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At the invitation of Rai Cinema, Professor Hou Guangming, Party Secretary of Beijing Film Academy, Associate Professor Li Ran, Director of Foreign Affairs Office and Dean of International School, went to Italy to attend the 74th Venice International Film Festival.

On September 8th, Mr. Hou and Mr. Li conducted fruitful talks with Marcello Foti, president of Fondazione Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, and Felice Laudadio, chairman of the board of directors. Marcelo said that Fondazione Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia was the oldest film academy in Europe, a public college funded by the state, headquartered in Rome; it had campuses in Lombardy, Piedmont and Sicily. The school's documentary discipline and film repair technology maintained a leading position in the world, and he hoped to carry out professional exchanges with the Department of Directing and Department of Film and TV Technology of Beijing Film Academy. Beijing Film Academy and Fondazione Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia were both CILECT members and well-known international film institutions, and both sides wished to carry out a comprehensive cooperation in the common aspiration. The academy had performed many years of cooperation with Fondazione Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, through this meeting, the two sides agreed to further expand their cooperation on the basis of good cooperation in the past. The two sides agreed that a comprehensive cooperation program would be formulated as soon as possible to promote mutually beneficial cooperation between the two schools.


(Professor Hou Guangming and his party and president of Fondazione Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia took a photo at Venice Film Palace)

In the afternoon, Professor Hou Guangming accepted the interview of the national television station in Italy, and talked about issues such as the cultivation of new generation film talents of Beijing Film Academy, prospects of cooperation with Fondazione Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in the future, as well as cooperation between Beijing International Film Festival "Temple of Heaven Award" and the Venice International Film Festival. Hou said: Beijing Film Academy attaches great importance to the combination by film education of traditional artistic cultivation and new medium quality education in the new media and new technology context, we have interdisciplinary, experimental cooperation; Beijing Film Academy attaches great importance to the internationalization of talent cultivation. Beijing Film Academy and Fondazione Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia have initially reached an agreement on exchanges of students and teaching; Beijing Film Academy has hosted the evaluation of the "Temple of Heaven Award", the main competition unit of Beijing International Film Festival. Venice International Film Festival Is the world's oldest film festival with high influence, the two film festivals can recommend excellent movies, enrich the field of vision, enhance the quality of film festivals, and promote the exchange between Eastern and Western cultures.


(Professor Hou accepted an interview from Italian national television)

On the morning of September 9th, Carlo Antonio Gentile, head of Asian affairs of the National Film and Television Company of Italy, accompanied Mr. Hou and his entourage to visit the various working departments of the Venice International Film Festival where Mr. Hou talked with some staff members so as to learn more about the operating mechanism and working procedures of Venice International Film Festival. Ms. Elena Elna, the film selector of Venice International Film Festival, spoke fluent Chinese and was responsible for the selection of Asian films. During the conversation, Hou was glad to learn that Elena was a student of the International School of Beijing Film Academy and she picked up Chinese when studying in the academy. Ms. Elna introduced the film selection criteria of Venice International Film Festival, and agreed that more cooperation would be carried out between Venice International Film Festival and Beijing International Film Festival in mutual recommendation of films and in other aspects.


(Professor Hou Guangming and his alumni, Elna, film selector of Venice International Film Festival)


(Venice International Film Festival Media Center)

In the afternoon, Professor Hou Guangming held talks with Paolo Del Brocco, CEO of Rai Cinema and Carlo Antonio Trinity, director of Asian affairs. Rai Cinema is Italy's only state-owned film company, established ten years ago, it has played a very important role in Italian film and television, and also it is an important participant in Venice International Film Festival. Mr. Paul expressed his positive attitude in helping to promote the cooperation between Beijing Film Academy and Fondazione Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, and he also discussed with Hou on the way in which his company explored new film talents from Beijing Film Academy and cooperated with Youth Film Studio.


(Mr. Hou Guangming and his party and Paul, CEO of Rai Cinema)

On the evening of September 9, at the invitation of Rai Cinema, Mr. Hou Guangming attended the awarding ceremony and closing ceremony of the 74th Venice International Film Festival, where, together with film practitioners from around the world, he witnessed the generation of awards of the current Venice International Film Festival, and experienced the love of the audience for the film art and respect for the outstanding film people. In addition to the traditional few units, Venice International Film Festival had for the first time set up a VR movie competition unit, which embodied the attention of Venice International Film Festival paid to new technologies.


(Mr. Hou Guangming and his party at the 74th Venice International Film Festival awarding ceremony and closing ceremony)

On September 10, Mr. Hou Guangming flew back home, although that trip was not long, the harvest was very rich. The academy initially reached a comprehensive cooperation intention with Fondazione Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia and Rai Cinema, the field visit to Venice International Film Festival helped us more intuitively and profoundly understand the mode of operation and field organization of renowned A-class international film festivals, which would promote the evaluation work of the "Temple of Heaven Award" of Beijing International Film Festival.