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I’d like to see more films made in China reaching out to the world,” said American dir
ector Rob Minkoff, jury president at the main competition of the 2019 Beijing International Film Festival.
Best known for the celebrated Disney classic The Lion King, Minkoff has also directed a num
ber of animated films including Stuart Little, The Haunted Mansion and Mr. Peabody & Sherman.
In a press conference held last Thursday, Minkoff said Beijing is the heart
of the Chinese film industry. The BIFF attracts film productions from around the world, boo
sting development of filmmaking. With a global jury panel, the festival has become an international affair.
In light of the remarkable progress made by online subscription services like Netflix
and Amazon, Minkoff thinks these platforms offer a promising alternative to big-budget Hollywood blockbusters.
Having closely worked with Netflix on an original animated series based on Anna Dewdney’s picture book franchise Llama Lla
ma, he thinks its business model guarantees more liberty for the creator, thereby leading to more eclectic content.
material until the object is created, and each of these can be regarded as a sliced, horizon
tal cross-section of the eventual item,” said Michael Agam, president of South Asia at Stratasy
s, an additive manufacturing solution provider based in the United States.
Stratasys provides technologies that are used to create prototype, manufacturing tools and
production parts for industries from aerospace, automotive, healthcare to consumer products.
ou to produce complex (functional) sha
pes using less material than traditional manufacturing methods,” Agam said.
Falling product costs, ease of customization of goods, as well as governm
ent incentives are helping China emerge as an Asia leader in additive manufacturing.
China’s 3D printing industry is expected to reach $7.68 billion in output value, or one-thi
rd of the global market by 2020, according to a forecast by the China Industry Information Institute.
China’s smartphone shipments fell 4.1 percent year on year in March to 26.94 million units, dat
a from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) showed.
Last month, smartphones made up 94.9 percent of all mobile phone shipments in the country, ac
cording to a report from the CAICT, a research institute under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
Despite the mobile phone market shrinking, the drop has been moderated, said the report.
Overall mobile phone shipments went down 6 percent in March, narrowing from the 1
.9-percent slump in February to 28.37 million units, among which 95.1 percent were 4G phones.
Chinese-brand mobile phones accounted for 90.5 percent of total shi
pments last month, up from 90.3 percent in February 2019, according to the report.