NANJING, China, January 05, 2022– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – The “Honorary Space Station” event of the Third Blue Planet Science Fiction Film Festival, the first and only Chinese film festival dedicated to the science fiction genre, was held on December 28, 2021 in the scenic region of Niushou Mountain in Nanjing.
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The Third Blue Planet Science Fiction Film Festival’s “Honorary Space Station” successfully docks at Niushou Mountain in Nanjing, China. (Photo: Business Wire)
Since its debut in November 2019, more than 40% of the projects supported by the festival’s venture initiative have secured contracts with leading companies in China. Niushou Mountain Cultural Tourism Zone, which hosts the Blue Planet Festival, has become a base of the science fiction cluster in Nanjing, helping to attract science fiction film talent, new projects, technology and investments from around the world.
This year’s event, themed “Migration”, has four sections: From the New World, The Mission of Science and Technology, The Honor of Cinema and The Migration of Civilizations, covering various aspects of the world of science fiction, from space travel and film technology to industry and civilization.
The festival opened with the pilot film “Let There Be Light”, which looks back on the trials and tribulations that the science fiction film industry and society at large have gone through since the start of the pandemic. Out of a total of 254 works submitted from around the world, the top 12 selected at this year’s festival reflect the diverse world of sci-fi cinema, addressing themes ranging from time travel to human civilization and alien species. . The biggest prizes went to Green Food (Best Sci-Fi Film), Yitong Ling (Best Sci-Fi Director for Triffin Dilemma), Double Helix (Best Sci-Fi Performance), Orogenesis (Best Visual Imagination) and Out of Darkness (Best Sci-Fi Animation and Screenplay). Out of Darkness also won the Blue Planet STAR award, which was awarded based on the emotional reception of the audience, assessed using special biosensing technology.
This year’s program also included a special section of six science fiction films from Russia, a country with a long and rich history of science fiction, ranging from classics of the Soviet era to contemporary releases. In addition, a special planning and observation program, focusing on science fiction films and animated works released or broadcast since November 2020, was created, where experts provided analysis and ideas to put highlight the progress of the Chinese science fiction sector, obstacles to further development, and possible solutions to promote the overall growth of the industry.
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