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Wednesday, October 31 2018 - 19:40
CFLD's Dachang Movie Town Wins International Recognition and Selected as Global Model of Characteristic Town
BEIJING, Oct. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

On October 30, 2018, the 13th annual session of the Global Forum on Human 
Settlements (GFHS), jointly organized by GFHS and the United Nations Economic 
and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), was held in Bangkok, 
Thailand. During the session, Dachang Movie Town, built and run by CFLD, was 
selected as the Global Model of Characteristic Towns, marking the first time 
that the CFLD sustainable operation of industrial towns concept has won the 
recognition of mainstream international organizations.

More than 500 participants gathered at the two-day event, including former 
President of the UN Security Council, Under-Secretary-General and High 
Representative Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, and former Chief of the 
Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch in the Division of Technology, 
Industry and Economics of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Arab 
Hoballah, together with other senior officials from international 
organizations, diplomatic envoys, government representatives, mayors, and 
representatives from all walks of life. The event focused on the theme of 
advancing urban innovations toward achieving SDG 11 (making cities and human 
settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable) as well as a new urban 

At the 2018 sustainable cities and human settlements awards ceremony, CFLD 
received the Global Model of Characteristic Towns award for its Dachang Movie 
Town project. Located in the northern Dachang New Industry City, which lies 
30km east of the China World Trade Center in Beijing and sits upon the banks of 
the Chaobai River, CFLD Dachang Movie Town is just 8km from Beijing's new 
administrative center. Following a development strategy that places importance 
on both "incubation and industrialization" and a focus on the development of 
"film-television plus", Dachang Movie Town is committed to promoting the 
integrated development of culture, S&T and finance as well as to building a 
complete creative film-television industry chain and a brand-new ecosystem.  

The judging panel believed CFLD should be awarded the honor due to the 
following factors. Firstly, the Dachang Movie Town project boasts a 
cutting-edge mission to build a solid ecosystem for both the film and 
television industry and the tourism industry. Having attracted a number of 
leading enterprises within the industry, this has already begun to take shape. 
Secondly, in terms of spatial planning, the project fully accounts for both 
"industry" and "urban settlements", distributing the town center and public 
space along the riverbank and building a pedestrian-friendly, multi-functional 
neighborhood. Thirdly, landscape design within the project gives prominence to 
cultural features and allows the film-television theme to intermingle with 
scenes of everyday life. Lyu Haifeng, Secretary-General of the GFHS, believes 
that the development of the film and television tourism industry of CFLD has 
far-reaching potential and has made positive contributions to sustainable urban 

According to Mr. Chen Huaizhou, Executive President of CFLD, in line with the 
core concept of "one specialty industry for each industrial town" and upholding 
the basis of an efficient PPP model, CFLD has joined hands with the government 
to create a new type of industrial town. He explained that, with a focus on the 
leading industry, they conducted in-depth studies of the regional industrial 
base and enlisted a professional team to provide tailor-made industrial 
development planning, global resource integration, investment management, 
intelligent operation, and other full industry chain services, with the view to 
ensuring "the sustainable operation of every industrial town." 

It has been reported that Dachang Movie Town has already put six world-class 
studios, three internationally leading 4K showrooms and three landscape 
workshops into use. The town has signed with more than 100 domestic and foreign 
enterprises within the creative film-television industry, giving a contracted 
investment of RMB 16.5 billion. Two of the contracted companies that have 
settled in the town include Jin FX and Base FX. Jin FX produced the vivid 
virtual wolf in the movie "The Wolf Totem", while Base FX produced the 
wonderful post-production visual effects in "Captain America 3" among other 

GFHS is a non-governmental and non-profit international organization 
established in New York in 2008. Chaired by Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, 
former President of the United Nations Security Council, UN 
Under-Secretary-General and High Representative, GFHS is "committed to 
sustainable cities and human settlements." Up to 2017, the annual session of 
the Global Forum on Human Settlements has been successfully held for 12 
consecutive years around the world. The winners of Sustainable Cities and Human 
Settlements Awards 2018 also included Spain's Bilbao City (Global Green City) 
and Barueri Brazil's Smart City (Global Urban Innovation).