This year, Uzbekistan for the first time takes part in the second International Film Festival in the city of Sanya, which is held from December 1 to 8.
Hainan Island International Film Festival (HIIFF) is one of the four largest international film festivals in China along with traditional festivals in Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei. It was also officially declared “one of the main film festivals in China.” The highest award is the Golden Coconut, which will be awarded for the first time.
One of the important tasks of the film festival is to strengthen international exchange and cooperation in the field of cinema and culture. His program includes a number of events. These are conferences, forums, master classes from eminent representatives of the film industry, meetings and negotiations.
This year, 1495 applications from 80 countries and regions of the world were submitted to the film festival competition. For the first time at this major film festival, the national pavilion, which was organized by the Uzbekistan National Film Commission, is presented.
For Uzbekistan, this film festival is important in that a huge number of filmmakers from around the world gather here, and it is possible to demonstrate to them the country’s potential for the production of film products. In particular, representatives of Uzbekistan National Film Commission talk about the uniqueness of film locations, introduce the “rebate” system, which will begin to operate on January 1, 2020.
“We are talking about the development of national film tourism, which is now under great emphasis and special attention is paid by the state, in the person of the State Committee for Tourism Development. At the same time, we are working to find potential partners for the implementation of projects in our country here. We hope that we will leave with good results,” said Alisher Khasanov, head of the department of the Uzbekistan National Film Commission for the development of film tourism.
The Uzbekistan National Film Commission held a number of meetings at the film festival. In particular, representatives of Reel Brit Production expressed their willingness to come to Uzbekistan this spring to discuss a plan for future filming.
The Film and Television Professional Association of North American is ready to organize info tours for producers in Uzbekistan in order to familiarize themselves with the film locations of the country.
Also during the film festival, negotiations were held with the Turkish Film Commission, which expressed its willingness to cooperate with the Uzbekistan National Film Commission. Turkish producers are interested in filming in Uzbekistan, as the country has unique architectural attractions. Another important factor is the similarity of cultures.
In turn, the Chinese company Arri China offered the possibility of renting professional latest-generation movie cameras – ARRI ALEXA MINI LF and ARRI ALEXA MINI 65 and their delivery to Uzbekistan.
Recall that the national pavilion at the second International Film Festival in Hainan was organized as part of the implementation of the decree of the President of Uzbekistan “On measures to further develop the tourism sphere in the Republic of Uzbekistan” with the support of the State Committee for Tourism Development and the Youth Union of Uzbekistan.