We are very excited to announce our new members for Board of Advisory – Susan Xu, Shen Yang and Michael Peyser! With their professional insights and expertise in the international film industry, CWFA continues to provide first hand and unparalleled experience for all movie fans. Here are their profiles and achievements and remember to check out our website for more news and updates on TIFF 2015!
Susan Xu is the vice president of China Film Co-Production Corporation (CFCC), founded in 1979, a historical and influential special organization solely authorized by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television to administer affairs relating to Chinese-foreign film co-productions.
CFCC provides comprehensive service related to China-Foreign film productions, which includes obtaining government permits, advising on scripts to get through China’s state censorship, entry visa for foreign crews participating in co-productions and facilitate customs clearance for filming equipment, film stocks and materials. Her involvement in mainland film industry has contributed to the growth of international co-production and motivates Chinese cinema to expand internationally.
Moreover, she is on the advisory board of China Hollywood Society, where she provides expert advise on all questions regarding co-production film making in China. Susan is fluently bilingual and based in Beijing and frequently travels between China and the U.S.
Shen Yang is the vice president of China Film International Corporation, which is a joint venture of China Film Group Corporation, the largest and most influential state-run film enterprise in China. She has received numerous awards and nominations at distinguished international film festivals.
Her 100 million RMB box-office revenue co-produced film – Black Coal Thin Ice, has won the Golden Bear and Silver Bear of Best Actor of Berlin Film Festival 2014, and received 8 nominations at the 51st Golden Horse Award. Through the same award ceremony, Yang’s latest film – North by Northeast directed by Zhang Bing Jian, also received nominations for the Best Original Score and Best Photography.
During her former years as the Deputy Program Director of Shanghai International Film Festival, she created the SIFF’s Asian New Talent Award, the SIFFORUM, SIFF Project Market and Student Shorts Award, all of which became the cornerstone to the festival’s development.
Yang was also involved in cinematic training and education, where she was a guest instructor at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership.
Michael Peyser is an accomplished producer of both major studio movies as well as cutting-edge independent films. His most recent co-produced movie with Joo-ick Lee (a well-known Korean producer) was Late Autumn, where the film won numerous international awards and was one of the most successful “indie” movies ever released in China. Late Autumn is a Korean-American co-produced movie written and directed by the celebrated Korean director Tae-Yong Kim, and it also starred Tang Wei (the Chinese actress who starred in Ang Lee’s Lust Caution) and starred Bin Hyun, one of Korea’s biggest new stars.
Peyser’s extensive producing credits encompass a wide range of commercially and critically successful films, including: Ruthless People (Bette Midler, Danny DeVito), Big Business (Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin), Hackers (Angelina Jolie), Desperately Seeking Susan (Madonna), and the children’s classic Matilda (directed by Danny DeVito) and more.
In addition to his producing credits, Peyser was the founding Senior Vice-President of Hollywood Pictures at The Walt Disney Studios, where he supervised creative development, production, and a broad release schedule for an extensive slate of films.
Furthermore, Peyser is a tenured professor at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, where he teaches all aspects of producing and the filmmaking enterprise. He is involved in research and development of creative production pipelines, digital studio stagecraft, storytelling and immersive media. Moreover, he led a weeklong series of Master Lectures on all aspects of Producing at the Beijing Film Academy in 2014.