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31st College Student Film Festival opens in Beijing

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31st College Student Film Festival opens in Beijing
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31st College Student Film Festival opens in Beijing

2024-04-21 20:36 Last Updated At:21:07

The 31st Beijing College Student Film Festival (BCSFF), as a part of the ongoing Beijing International Film Festival, opened on Saturday in the Chinese capital with a grand opening ceremony.

During the ceremony, 34 outstanding domestic films were unveiled after being selected from a pool of over 200 submissions. The announcement of eight "Youth Honors" for outstanding domestic films will take place on May 4, China's Youth Day, at an award ceremony dubbed "Youth Night", an annual highlight of the BCSFF that invites movie fans and college students nationwide to witness the birth of the honors.

The opening ceremony was attended by notable film professionals such as Huang Huilin and Tao Yuling, alongside over 300 young students.

This year's theme is "Light Gives Birth to All, Films Depicts New Chapters", expressing a sincere hope for young filmmakers in their career development.

"Everything grows under the sun. I believe that the light radiating from films nurtures the young people, generation after generation. We expect them to create something new, especially to share more stories of our news life through films," said Xiao Xiangrong, executive deputy director of the festival's organizing committee.

Additionally, the digital 3D image of the mascot, Little Flying Tiger, was unveiled at the ceremony.

Huang Huilin, BCSFF's founder, said that the mascot has witnessed the growth of young filmmakers over the past years.

"There was no mascot in the first edition of the festival. By the fourth edition, our then-festival secretary Zhang Tongdao sought to find one. He discovered a little flying tiger in a stone portrait from the Han Dynasty (202 BC-220 AD) more than 2,000 years old ago. This lively depiction, with two little wings, resonates with our college students who are full of vitality and energy, so we modified the Han Dynasty portrait into the festival's mascot," Huang recalled.

The event concluded with a screening of the film "The Beginning", a creation depicting the youthful journey of late Chinese leader Mao Zedong (1893-1976).

This year's festival, which will conclude on May 4, will also feature various activities, including academic and cultural forums and a special program marking the 40th anniversary of China's Teachers' Day, which falls on Sept 10.

31st College Student Film Festival opens in Beijing

31st College Student Film Festival opens in Beijing

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China's service outsourcing industry reports robust expansion

2024-05-22 04:25 Last Updated At:05:37

⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠China's service outsourcing industry saw robust expansion in the first four months of this year, the Ministry of Commerce said on Tuesday.

Chinese firms inked services outsourcing contracts worth a total of some 781.43 billion yuan (about 110 billion U.S. dollars) in the four-month period, up 14.4 percent year on year, according to the ministry.

The executed contract value stood at 520.51 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 12.9 percent.

Of the total, the value of offshore service outsourcing contracts rose 8.6 percent year on year to 419.04 billion yuan.

Specifically, the value of offshore information technology outsourcing (ITO) services provided by Chinese companies jumped by 10.9 percent from a year earlier.

China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the United States and the European Union ranked the top three markets in terms of the fulfilled contract value of offshore outsourcing service, accounting for 54 percent of the total.

Chinese firms undertook nearly 80 billion yuan(about 14.93 billion U.S. dollars) worth of offshore service outsourcing contracts that were fulfilled with countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative, up 24 percent from a year ago, while the offshore outsourcing services for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) member countries totaled 73.26 billion yuan, up 16.6 percent year on year.

Outsourcing refers to hiring an outside party to carry out services or produce goods typically undertaken by in-house employees. In China, service outsourcing is typically divided into three sectors: information technology outsourcing, business process outsourcing and knowledge process outsourcing.

In the January-April period, the service outsourcing industry welcomed about 301,000 new hires, with 84.7 percent of these individuals holding a bachelor's degree or above. The sector had over 16.17 million employees at the end of April, among whom some 10.56 million were graduates with a bachelor's degree or higher.

China's service outsourcing industry reports robust expansion

China's service outsourcing industry reports robust expansion

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