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Consul General Dr. Huang Qinguo's speech at the Chinese Film Festival Opening Ceremony
2014/07/18
 
Hon. Mike Nahan MLA, Treasurer; Minister for Energy; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests,
Mr. Steven Wood,Director General of DSD,
Mr. Duncan Ord, Director General, Department of Culture
Mr. Rob Delane, Director General, Department of Agriculture and Food
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Good evening! At the outset, on behalf of Chinese Consulate General in Perth, I would like to welcome all of you to the opening ceremony of 2014 Chinese film festival! This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Chinese Consulate General in Perth. Besides this film festival, we will also hold series events to celebrate the 20th birthday of our consulate.
China has a long history of film industry which can be traced back to over a century ago. The first Chinese movie was created in 1905:A famous Beijing Opera trouper Mr. Tan Xinpei recorded a short movie footage named Ding Junshan with Beijing Fengtai photo studio. Since the founding of the People's Republic of China, Chinese film industry have been developed by leaps and bounds. Chinese filmmakers created a great number of excellent masterpieces with diversifying characteristics of different times. The box office income in 2013 shot up to $3.5 billion USD, ranking No.2 in the world.
Film festival provides an important platform to enhance bilateral people-to-people and cultural exchanges. Under the theme of Promotion of Cultural Exchange: China & Australia, we will showcase 8 famous Chinese movies: The Grandmaster  will give you a deep impression on both extensive and profound Chinese martial arts; The American Dream in China tells a story about Chinese youngsters coming back from America worked hard to establish a business; So Yong shows the spirit of retrospection of the young Chinese generation; Lost in Thailand is a relaxing and hilarious comedy. Each movie reflects one part of Chinese people's life. I'm sure you will enjoy them.
Film is an inseparable part of a country's civilization. It contains rich elements of national characteristics, i.e. ethnics, history, philosophy, tradition and art, etc. Most chosen movies in this festival are award-winning masterpieces. They not only reflect Chinese ancient history and culture, but also exhibit the colorful modern China society and Chinese people's positive and optimistic spirit. They represent high level of Chinese film industry. I believe through this film festival you'll gain better knowledge on Chinese culture.
Last but not the least, I wish the Chinese film festival a great success! Thank you!
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