044: What ARE The Chinese Studios Looking For

market intel Patrick Huang What are the Chinese studios looking for?

044: What ARE The Chinese Studios Looking For

Taiwanese producer Patrick Huang offers market intel on how to find projects, what the mainland Chinese studios are looking for, and when you shouldn’t do a co-production.

Additionally, Patrick also offers resources to find market intel, projects, producers, and advice.

THREE KEY POINTS

1. PRODUCERS – MARKET INTEL – HOW TO FIND PROJECTS

Granted there are several ways producers find projects. So if you’re a screenwriter – here are some areas you need to check out.

Project Markets:  Chiefly, Patrick mentioned he looks for projects that are key production markets. Thus these include Berlinale Co-production Market, Venice Production Bridge, and The Hong Kong Asia Financing Forum. Thus, if you’re a writer, check out various project markets and apply.

Market and Festival seminars and parties. Notably, Patrick has networked at these events. Thus, he found partners and projects. To point out, Patrick mentioned The Pingyao Film Festival and The First Film Festival.

2. WRITERS – HOW TO FIND PRODUCERS

For this reason, Patrick suggests you join the Bridging the Dragon Association.  Markedly, BTD is geared toward European and  Chinese collaboration. Significantly, the association fosters collaboration between China and producers outside of China.

Check out our previous podcasts:

Managing Director of Bridging the Dragon Cristiano Bortone.

An Easy Way to Connect with Producers

How to Find A Chinese Business Partner

3. MARKET INTEL

In particular, Patrick mentioned several ways to gauge the market. To enumerate, this is crucial to decide what script to green light.  For Chinese speakers, check out real-time box office apps such as Maoyan or Lighthouse. Another way is to watch Chinese soap operas. Generally speaking, Patrick said watching a local TV series,  helps you get a feel for what the audience wants.

FOUR TAKEAWAYS

1. YOU CAN’T REPEAT OLD FORMULAS

As we say, you can rest on your laurels.  For example,  because you made a hit documentary doesn’t mean you can repeat that same success.  Thus you need to leave your ego out of decision-making. In short, audiences and trends change.

2. MARKET INTEL: WHAT ARE THE CHINESE STUDIOS LOOKING FOR?

  • High-concept remakes. However, Patrick found good IP from Korea or Thailand is gone quickly.
  • Propaganda films. By and large, Chinese studios have an easier time getting these films made. They focus on uplifting stories about regular people making sacrifices for the group.
  • Reality or True stories. For one thing, Chinese audiences are keen on everyday stories that offer hope.  An example would be the film Dying to Survive.

3.  MARKET INTEL: CO-PRODUCTIONS OR A LOCAL FILM?

Likewise, if you have a great project, you may be better off not doing a co-production.  In the first place, focus on your domestic audience. However, If it doesn’t work domestically, it probably won’t work internationally. As an illustration, look at the film Parasite.  It portrayed economic gaps in Korean society. Thus,  it resonated well.  As a result, it became an international hit.

4. MARKET INTEL: RESOURCES

In Particular,  check out project markets. Patrick mentioned some great resources you should research.

  • Locarno Film: Uniquely they have intensive programs for filmmakers, film critics, and sales execs. Moreover, check out their “Toolbox” page.  Furthermore, users can interact with mentors.
  • Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA). Indeed, they incentivize productions with business matching, market intelligence, training for creatives. Additionally, they provide grants and funds.
  • Purin Pictures. To clarify, this is a Facebook page. It focuses on Southeast Asian films. They also offer resources you can check out.

China Hollywood Greenlight Podcast – Episode 44

Patrick Mao Huang, Managing Director, Flash Forward Entertainment

Show Notes

Host: Caryn McCann

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GUEST: Patrick Mao Huang

Managing Director, Producer at Flash Forward Entertainment

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Co-Production markets mentioned

Berlinale Co-Production Market  https://www.efm-berlinale.de/en/copro-market/profile/profile.html

Venice Production Bridge https://www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/2022/venice-production-bridge

Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum https://industry.hkiff.org.hk/

Chinese Box Office Apps

Maoyan: https://m.maoyan.com/app

Lighthouse:  https://apple.co/3uDwowz

Mainland Chinese Film festivals mentioned

Pingyao Film Festivalwww.pyiffestival.com

First Film Festivalhttps://www.firstfilm.org.cn/en/

Resources Mentioned

Bridging the Dragonhttps://www.bridgingthedragon.com/en/

Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA) https://en.taicca.tw

SE Asia film resource – Facebook group. Purin Pictures: https://www.facebook.com/purinpictures

Co-Production support / intensive workshops: Locarno Film Festival- https://www.locarnofestival.ch/LFF/home.html

Co-Production advice (Locarno Film Festival) Toolboxhttps://toolbox.locarnofestival.ch/login

Trades mentioned

Variety: https://variety.com

The Hollywood Reporter: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com

ScreenDaily: https://www.screendaily.com

China Film Insider: https://chinafilminsider.com

Writers – Join our membership website – The China List.  Upload your first script for free! No credit card is required. Get your script seen in Hollywood and China! Use this special link: https://chnlist.com/first-script-free/

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