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Television festival offering an exciting new range to viewers

THE 23rd Shanghai TV Festival, which starts today and runs until Friday, will exhibit an exciting new range of TV films, series, documentaries and animated features on local channels.

It will also bring together industry professionals from all over the world to talk about new trends and seek possibilities for future cooperation. Over the last few years, the festival has helped propel the development of China’s TV industry.

The international TV showcase, the Magnolia Awards for international television productions, the Magnolia TV Forum, international TV market and China Formats event will also be held during the festival.

Starting on last week, local channels such as Drama Channel, Documentary Channel, Art Channel and Toonmax TV are hosting to a variety of programs, films, cartoons and documentaries.

Overseas TV productions include the American legal and political drama “The Good Fight,” Canadian mini-series “The Kennedys: After Camelot,” BBC crime drama series “Sherlock Season 4,” Japanese heartwarming TV film “The Memories of Happiness” and German comedy TV film “1000 Mexicans.”

“The Good Fight,” a new spinoff of the popular series “The Good Wife,” tells a story of Diane Lockhart as she starts from scratch at a new firm after her life savings are lost.

“The Kennedys: After Camelot” depicts the life of former First Lady of the United States, Jacqueline Kennedy, after the assassination of her husband, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Japanese TV film “The Memories of Happiness” is a touching drama of a divorced family.

German film “1000 Mexicans” revolves around a pair of good friends who dream of running a film company.

A total of 17 new documentaries from the US, UK, Panama, Israel, the Netherlands and China are also lined up.

Chinese documentary “Lao Ding Xiao Ding” focuses on a father-and-son farmer pair. Another Chinese documentary series “Rediscovering the Arctic,” which took three years in the making, is about the environmental protection and sustainability of the Arctic, while the Panamanian documentary “The Joy of Sound” follows the musical dreams of several ordinary people.

A variety of awards

Animation fans are treated to 14 new original series from France, Germany, Canada, Russia, America and China. “Loli Rock,” a French animated series revolves around a girl who embarks on an adventure to fight evil with magic after she joins a mysterious rock band. German series “Wissper” is a story about a little girl who has a talent of talking to the animals.

More than 50 TV productions are nominated in the categories of TV series, documentary, animation and variety shows of this year’s Magnolia Awards.

Among them are the Chinese mainland TV drama “Ode to Joy,” based on a popular novel about urban love, American TV series “Outlander,” BBC documentary “Planet Earth II” and the Japanese animated series “The Dragon Dentist.”

American documentary producer Simon Kilmurry will chair the jury panel of the documentary category.

Kilmurry is the executive director of the International Documentary Association. Last year, he joined the board of jurors of the George Foster Peabody Awards. He has worked with a wide range of emerging and established filmmakers and served on juries and panels at film festivals around the world.

British animation producer Joan Lofts is appointed the jury president of the animation category. She used to produce a number of children’s animated series including “Blinky Bill” and “Christopher Crocodile.” She has also run pitching clinics in Asia for the Asian Animation Summit and run workshops in writing, creating IP and pitching in many countries for emerging young talents.

Famous Chinese director Mao Weining, known for his award-winning series “The Ordinary World,” is named jury president in the TV series category.

The festival’s Magnolia TV Forum will carry forward in-depth discussions around TV dramas, variety shows, documentaries and animations, touching upon such topics as “how TV dramas showcase cultural confidence,” “the independent innovation of original variety shows,” “the development direction of documentaries” and “reflections on the animation industry.” Producers, scriptwriters and critics will share their expertise and exchange their views.

The China Formats event is also a highlight of the festival. Veterans from TV production companies worldwide will be invited to present successful cases of format franchises, discuss the trends of new variety formats and seek international cooperation.

Young domestic TV producers can also bring their original format pitches. Those with big market potential will have chance to be developed and funded.


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