2017: In August and October young Danish and Chinese film talents meet to inspire and learn from each other during two workshops in Odense and Chengdu. The workshops are a product of collaboration between Odense Filmværksted and ALLAB in Chengdu.
Stolen Fairytales – first Chinese film made in Denmark
2016: 35 Chinese filmmakers and a Danish team worked together to make a film during three hectic weeks in September. The traditional opening with incense and prayer for luck and good weather worked. The weather gods were with the filmmakers and the Funen countryside showed its best side.
”There has to be talent, but if you want to be on the top of the list, you have to work hard. And that applies to all aspects of life; whether you are swinging the racket or shooting a scene.” – Viktor Axelsen, ranked second on the world list and the perfect ambassador. He knows China, speaks Chinese and knows what talent development means – and exactly what it takes.
”The scenery is more colourful, fairytale-like and full of contrasts than I had imagined. We didn’t need to add or change very much in the scenes,” says Zou Dan, who is the scenographer of the Chinese film recorded on Funen and behind a range of high profile Chinese film og tv productions.
Easy accessible locations and a professional film environment makes Denmark an attractive destination. At the same time the country is known as being full of creative people who have extensive knowledge of everything from storytelling to the Oscars.
The trailer for ’Stolen Fairytales’ was shown as part of the cultural program for the official opening of the Danish-Chinese Tourism Year in Beijing. Both the Chinese president Xi Jinping and the Danish Premier minister sent greetings on the day.