Chinese Industry Pulls Out of Berlin’s European Film Market Amid Coronavirus Crisis
Thanks to a quirk in scheduling, Berlin’s European Film Market was expected to see a record year of business activity from China’s vast film industry in 2020. But due to the escalating global health crisis caused by the “novel coronavirus pneumonia,” as the disease has now been officially designated, participation from Beijing film players at the upcoming 70th Berlinale will amount to nearly nil.
“A Chinese delegation of companies that was planning to attend EFM has seen no other option than to cancel their attendance due to the difficulties in obtaining visas related to the current health situation in China,” the European Film Market’s director Matthijs Wouter Knol on Tuesday told The Hollywood Reporter. The festival head noted that 2020 was supposed to play host to China’s first designated large-scale sales booth on the Berlin market floor.
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