Malaysia’s animated feature film, ‘King of Shadows’ was selected as one of the 10 prestigious film projects in the ‘Bridging The Dragon’ initiative that was announced during the Cannes Film Festival 2015.
The film, directed by Yoki Chin, an international award-winning film director and CEO of FilmPoint Sdn Bhd was selected among 8 live actions and 2 animated movies from over 100 international projects with some reaching USD40 million of production cost. The projects were mainly developed by renowned directors and producers who attended the final ‘Bridging The Dragon’ content lab in Locarno, Switzerland on 4th to 10th August 2015.
“With so many talented industry professionals looking for funds to produce their films, it is an extremely competitive pool at ‘Bridging The Dragon’ and for ‘King of Shadows’ to emerge as one the top 10 projects, it does attest to the capabilities of Malaysian film professionals,” said Yoki Chin who attended the first lab that was held in Shanghai, China from 9th to 13th June with Han Chung Huat, the Executive Producer/COO of FilmPoint and the final lab in Locarno, Switzerland recently.
At the ‘Bridging The Dragon’ lab, a group of panel consisting of international scriptwriters, producers, sales agents and distributors contributed in revising the scripts and shaping the direction of the movie, to prepare them for European, China and other international market. Furthermore, the lab opens up opportunities for film directors and producers to work with top scriptwriters such as Mr. Su Huan, one of the highest paid scriptwriters in China who has written several box office movies which grossed over USD200 million each.
That is not all, ‘Bridging The Dragon’ served as an impetus to connect European and Chinese film professionals and aims to function as the platform to forge closer ties between the global film industries. The lab was supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg of Germany, D’Hive of China, NL Film Fonds of the Netherlands, British Film Institute of the United Kingdom, Goethe Institut of Germany and Direzione Generale Cinema of Italy. Moreover, it was also supported by the European Film Market, Cannes Film Festival, First International Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival and Marche du Film China Summit.
Yoki Chin, CEO of Filmpoint with Datuk Seri Panglima Salleh Said Keruak, Minister of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia
Bridging the Dragon Lab