The First Golden Panda Awards sponsored by the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles and the People’s Government of Sichuan Province, will be hosted in Chengdu of Sichuan Province on Sept 19 and 20.

The Golden Panda Awards are presented once every two years to outstanding entries globally, including works in film, TV drama, documentary and animation, in which the awards are like the Chinese combination of the Academy Awards and Emmy Awards.

According to the People’s Government of Sichuan Province in a statement, the process starts with the solicitation of entries conducted by the organising committee via both public solicitation and targeted invitations.

This year, some 7,024 pieces from 104 countries and regions have been submitted, of which 4,927 are coming from outside of China, accounting for 70 per cent of total.

Representative of the preliminary jury of the First Golden Panda Awards, Ren Zhonglun said the initial round of evaluation has ended with the nomination of 90 entries, including 29 films, 26 TV dramas, 20 documentaries and 15 animations.

The mascot of the Golden Panda Awards is an adorable and lively giant panda, while the design of the trophy was inspired by bamboo, the food of choice of the giant panda.

As a rare species that have lived on the Earth for at least eight million years, the giant panda is the “national treasure” of China and an ambassador for peace and friendship.

Other than the main ceremony, the First Golden Panda Awards will also consist of numerous activities such as Golden Panda International Cultural Forum; “Let’s Watch Movies Together” (Film Screening); and “Panda Takes You to Look Around the World” (Film and Television Exhibition).

Source: BERNAMA News Agency