Academy Award-Winning Director Alfonso Cuarón to Join Speaking Faculty at China-US Motion Picture Summit on March 25 in Grand Epoch City

Groundbreaking summit to host prestigious speaking faculty including leaders and executives of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Director Guild of America, Producers Guild of America, USC School of Cinematic Arts, IMAX, China Film Association, Beijing Film Academy, and Film Carnival

Mar 10, 2016, 15:03 ET from Citic Guoan Co. Ltd., Dick Cook Studios

LOS ANGELES, March 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Citic Guoan Co. Ltd., Dick Cook Studios, and Film Carnival Production Co. with the support of China Media Culture Promotion Association (CMCPA), China Film Association and the Beijing Film Academy, are proud to announce that Academy Award-winning director Alfonso Cuarón will be joining the esteemed line-up of speakers at the inaugural 2016 China-US Motion Picture Summit on March 25 in Grand Epoch City, China. Winston Baker is the event producer.

Cuarón is one of the most sought-after directors in Hollywood and around the world today. His masterpiece "Gravity" was received with great success by both critics and audiences, winning seven Academy Awards and breaking box office records in US and China. Cuarón won the Academy Award, Golden Globe, Directors Guild and BAFTA awards for best director on behalf of the film as well as Academy Award for best editor.

The film was highly acclaimed in China for its great story, the integration of the country's popular space program and for the film's visual effects. Compared to European and American audiences, the excitement for 3D and IMAX has not declined. Chinese audiences continue to go to the cinema to watch and experience films with strong VFX.

IMAX Corporation Executive Vice President Andrew Cripps will also be joining the notable lineup to address the great implications of technology on the future of the motion picture industry. IMAX took a historic step in China last year when its subsidiary went public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Additional speakers joining the summit include Zhang Xun, Chairman of the Board at Max Screen Distribution; Ann An, a renowned film producer and distribution expert in China; and Richard Fox, Executive Vice President of International at Warner Bros. Entertainment.

"We are honored to have such a visionary group of filmmakers, executives and futurists come together at our inaugural Summit. With the help of Dick Cook Studios, our goal was to develop an event that could foster the on-going conversations and collaborations between the Chinese and American entertainment industries. With a speaking faculty comprised of Alfonso Cuarón, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Gary Lucchesi, Elizabeth Daley, Zhang Xun, Andrew Cripps, Bill Borden, and so many other remarkable names – this unprecedented event will serve as a platform for future collaboration and an inspiration for the next generation of storytellers," stated Lou Xiaolou, Chairman of Film Carnival Co. Ltd. "We also look forward to more in-depth communication with Hollywood filmmakers in order for Chinese films to truly go global."

In addition to keynotes and panel discussions, a state-of-the-art Technology Experience will be displayed and demonstrations will be offered of the most advanced technology designed to enhance the motion picture experience for both creators and audiences. This event is nearly sold out. To learn about participation, please visit

About the 2016 China-US Motion Picture Summit
The first event of its kind, the China-US Motion Picture Summit will become a staple event in the international film business as it explores the burgeoning alliance between the Chinese and American film industries. The Summit was developed by Citic Guoan Co., Ltd., one of CITIC Group's largest international subsidiaries, and Dick Cook Studios, a multi-media entertainment studio founded by Dick Cook, the former chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. Film Carnival Production Co. Ltd., the biggest private enterprise in Zhejiang Province involved in film production, distribution, and screening, serves as a presenting partner as well. The event will be co-hosted by the Beijing Film Academy, China Media Culture Promotion Association (CMCPA), and China Film Association. The Summit is produced by Winston Baker, a leading global producer of entertainment and finance conferences. Summit website:

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