|A press conference is held for the 6th Beijing International Film Festival and the "Tiantan Award" Selection in Beijing, capital of China, April 6, 2016. The film festival will be held in Beijing on April 16-23. (Xinhua Photo)|
The highly anticipated Sixth Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) will kick off on April 16. A total of 15 Chinese and foreign movies are nominated for the coveted Tiantan Awards, and the jury for the awards will be presided over by famous American film producer Brett Ratner.
The organizers of the Tiantan Awards received a total of 433 submissions from 42 countries and regions, including 230 foreign films and 203 domestic ones. Eventually, after four rounds of eliminations, 15 movies were chosen to compete.
The 15 finalists include the Spanish film "A perfect day," Romanian film "Aferim!," Canadian film "Grand Unified Theory," German film "Dark side of the moon," British film "Golden Years" and two Chinese films, "Go Away, Mr. Tumour" and "Master."
Ratner produced the 2016 Oscar winner "Revenant." The other six members of the jury are Hong Kong director Teddy Chen, German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu, Japanese director Yojiro Takita, Bosnian director Danis Tanović and Chinese actress Xu Qing.
The opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the International Convention & Exhibition Center at Yanqi Lake in Beijing. More than 3,000 actors from home and abroad are invited to attend the event. The festival will end on April 23.