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Animation festival opens in east China

2012-04-28 18:06:39 GMT2012-04-29 02:06:39(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Children attend the China International Cartoon and Animation Festival in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, April 28, 2012. The 2012 China International Cartoon and Animation Festival (CICAF) opened Saturday in Hangzhou, drawing people from dozens of countries and regions. The festival will last till May 3, 2012. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)

An exhibitor from southeast China's Taiwan presents a cartoon puppet at the China International Cartoon and Animation Festival in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, April 28, 2012. The 2012 China International Cartoon and Animation Festival (CICAF) opened Saturday in Hangzhou, drawing people from dozens of countries and regions. The festival will last till May 3, 2012. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)

A robot gestures at the China International Cartoon and Animation Festival in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, April 28, 2012. The 2012 China International Cartoon and Animation Festival (CICAF) opened Saturday in Hangzhou, drawing people from dozens of countries and regions. The festival will last till May 3, 2012. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)

HANGZHOU, April 28 (Xinhua) -- The eighth China International Animation & Cartoon Festival (CICAF) began on Saturday evening in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province.

Companies from 61 countries and regions, including Japanese anime maker Toei and "Angry Birds" developer Rovio Entertainment, will attend the festival, the biggest animation event in China.

The six-day carnival will feature a range of exhibitions, forums, contests and fan-led activities. Its cosplay competition will feature overseas zones this year to attract foreign fans, organizers said.

Saturday's opening ceremony was attended by Liu Yandong, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and a state councilor, who was there to inaugurate the event.

Initiated in 2005 by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television and Zhejiang's provincial government, the festival has been held in Hangzhou for six consecutive years.

Between 2005 and 2011, the festival recorded nearly 6 million visits and a total business transaction volume of 46 billion yuan (7.3 bln U.S. dollars).

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