Shanghai Film Festival Set to Open on July 25, New Activities and Jury Revealed


Shanghai International Film Festival is going to begin from 25th July to 2nd August 2020. Only one week is left for this major cinema event to take place in China. The Shanghai International Film Festival was scheduled to kick-off on June 8, but it got delayed due to coronavirus outbreak. Almost all the businesses, production houses, and cinema halls were shut. But after getting the green light from the Chinese authorities to reopen theaters, SIFF organizers decided the festival’s official dates.

Shanghai is one of the least affected parts of China. Till now, only seven deaths are recorded out of 733 cases. Unfortunately, the Shanghai International Film Festival will only be a Chinese affair without any foreign guests. No international jury will be present during the event due to the coronavirus pandemic. Furthermore, this year, it also won’t have any main competitions.

The 23rd film festival is most likely to screen films only for the public and Chinese industry. Foreigners traveling from all over the globe won’t be allowed to be a part of this grand event. Chinese immigration authorities will also strictly maintain a strict quarantine for Chinese citizens, who will be returning from other parts of the world.

The organizers also revealed that no foreign guests would be welcomed to the festival. However, staff who are a part of international film companies located in China will be invited to the event.

Shanghai Film Festival Set to Open on July 25, New Activities and Jury Revealed

Shanghai International Film Festival Details: 

Shanghai International Film Festival is said to be China’s prestigious event. Usually, every year, it launches in the mid-month of June. However, it got delayed due to the global pandemic. According to the organizers, the 23rd Shanghai International Film & TV Festival will take place in both online and offline formats.

Moreover, the audience can expect online screenings, outdoor screenings, as well as theater screenings to be held during the event. However, theaters that are located in the high and medium risk of the coronavirus will remain closed.

One can buy tickets online from Taopiaopiao for the film festival. Tickets will be sold online from 20th July, and only thirty percent of the crowd will be allowed as per the seating capacity of the venue. Apart from that, the screening lineup will be released soon. 

What will be activities for the Shanghai International Film Festival?

The festival will include regular activities like International Film and TV Market, Golden Goblet Forum, SIFF Project, as well as Belt and Road Film Week. Apart from that, the Shanghai TV Festival will have activities like International TV showcase, Magnolia Awards, Shanghai Internet Summit, and Magnolia TV Forum. TV shows that have released on streaming services will be nominated for the very first time for Magnolia Awards.

Chinese TV and film director, Zheng Xiaolong will be the jury of this year’s festival. Additionally, Golden Goblet Awards titles are Antti Jokinen’s Helene, Cristina Comencini’s Feel Your Memories, two Chinese titles – Li Xiaofeng’s Back To The Wharf and Da Peng’s The Reunions, as well as Japanese Director Shuichi Okita’s One Summer Story.

So right now, that’s all we know about the event. Stay updated for more updates about the Shanghai International Film Festival 2020.


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