The 14th Beijing International Film Festival kicks off

A photo taken on April 18, 2024 shows members of the media lining the red carpet at the opening ceremony of the 14th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) in Beijing. /CFP

A photo taken on April 18, 2024 shows members of the media lining the red carpet at the opening ceremony of the 14th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) in Beijing. /CFP

A photo taken on April 18, 2024 shows the cast of the film “Hovering Blade” making their appearance on the red carpet at the opening ceremony of the 14th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) in Beijing. /CFP

A photo taken on April 18, 2024 shows the cast of the film “Hovering Blade” making their appearance on the red carpet at the opening ceremony of the 14th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) in Beijing. /CFP

A photo taken on April 18, 2024 shows the leading actor and actress of the film “Gold or Shit” making their appearances on the red carpet at the opening ceremony of the 14th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) in Beijing. /CFP

A photo taken on April 18, 2024 shows the leading actor and actress of the film “Gold or Shit” making their appearances on the red carpet at the opening ceremony of the 14th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) in Beijing. /CFP

A photo taken on April 18, 2024 shows the cast of the film “Three Old Boys” making their appearance on the red carpet at the opening ceremony of the 14th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) in Beijing. /CFP

A photo taken on April 18, 2024 shows the cast of the film “Three Old Boys” making their appearance on the red carpet at the opening ceremony of the 14th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) in Beijing. /CFP

A photo taken on April 18, 2024 shows several cast members of the film “Creation of The Gods” making their appearance on the red carpet at the opening ceremony of the 14th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) in Beijing. /CFP

A photo taken on April 18, 2024 shows several cast members of the film “Creation of The Gods” making their appearance on the red carpet at the opening ceremony of the 14th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) in Beijing. /CFP

The highly anticipated 14th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) kicked off in Beijing on Thursday evening, with Chinese and foreign filmmakers taking to the red carpet for the opening ceremony.

Shen Haixiong, president of China Media Group (CMG), delivered a speech at the opening ceremony and shared his outlook on the Chinese film industry.

A photo shows Shen Haixiong, president of China Media Group (CMG) delivering a speech at the opening ceremony of 14th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) in Beijing. /BJIFF

A photo shows Shen Haixiong, president of China Media Group (CMG) delivering a speech at the opening ceremony of 14th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) in Beijing. /BJIFF

This year, the Tiantan Award received an impressive 1,509 entries from 118 countries and regions, setting a new record for participation. The submissions covered a wide range of genres and themes, demonstrating the global diversity of cinema.

Of the final 15 selected films, 12 hail from foreign countries while three represent domestic productions. The international jury of the Tiantan Award will deliberate and decide the winners in categories such as Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Artistic Contribution, and others. The winners will be announced at the closing ceremony and awards presentation on April 26.

This year, renowned Serbian director Emir Kusturica assumes the role of Jury President, lending his expertise and vision to the festival’s proceedings.

A photo shows the Jury panel making their appearance at the opening ceremony of 14th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) in Beijing. /BJIFF

A photo shows the Jury panel making their appearance at the opening ceremony of 14th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) in Beijing. /BJIFF

To mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and France this year, a French film week will be held in Beijing from April 18 to 26. Multiple cinemas across Beijing will screen 30 different French films, including “A Real Job,” which is nominated for this year’s Tiantan Award, showcasing rich themes and diverse styles.

The 14th BJIFF will also introduce the inaugural “Film Season for Diplomats,” using film as a medium to promote international dialogue and cultural exchange. In addition, the festival will debut the “International Guest Lounge,” providing a platform for networking and collaboration between international guests and domestic film industry stakeholders.

A variety of engaging activities are planned, including discussions on topics such as the global distribution of Chinese films and the evolving role of domestic cinema productions at international festivals. With guests from North America, Europe, South America and Japan, the event promises to spark insightful conversations and pave the way for Chinese cinema’s global rise in today’s dynamic and burgeoning industry landscape.