FIRST Financing Forum

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2019 FIRST Financing Forum will be held from July 24 to July 27, 2019 in Xining, Qinghai Province.

FIRST Financing Forum is designed to bridge emerging filmmakers, select film projects and the film industry. A fundraising platform for young filmmakers’ 

early works, FIRST Financing Forum opens up script tutoring sessions, pitch presentations and one-on-one meetings in order for filmmakers to be actively 

engaged in conversations with industry professionals, including financiers, producers, post-production experts, sales agents, distributors and film festival 

representatives. Also, FIRST Financing Forum invites industry experts as jurors (click the link and jump to the “Jurors” page) and curates expert panels, talks 

and master-classes to enable participants to keep pace with the latest trends in international filmmaking. 

In 2018, FIRST Financing Forum received 742 submissions, accredited 450 industry professionals and held 304 meetings. The submitted projects featured a 

wide spectrum of subjects and genres: romance, family drama, coming-of-age, crime, musical, epic, fantasy, sci-fi, etc. 12 projects (click the link and jump to 

the “Finalist Projects” page) made to the final round. 

A number of FIRST Financing Forum projects were already completed and made their presence at international film festival arenas. My Original Dream (dir. 

Hao Jie, 2015) received the Best Picture nomination at the 28th Tokyo International Film Fesvial, Knife in the Clear Water (dir. Wang Xuebo, 2016) was 

awarded at the New Currents Section at the 21st Busan International Film Festival, Looming Storm (dir. Dong Yue, 2017) won the Best Actor and the Best 

Artistic Contribution at the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival, From Where We’ve Fallen (dir. Wang Feifei, 2017) was selected into the New Directors 

section at the 65th San Sebastian Film Festival, and Old Beast (dir. Zhou Ziyang, 2017) gained an Asian Future Special Mention at the 30th Tokyo 

International Film Festival and claimed the FIPRESCI award, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay at the 54th Golden Horse Film Festival. 

If you have any interest in submitting your projects or accreditation applications to FIRST Financing Forum, please contact You may 

also refer to FIRST Financing Forum Regulations and Rules.pdf

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