The BAFTA mask, a donation to the museum’s collection, is a replica of the first BAFTA awarded to Chinese film director Zhang Yimou
Shanghai, 3 March 2015: HRH The Duke of Cambridge, President of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), this evening presented a BAFTA award to the Shanghai Film Museum as a donation to the museum’s collection. The donation is in recognition of China’s rich film culture and is a symbol of BAFTA’s intentions to forge stronger links with the creative talent in the country.
The award, the iconic BAFTA mask, is a replica of the first BAFTA awarded to Chinese film director Zhang Yimou, for Raise The Red Lantern in the ‘Film Not in the English Language’ category in 1993. The presentation took place at the museum before the Chinese premiere of the BAFTA-nominated British film Paddington.
BAFTA is visiting mainland China for the first time, as part of a delegation of British organisations attending the GREAT Festival of Creativity in Shanghai.
Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, said: “We are delighted that our President, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, is presenting an iconic BAFTA mask to the Shanghai Film Museum. The mask is a replica of a BAFTA won by one of China’s most respected filmmakers, the legendary Zhang Yimou.
“BAFTA has a history of recognising Chinese creative talent through our Film Awards, with nominations in categories ranging from ‘Film Not in the English Language’ to ‘Make-Up and Hair’ and from ‘Actress in a Leading Role’ to ‘Cinematography’. We look forward to establishing even greater ties with the industry through our future activity in China.”
Film director Zhang Yimou said: “I'm thrilled that BAFTA has chosen to donate a replica of the award I won for Raise the Red Lantern to the Shanghai Film Museum. This will allow many people to see the BAFTA award that means so much to me.”
For full details of BAFTA‘s activity in Asia, visit www.bafta.org/asia
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DSC_2126.jpg: HRH The Duke of Cambridge, President of BAFTA (centre), presents the replica BAFTA to Mr Ren Zhonglun, President of Shanghai Film Group & Shanghai Film Museum Curator (second left). With Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA (left), BAFTA-winning film director Zhang Yimou (second right) and Zhang Yimou’s wife, Chen Ting (right).
DSC_2103.jpg: HRH The Duke of Cambridge, President of BAFTA (centre), meets BAFTA-winning film director Zhang Yimou (second right) and his wife, Chen Ting (right), as he presents a replica of the director’s first BAFTA award to Mr Ren Zhonglun, President of Shanghai Film Group & Shanghai Film Museum Curator (centre). With Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA (centre).
DSC_2050.jpg: HRH The Duke of Cambridge, President of BAFTA, with Anne Morrison, Chair of BAFTA (left), Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA (right), and Tian Macleod Ji, British BAFTA Scholarship recipient studying at City University of Hong Kong.
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Notes to Editors
Director Zhang Yimou has twice been awarded a BAFTA for Film Not in the English Language: First with Raise The Red Lantern in 1993 and again with To Live in 1995. He also received a nomination in the same category for House of Flying Daggers in 2005.
For further information about BAFTA’s activities in Shanghai, please contact FleishmanHillard:
Vivian Jin | [email protected]
Tel: +86 64070066-803
Lydia Hu | [email protected]
Tel: +86 64070066-893
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