This month's Entertainment Expo will receive its largest delegation from France as part of Year of France in China celebrations. More than 60 film and television professionals from 37 French film companies and commissions will participate in the three-day Filmart event, organised under the expo by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, from March 22. The delegation and France's consulate-general in Hong Kong will host 'French Day' and 'French Night' on March 23, featuring seminars and the gala screening of the hit film A Very Long Engagement. The film's director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, will be present. Thirty films produced and co-produced by French filmmakers have also been selected as part of this year's Hong Kong International Film Festival. The Year of France in China is a nationwide celebration of French culture. 'We are very excited to have such a large delegation. This is historic, given that the French invented movies over a hundred years ago. This will be a great exchange opportunity,' said Raymond Yip Chak-yan, the Trade Development Council's service promotion director. Mr Yip said this year's Filmart would be the largest since it was first held nine years ago. More than 2,000 visitors are expected. 'Up until now, 343 exhibitors have registered, including 87 from Hong Kong and 256 from overseas,' said Mr Yip. Twenty Asian films will premiere at Filmart, including the recent Berlinale Silver Bear winners Peacock by Gu Changwei and The Wayward Cloud by Tsai Ming-liang. Filmart and the film festival are two of the eight events being held as part of the Entertainment Expo. The government has said it hopes the expo can become the 'Cannes of Asia'. About 1,000 guests will join the gala opening of the Entertainment Expo on March 21, featuring dozens of movie stars, including Tony Leung Chiu-wai and an international star yet to be announced, and musical performances by guests including Coco Lee.