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Contributor: Xinhua News Agency
Wednesday, December 04 2019 - 21:36
Hainan Island International Film Festival 2019 Opens, Promoting High-quality Development of the Cultural Industry
HAIKOU, China, Dec. 4, 2019 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

On December 1, under the guidance of State Film Administration and co-sponsored 
by China Media Group and the People's Government of Hainan Province, Hainan 
Island International Film Festival 2019 (HIIFF) was unveiled in Sanya. Members 
of the Jury of Golden Coconut Awards, cast of shortlisted films and screening 
films and some other practitioners of the film industry at home and abroad 
together witnessed the pageantry.

Shen Xiaoming, Deputy Secretary of CPC Hainan Provincial Committee and Governor 
indicated in his speech that Hainan is now speeding up the construction of the 
pilot free trade zone and free trade port with Chinese characteristics. With 
such favorable conditions, HIIFF is building a new platform for cultural 
exchange between Hainan and the international community. HIIFF 2019, adhering 
to the strategic positioning and development goal of "full-year panorama, 
entire-island screening, all-people viewing and whole industrial chain", has 
been dedicated to presenting an international, academic and never-ending film 
festival for all.

Established in 2018, HIIFF is the youngest among peers in China. The HIIFF 2019 
has added the new "Golden Coconut Awards" Competition. At present, a total of 
1,495 films from 80 countries and regions are geared up for the competition of 
"Golden Coconut Awards". Isabelle Huppert, a renowned French actress, is the 
President of the International Jury of "Golden Coconut Awards".

On HIIFF 2019, 8 sections, namely "Thule and Cape", "Now China & Echo of the 
World", "Panorama of China", "Film Celebrities", "Classic Comeback", "Earthly 
Scenes", "Winter Sunshine" and "Blazing a Trail", have been designed, in which 
over 200 films from 61 countries and regions will be on screen. On December 8, 
ten awards including the Best Film and Best Director will be unveiled on the 
Closing Ceremony of Hainan Island International Film Festival 2019 & Award 
Ceremony of "Golden Coconut Awards".

In addition, HIIFF 2019 will make the best of the beaches of Hainan Island to 
provide the innovative "Outdoor Beach Screening" for the public for free, 
through which people will have access to the four-season entire-island film 
tour as planned. This characteristic section has gained wide praise as it fully 
embodies the innovativeness, artistry and public interest of HIIFF 2019.

Source: The People's Government of Hainan Province

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   Caption: Members of the international jury of "Golden Coconut Awards" of 
Hainan Island International Film Festival 2019