It is a very competitive year for Bridging the Dragon Sino-European Project Lab with more than 120 projects submitted, covering a diverse range from action thriller to family drama and from heroic animation to innovative arthouse. The projects made us cry, made us laugh, made us think, and made us heartbroken - from these beautiful projects we can just select a few.
"Stop talking, can't hold my tears."
Therefore, after the back and forth debate within the selection committee, with a comprehensive consideration of the story quality, co-production possibility, and project maturity, A HUGE CONGRATULATION TO THE SELECTED PROJECTS!
Writer: JIN Huiyan
Producer: JIN Huiyan, CHENG Yuhai
Production Company: Beijing Ting Hai Shi Bei Film Culture Ltd.
A Chinese screenwriter-to-be who just quit her job to chase her dream and a middle-aged French forgotten actor meet at the train station. Both facing the crossroad of their own lives, the girl starts “writing” her first story and, by chance, the man gets his first leading role. When their destinies intertwine, it will be the“end of the land”，and also the beginning of a new journey.
Ashes of Sins
Director/Screenwriter: Sylvie Luo
Producer: WANG Donghui、Sylvie Luo
Production Company: Tianjin Encore Films
On the peak of her career, fashion designer Yu Wei is notified by the Italian police to assist an investigative murder case. The victim is the person who led Yu to the fashion industry and who was now killed by his daughter Geonna. Digging further into the case, Yu’s own past gets more and more revealed.
Producer/Screenwriter: QIAN Feng
Co-Producer: Sammi Lu
Production Company: Ori Animation
Born in a traditional ice-hockey family 12-year-old Robbie is addicted to online hockey games. In order to help his friend Joyce realizing his dream of becoming an ice-hockey player too, Robbie finally gets out of the virtual world and joins the real ice-hockey competition.
Director/Writer: LIEN Chien-Hung
Producer: Uilin Wang, Manyin Reinert
制片公司： 赤兔影像制作有限公司（台湾）、ENLA MEDIA LIMITED（英国）
Production Company: Redbit Pictures CO., LTD (Taiwan), ENLA MEDIA LIMITED (UK)
45-year-old chicken farmer Hui Chun meets the foreigner Martin on a dating app and a long-distance romance starts. However, everyone else thinks Martin is just a fraud. One day, Martin disappears without saying anything. To prove Martin's existence, Hui Chun decides to leave for London to find the real Martin herself.
The French ConSessions
Screenwriter: WANG Huiyu
Producer: LIU Jiami
Production Company: Wonderland Culture Beijing Ltd.
A group of mismatched expats with different backgrounds is recruited for an international fraud. Their goal is to con four rich men, who are interested in international investment. Led by Columbia Law graduate Gong Yixin and his alumni Bruce, the team puts together a master plan all taking place in one small district – the former French Concession in Shanghai. Everything seems to go well until they are, unexpectedly, sabotaged by one of their own. But in the end, the outcome is even bigger than they could imagine…
Director/Screenwriter: HONG Liang
Production Company: Shanghai Wuta Films Ltd.
Using one-shot technique, the film follows parallel realities in which a man traveling back in time tries to change the destiny of his wife who was killed by a murderer but, at some point, starts to realize that the actual murderer might have been himself …
Steam World - The Dawn of Azure
Director/Screenwriter: XIANG Yuntong
Producer: XU Xian
Production Company: Shanghai Te Shen Culture ＆ Communication Co. Ltd
In the steamy underground of the Rat kingdom, a mining accident changes the destiny of Arno, a human girl adopted by a rat. In order to find out the secret of her stepfather who passed away, Arno, together with a human boy and the spirit of a sacred rock, leave for an escape journey that will be full of amazing and unforgettable events.
A Long Long Pause
Director/Screenwriter: FAN Jiangliu
Producer: ZHAO Jia, YANG Fan
Production Company: Muyi Films (Holland), Farthing Films Co.Ltd
26-year-old pianist K, because of a rare disease, never hit his puberty. Tortured by the conflict between his identity and his gender-neutral appearance, he finds himself constantly feeling frustrated. However, when he finally blooms, it is not the happy-ending he expected.
A Touch of Warm
龙跃 X FIRST 特别项目
BTD X FIRST Special Project
Director/Screenwriter: KANG Bo
Producer: WANG Siyu
Production Company: Hehe Films
Reindeer, whose real name is Zhu Shaoyu, is a women’s human trafficker. Unexpectedly, one day his own son Zhu Kai is abducted from their hometown. In order to find and rescue him, Reindeer gets involved into the gang which kidnapped him. Meanwhile, Haoz, the guardian of the abducted children, slips away with Zhu Kai, thinking of selling him on his own in order to pay his gambling debts. He leaves behind his girlfriend Li Qi who’s nine months pregnant. The gang decides to trick Li Qi to sell her own baby and appoint Reindeer to take Li Qi to the city to give birth and trade the newborn. But all Reindeer is thinking about is how to find Rat and save her own son…
Let Me Rest In Peace
龙跃 X 山一 特别项目
BTD X OIWFF Special Project
Director/Screenwriter: Yoko Yamanaka
Let Me Rest in Peace tells the story that, on the way home, 32-year-old Tokyo publication editor Aiko saw two girls huddling together blubbering in the nightfall. Aiko recalls her childhood partner who she probably would never see again from the scene. They had been friends since age six, and for a really long time, Aiko has no friend other than that kid. When Aiko was to enter middle school, her family moved to Tokyo, and the two pals departed to their own life path. Like this, 32-year-old already Aiko who had long forgotten the childhood memory, decides to see this friend.
Writer/编剧: Catherine Shepherd
Director/导演: Oily Parker
Producer/制片人: David Barron
Production Company/制片公司: Clipper Media Capital
Sparks fly when trendy Zhang and posh Jenny meet on dating app in Shanghai - except Jenny is just a regular scouser and Zhang hasn't changed his wardrobe in a decade. When she moves back to Liverpool following a row, it's up to Zhang to find the real Jenny in the City of Pop.
From Paris with Love
Writer/编剧: Jingyang Sun, Alyosha Saari
Producer/制片人: Jingyang Sun, Alyosha Saari, Julien Madon
Production Company/制片公司: Miscellaneous/A Single Man Production
Due to Chinese tourists repeatedly being robbed in Paris, a French cop is forced to work with a Chinese companion. They need to find the girl of a rich Chinese man kidnapped during their visit to the French capital. The pursuit takes them to the most unexpected landmarks in China.
Director/Writer 导演/编剧: Ailbhe Keogan
Producer/制片人: John Wallace
Production Company/制片公司: Black Sheep Productions
A fearful carer is charged with bringing three wilful table tennis players safely to and from the over 80's world championships in China. However, they refuse to play by her rules, insisting to live and die on their own terms instead.
Kung Fu Lion
Writer/Director 编剧/导演: Froukje Tan
Producer/制片人: Sabine Veenendaal
Production Company/制片公司: Submarine Film
A Chinese Lion is made out of two Kung Fu dancers: One moves the head, while the other shakes the tail. They have to sense each other faultlessly. But what happens if the back wants to take the lead?
The Fake Adventurer
- And the Chinese Medallion
Writer/编剧: Pierre Puget
Producer/制片人: Marcus Roth
Production Company/制片公司: tv60filmproduktion GmbH
A famous impostor of an adventurer is challenged by rivalry. What if he has to go on a real adventure in exotic China to prove himself to his biggest fan - although he has never left his desk before?
Writer/Director 编剧/导演: Nancy Schoesetters, Jan Roos
Producer/制片人: Nancy Schoesetters, Jan Roos
Production Company/制片公司: TM Media Productions
Fate brings people together, no matter how far apart they may be. Young Zhang Fang, the victim of the Brussels terrorist attack in 2016 who was saved by a Belgian doctor, learns this lesson once again when recalling her family’s story of the past hundred years.
Writer/编剧: John Hörnschemeyer
Producer/制片人: John Hörnschemeyer, Josef Brandmaier
Production Company/制片公司: Have Not Films Europe
When a middle-aged German woman inherits an enigmatic text that is written in the rare Chinese script of Nüshu, her curiosity and unanswered questions concerning her family’s activities in pre-war China, lead her to the Chinese Provinces of Jiangxi and Hunan, and a mystery that has its roots in the dramatic social and political upheaval of late-Summer 1934.
The Father's Bomb
Director/Writer 导演/编剧: Baishen YAN
Producer/制片人: Chunning Guo
Production Company/制片公司: Memory Jungle Studio B.V.
This animation film based on a graphic novel of the same title will demonstrate a “truth”: the seemingly accidental bomb might have resulted from multiple reasons such as twists of science and the complexity of humanity.
The Little Grey That Matters
Director/Writer 导演/编剧: Lina Reinsbakken
Producer/制片人: Lina Reinsbakken
Production Company/制片公司: NornStudio
An episodic VR allegory on neuroscience about a journey dividing will from fear.
For selected projects, other than being invited to the two modules of the lab with three days each (room and board provided by Bridging the Dragon, chance to participate European accredited film festival and advised by high-profile tutors one-on-one), we will additionally:
a. Assist and advise on application to European film related foundations for lab projects.
b. Recommend matched European production companies, producers and other European partners, if the lab project is about Sino-European co-production.
c. Assist with finding European distributor and advise on distribution channel, if the project willing to enter the European market.
d. Help to translate project synopsis and treatment (full script not included).