​Shanghai film & TV festival resumes in June

By Zhang Rui
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The Shanghai International Film & TV Festival, canceled last year due to COVID-19, is slated to make its comeback this June. The full lists of jurors for both the film and TV festivals, along with many additional details, were unveiled at a press conference held in Beijing on Tuesday.

Organizers announce details regarding the Shanghai International Film & TV Festival at a press conference in Beijing, May 16, 2023. [Photo courtesy of SIFF & STVF Organizing Committee]

The 25th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF), helmed by the China Media Group (CMG) and the Shanghai local government under the China Film Administration's guidance, will run from June 9 to 18. A day later, the 28th Shanghai TV Festival (STVF), organized by the National Radio and Television Administration, CMG, and the Shanghai local government, will occur from June 19 to 23.

The 25th SIFF Golden Goblet Awards' jurors will judge the shortlisted films during the festival, with the winners announced at the award ceremony on June 17 at the Shanghai Grand Theater. Similarly, the 28th STVF Magnolia Awards' jurors will select winners from various TV program categories, with award announcements on June 23 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Polish filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski will lead the SIFF jury for the Golden Goblet Awards' main competition category. The jury includes Indian director and actress Nandita Das, Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho, German cinematographer Lutz Reitemeier, Chinese actress Song Jia, and Chinese filmmakers Vivian Qu and Zhang Lyu.

For the STVF drama section, Chinese film and TV scholar Hu Zhifeng will preside over the jury, which includes notable figures like Chinese actor Duan Yihong and director Sun Hao, among others. The foreign drama panel jury features Spanish actress Mar Sodupe and South Korean producer Jae-Hyeok Yoon.

Both the film and TV awards will also host minor categories, such as animations and documentaries. For instance, actor Jackson Yee will be a juror on the Asian New Talent award category panel for the SIFF Golden Goblet Awards, led by Kyrgyzstani filmmaker Aktan Abdykalykov.

The 25th SIFF has received nearly 8,800 entries from 128 countries and regions, featuring new films by renowned directors and many global or international premieres.

The festival will also host many other events and activities, including the SIFFORUM, to facilitate discussions on new opportunities, technological innovation, and international cooperation in China's film industry. The organizers will also foster business connections through the Film Market section, offering exhibition booths and screening opportunities for local and overseas exhibitors. As a part of this year's SIFF, the Belt and Road Film Week will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), bringing together previous and new members of the five-year-old Belt and Road Film Festival Alliance initiated by SIFF to reflect on the past and plan for the future.

This year's SIFF poster (L) is themed "Embrace all, follow the light" and the STVF poster (R) is themed "Be innovative, stay true." [Image courtesy of SIFF & STVF Organizing Committee]

The international film panorama will categorize selected films into 16 sections, showcasing notable art-house films from the past decade, works by emerging Hong Kong filmmakers, and Spanish films commemorating 50 years of diplomatic relations between China and Spain. It will also include new films from Germany, Italy, Japan, and India. Screenings will be held in tribute to film masters Xie Jin, Jean-Luc Godard, Pema Tseden, and Ryuichi Sakamoto. The screening schedule will be announced on May 31, with tickets available at noon on June 2 via Taopiaopiao.com.

For the STVF segment, alongside the Magnolia Awards judged by Chinese and international jurors, various activities will be organized as part of the 28th STVF to bolster services and foster international cooperation. This year, the STVF received an unprecedented number of entries, with nearly 1,900 submissions from 49 countries and regions spanning five continents. There are 981 works released this year, including 167 Chinese TV dramas, 158 overseas dramas, 175 animations, 342 documentaries, and 139 variety shows. Notably, for the first time, online audio and video content will also compete for the Magnolia Awards, reflecting the evolving landscape of the industry and highlighting the aim to nurture a healthy online cultural environment.

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