The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the British Council introduced promising British film talent to leading figures in the Chinese film industry on Sunday (18 June) at an afternoon tea reception at The Peninsula Shanghai. The event, held during the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF), featured four British filmmakers who were identified through BAFTA’s talent discovery programme, and who have now been matched with an industry mentor from China who will advise them during their visit.
The four Britons are:
- Actress Katie Leung, who first came to prominence in the Harry Potter series of films, and was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brits in 2014. Katie Leung will be mentored in China by actress Celina Jade (Arrow, Legendary Assassin)
- BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated producer Brian J Falconer, who received both recognitions in 2015 for his short film Boogaloo and Graham. Brian J Falconer will be mentored in China by Jennifer Dong, CEO and founding partner of Meridian Entertainment (Mojin – The Lost Legend, Feng Shui).
- BAFTA-winning screenwriter Jennifer Majka, whose short film The Bigger Picture was also Oscar-nominated in 2015. Jennifer Majka will be mentored in China by screenwriter and novelist Xu Zhanxiong (Kung Fu Yoga, 1983).
- Producer Lauren Dark, who was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit in 2015 for her work of films such as War Book, written by BAFTA-winning writer Jack Thorne and BAFTA-nominated director Tom Harper. Lauren Dark will be mentored in China by producer Philip Lee (Assassin’s Creed and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).
View the photo gallery below for snaps from their visit to China.