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China and Spain commit to co-productions


- The Asian superpower and Mediterranean country have signed a cooperation agreement for the animated film Bikes The Movie

China and Spain commit to co-productions
A promotional image of Bikes The Movie

Last Friday, 4 March, at the Spanish Film Academy (Madrid), an agreement was signed for the first co-production between China and Spain: animated film Bikes The Movie, which will be directed by Manuel J García (Gigantes, la leyenda de Tombatossals). Spanish producer Ximo Pérez (As Luck Would Have It [+see also:
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) of Animation Bikes AIE, executive producer Lanxi Huang of Kayan Dynasty International Culture and Art Center, and the CEO of co-producer company CVC Group Li Bo, signed the first cooperation agreement between the two countries, which, according to business partners, will lead to many more film projects in the future.

Prominent figures from the government of the People’s Republic of China were present for the signing of the agreement, such as Ouyang Jian, the secretary of the Gansu Provincial Committee, and the plenipotentiary ambassador in Spain Lyu Fan, as well as the director of the Valencian Institute of Culture (IVAC), José Luis Moreno, and representatives of FAPAE (Mabel Klimt), Crea SGR (Rafael Lambea), EGEDA (Rafael Sánchez) and the Film Academy (its secretary, Porfirio Enríquez).

The co-production agreement between Spain and China has been on the agenda of both governments since 2014, but it has only now taken shape in a concrete film project, despite a number of trips and never-ending negotiations “to make it a reality”, according to Ximo Pérez.

Bikes The Movie, which is relying on the animation production support of Culturarts (Valencia) and a number of Levantine investors, will follow in the successful footsteps of American films of the same genre such as Cars, but with a strong eco-friendly message, as the bicycle is the most commonly used form of transport in China and is increasingly trendy in Europe.

(Translated from Spanish)

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