On March 9, CANNESERIES announced that Bilibili, China’s biggest video community for young generations, has been selected for the 2022 CANNESERIES Short Form Competition with the short series Night Cat Express: Night Dream.
During the festival, the series will be shown at Espace Miramar. This is the first time a Chinese series has been chosen for CANNESERIES and will be aired.
The Cannes International Series Festival, or CANNESERIES, is an annual professional series festival held in Cannes and one of Europe’s largest series festivals. The official picks contain unique International and French programs and emphasis on innovation and boldness, with the goal of representing and highlighting series from all over the world. Previously, BBC America’s Killing Eve, HBO’s Years and Years, and Amazon’s Truth Seekers were among the global programs chosen for the competition.
Night Cat Express: Night Dream presents the narrative of the Night Cat, who can sense human needs and bring astonishing things to fulfill them. It is made up of 13 separate stories, each lasting around 10 minutes.
The series is Bilibili’s first attempt at developing a high-quality original short series, and it intends to inspire young people to create content.
In addition to short series, Bilibili has been expanding high-quality OGV (occupationally generated video) categories to enrich its content ecosystem. In the field of Chinese anime, Bilibili is now one of the largest Chinese anime production companies. As of November 2021, Bilibili has launched 430 Chinese anime titles and produced 178 titles. Over 340 million users are watching Chinese anime on Bilibili. Since 2020, the company has launched 24 Chinese anime titles globally, including the highly popular Link Click and Heaven Official’s Blessing, which were hosted on the leading global streaming platform Funimation. Heaven Official’s Blessing was also introduced on NETFLIX.
Bilibili is also one of the largest documentary production companies in China. As of September 2021, Bilibili has launched over 3000 documentaries and produced 106 documentaries, including The Story of Chuaner, Little Giants, and First Man Out with Ed Stafford. The company has formed a strategic partnership with Discovery and BBC Studios to produce high-quality documentaries.