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Actress Angie Chiu makes her red carpet appearance during the opening ceremony of the 2nd Hainan International Film Festival in Sanya, south China's Hainan Province, Dec. 1, 2019. The 2nd Hainan International Film Festival kicked off in Sanya on Sunday. [Photo/Xinhua]

The 2nd Hainan Island International Film Festival (HIIFF) opened Sunday in the resort city of Sanya, south China's Hainan Province.

This year's HIIFF has received a total of 1,495 applications from 80 countries and regions for the Golden Coconut Awards, with more than 30 films and documentaries nominated to compete for the prizes.

Award-winning French actress Isabelle Huppert, who chairs the jury for the awards, said China is rich in film resources and has many excellent directors and producers as well as a long history of film-making.

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Actress Yang Mi makes her red carpet appearance during the opening ceremony of the 2nd Hainan International Film Festival in Sanya, south China's Hainan Province, Dec. 1, 2019. The 2nd Hainan International Film Festival kicked off in Sanya on Sunday. [Photo/Xinhua]

The trophy is designed in the shape of a coconut tree, one of the most common plants in Hainan.

More than 200 films from 61 countries and regions will be screened in eight exhibition units during the festival, according to the organizing committee.

Outdoor screening tours will be held all year round to the public who can watch films on the beach for free.

The festival will run until Dec. 8.