Jackie Chan, Zhang Ziyi and other top names from the Chinese film industry joined celebrations for the inaugural Beijing International Film Festival.
Others walking the red carpet at the festival's opening ceremony at the National Center for the Performing Arts late Saturday included directors Feng Xiaogang and Peter Chan, kung fu star Sammo Hung, as well as actresses Fan Bingbing and Tang Wei. Foreign guests included "The Lion King" director Rob Minkoff.
Jackie Chan said he hoped "if we combine efforts the Beijing Film Festival will draw global attention in due course."
Fan said industry insiders have been dreaming about an international film festival in the Chinese capital. China's leading international film festival is currently held in the eastern financial center Shanghai.