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Speech of Dr. Liu Yutong on CinefestOz Film Festival
2014/08/26

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good day. It is my great pleasure to attend the opening ceremony of China Film Forum at this year's CinefestOz Film Festival. On behalf of the Chinese Consulate General in Perth, I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to ScreenWest on organizing such a dynamic event and thank you for welcoming me today.

This morning, I drove 250 kilometers from Perth to this gorgeous place, having enjoyed the beautiful scenery all along the way, it was such a pleasant drive. The Southwest of Western Australia has abundant agricultural resources, especially in wine brewing industry and it is embraced with unparalleled and admirable tourism resources. In recent years, with the fast development of China-Australian economic cooperation and cultural exchanges, the bilateral cooperation in film industry is growing rapidly with great results, today's China Film Forum is just one of such results.

In November 2013, with support of Shanghai and Western Australia government, Shanghai hippo animation and other two China animation companies joined hands with Vue Group and Zac Creative, two WA animation company, to invest more than $75 million to produce six animation films full of Chinese cultural elements. This is the biggest cooperation between China and Australia animation film industries ever, a milestone that signals a larger scale of future film cooperations between the two highly complimentary partners.

I believe that with deepening cultural exchanges between China and WA, the film industry will become a new highlight of bilateral cooperation. The Chinese movies which reflect the beauty of Chinese culture over thousand years' history will amaze more Australians, and more Chinese audiences will be able to see the beautiful Western Australia on big screens. The Chinese Consulate-General in Perth will always support cultural exchanges and cooperations between China and WA. We will be committed to working together with everyone like you who is dedicated to promoting our friedship, to push forward these cooperations to a new level. Thank you!

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