Launch of Beijing International Film Festival, 16 contestants vying for top prize – Xinhua

Tiantan Awards jury members Li Xuejian (C), Guo Fan (1st R), Malcolm Clarke (2nd R), Qin Hailu (2nd L) and Wu Jing pose for a group photo on the red carpet of the 12th International Festival Beijing Film Festival in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 12, 2022. (Xinhua/Chen Zhonghao)

BEIJING, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) — The week-long 12th Beijing International Film Festival kicked off in the Chinese capital on Saturday, with 16 films nominated competing for this year’s Tiantan Prize.

The 16 candidates include the Chinese film “In Search of Lost Time” and works from other countries such as “Anatolian Leopard”, “Call Jane” and “Fast & Feel Love”. A total of 10 winners in different categories will be announced at the film festival‘s closing and award ceremony on August 20.

Besides the competition section for prizes, a cinematic panorama, a student film festival and several thematic forums will also be organized during the film festival, according to the organizers.

Photo taken on Aug. 12, 2022 shows the opening ceremony of the 12th Beijing International Film Festival in Beijing, capital of China. (Xinhua/Chen Zhonghao)

Photo taken on Aug. 12, 2022 shows the opening ceremony of the 12th Beijing International Film Festival in Beijing, capital of China. (Xinhua/Chen Zhonghao)

Members of the Tiantan Awards jury attend the opening ceremony of the 12th Beijing International Film Festival in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 12, 2022. (Xinhua/Chen Zhonghao)

Actors perform during the opening ceremony of the 12th Beijing International Film Festival in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 12, 2022. (Xinhua/Chen Zhonghao)

Actor Ge You on the red carpet of the 12th Beijing International Film Festival in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 12, 2022. (Xinhua/Chen Zhonghao)

Actress Qi Xi walks the red carpet of the 12th Beijing International Film Festival in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 12, 2022. (Xinhua/Chen Zhonghao)

Actor Shen Teng (C) and actress Ma Li (R) walk the red carpet of the 12th Beijing International Film Festival in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 12, 2022. (Xinhua/Chen Zhonghao)

Actors of the film “The Fallen Bridge” walk on the red carpet of the 12th Beijing International Film Festival in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 12, 2022. (Xinhua/Chen Zhonghao)

Actors Zu Feng (1st L) and Yong Mei (2nd R) pose for a photo on the red carpet of the 12th Beijing International Film Festival in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 12, 2022. (Xinhua/Chen Zhonghao)

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