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Eight Canadian films to delight Asian audiences at fifth Beijing International Film Festival

14 April 2015

Montreal, April 14, 2015 – Telefilm Canada is proud to announce that eight Canadian films have been selected for screening in the non-competitive Panorama and Forward Future sections at the fifth Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF), which runs this year from April 16 to 23. Lindsay Mackay (Wet Bum), director, Paula Devonshire (Wet Bum), producer, Jeremy Thomas (Ally Was Screaming), director, Colin Sheldon (Ally Was Screaming), producer, and Aaron Au (Preggoland), producer, will be part of the Canadian delegation attending the Festival and will present their respective films and represent Canada.

It should be noted that Canada has been present at the Beijing Festival for the last four years, and that last year the Festival selected eight Canadian films. In 2014, Richie Mehta’s Siddarth screened in official competition and went on to win the Tiantan Award for best feature film.

The Beijing International Film Festival falls under the responsibility of State administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) of the People’s Republic of China and the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality. It is organized by the Film Bureau of the SAPPRFT and the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Copyright.

Panorama Section (out of competition)

Ally Was Screaming
Asian premiere
Director: Jeremy Thomas
Production: Perfect Pictures

Elephant Song
Director: Charles Binamé
Production: Melenny Productions

La petite reine Downfall of a Champion 
Director: Alexis Durand Brault
Production: Forum Films

Director: Xavier Dolan
Production: Metafilms, Sons of Manual

Asian premiere
Director: Jacob Tierney
Production: Optic Nerve Films, Titlecard Pictures

Relative Happiness
Asian premiere
Director: Deanne Foley
Production: Wreckhouse Productions, Lady Hammond Entertainment

The Captive
Director: Atom Egoyan
Production: Ego Film Arts, The Film Farm

Panorama and Forward Future sections (out of competition)

Wet Bum (Surfacing)
Asian premiere
Director: Lindsay Mackay
Production: Clique Pictures, Devonshire Productions, Buck Productions