China’s movie box office receipts just passed the $3 billion mark for this year. It ranked as the world’s second largest film market after the U.S., but Chinese movies rarely achieve commercial success in English-speaking countries. Lack of exposure is certainly part of the problem, so a film festival in Washington, D.C. is looking to change that.
Last week, a vast range of films were showcased in Washington at the D.C. Chinese Film Festival. The aim of the festival is to connect cultures through cinema. It was welcomed by both the audience and filmmakers. The program director hopes the festival will eventually become the biggest celebration of Chinese cinema in the world.
Taking place every two years, this is only the second D.C. Chinese Film Festival in Washington. With 329 entries from nearly 30 countries, organizers are hoping that it will soon become an annual event celebrating Chinese culture in the U.S.
CCTV America’s Kate Fisher reports.