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Murdoch to show up at Shanghai film festival

MEDIA tycoon Rupert Murdoch and his wife Wendi Deng will attend the opening ceremony and a forum of the coming 14th Shanghai International Film Festival, officials said today.

Murdoch is expected to share his ideas and experiences in film investment with Chinese filmmakers at the forum on financing the growth of the film industry.

China is the world's third largest film market in terms of box office revenue after Japan and the United States. Last year China's cinema earnings grew 63.9 percent to a total of 10.1 billion yuan (US$1.5 billion).

The film festival will run from June 11 to 19. Its "Star Hunter" program has also been launched. Mainland citizens who have a talent for film acting can register at before May 27.

Finalists will be selected by online voters and a professional jury and have a chance to attend world-famous film festivals and sign a contract with a well-known artist agency.


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