), in line with the 65th Pak-China Friendship anniversary. The inaugural ceremony was attended by China Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong, Director General PNCA Ifitkhar Babar, Film Director and President Pakistan Film Producers Association (PPFA) Syed Noor, Representative of Shanghai Association of Film Distribution and Exhibition.
A large number of people from different walks of life also attended the ceremony. During the three-day China film festival four Chinese films would be screened including River, The Verse of Us, Ata and Young Love Lost. Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Ambassador of China to Pakistan said that the film festival would benefit people of both countries to learn from the experience of each other in the field of film and art.
He said that Pakistan and China are enjoying very cordial relations and both countries are time tested friends. He said that cultural activities would further strengthened the friendly relations between the two countries. Film Director Syed Noor said that the festival would further promote friendly relations. He said that it would also encourage the film producers to step forward for joint production.
Earlier, in his address of welcome, Director General PNCA Iftikhar Babar said that it would be very positive for Pakistan film Industry to know the modern technics and art of China film industry, adding that joint production would be great to produce films and drama. He said that China-Pakistan Cultural Corridor is (CPCC) is playing very vital role in further strengthening the people to people contact of the two countries.
He said that the people of Pakistan will have a chance to learn more about culture and film industry of China, while enjoying watching it. He said that it would be the part of on-going efforts of promoting bilateral relationship between the people of both the friendly countries through common cultural heritage and history.
Cinema was introduced in China in 1896 and the first Chinese film, The Battle of Dingjunshan, was made in 1905, with the film industry being centered on Shanghai in the first decades. The first sound film, Sing-Song Girl Red Peony, using the sound-on-disc technology, was made in 1931. The 1930s, considered the first “golden period” of Chinese cinema.