Closing ceremony and Tiantan Award for BIFF held in Beijing

Updated 2018-04-23 09:48:01

Jury members pose on the red carpet for the closing ceremony of the 8th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) in Beijing, capital of China, April 22, 2018. (Xinhua/Zhang Yuwei)

The closing ceremony of the eighth annual Beijing International Film Festival (BIFF) lifted its curtain on Sunday at the Yanqi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Center, gathering a star-studded lineup on the red carpet.

The film's top awards were handed out during the closing ceremony.

Georgian film director and screenwriter Mariam Khatchvani won the Tiantan Award for Best Director for "Dede," while Best Feature Film went to "Scary Mother."

Actors perform during the closing ceremony of the 8th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) in Beijing, capital of China, April 22, 2018. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)

Meanwhile, British actor Joe Cole won the Best Actor award for "Eye on Juliet."

Georgian actress Nata Murvanidze took Best Actress.

The Tiantan Awards are the most prestigious awards at the festival, drawing 659 entries from 71 countries and regions this year. Fifteen films were in the running for the Tiantan Award.

During the eight-day festival, more than 300 events in seven large sections were held. 15,000 guests from more than 50 countries and regions spent more than a week on the development of film and promoted cultural exchanges between films. The BIFF continues to support the development of Chinese films and has become a benchmark for the Chinese film industry.

In 2017, 798 feature films, 32 animation films, 68 science and education films, 44 documentaries, and 28 special films were produced in the Chinese mainland, totaling 970 films.

The closing ceremony of the 8th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) is held in Beijing, capital of China, April 22, 2018. (Xinhua/Liu Bin)

The total annual box office in the mainland reached 55,911 billion last year, an increase of 13.45 percent year on year. The domestic films' overseas box office and sales revenue reached 4.253 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 11.19 percent.

A total of 9,597 additional screens were put in use last year, while the total number of screens has reached 50,776.

The film festival began on April 15.

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