Shanghai International Film Festival

The Shanghai International Film Festival (Chinese: 上海国际电影, French: Festival international du film de Shanghai), abbreviated SIFF, is one of the largest film festivals in East Asia.[1]

Shanghai International Film Festival
Sebastian Bieniek Pressekonferenz 10th Shanghai International Film Festival 2007.jpg
Sebastian Bieniek at 2007 Shanghai International Film Festival press conference
LocationShanghai, China
AwardsGolden Goblet
Chen Hao at the 2007 festival

"China's biggest film festival" according to the Hollywood Reporter. Next to Tokyo International Film Festival, the SIFF is considered by many to be the second biggest film festival in Asia.[2] The first festival was held from October 7 to 14, 1993. In 2003 there was no festival due to the SARS outbreak.[3] Since its beginning in 1993, Shanghai International Film Festival has grown to become an A-category international film festival.[4]

Every June, the 10-day film festival arrives as scheduled, and it has become an important sight in Shanghai's cultural life. The Shanghai Film Festival has screened more than 400 Chinese and foreign films.[5]

SIFF organized by Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio, Film & TV and Shanghai Media & Entertainment Group. It awards several "Golden Goblet" Awards (Chinese: 金爵; pinyin: Jin Jue) for best film, best director, best actor/actress, and other categories, as well as a "Special Jury Award." SIFF Mart consists of the Film Market, China Film Pitch and Catch (CFPC), and Co-production Film Pitch and Catch (Co-FPC). The SIFFORUM is a communication platform.[6]


In 2011, SIFF started a "Film Restoration" program to repair and preserve prints of classic Chinese movies.[7][8]

Notable jury members include Oliver Stone, Mark Rydell, István Szabó, Stanislav Rostotsky, Alan Parker, Lee Chang-Dong, Geoffrey Gilmore, François Girard, Olivier Assayas, Luc Besson, Lisa Lu, Donnie Yen, Chen Hao, Tran Anh Hung, Chen Kaige, He Ping, Wong Kar-Wai, Bille August, Danny Boyle, Andie Macdowell, John Woo, Barry Levinson, Paz Vega,[9] Jean-Jacques Annaud, Heather Graham, Li Bingbing, Tom Hooper, Gong Li, Sally Potter, Emir Kusturica, Atom Egoyan, Xu Qing, Sabu, Ildikó Enyedi, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Zhao Tao, Paolo Genovese and Nicolas Celis.

Other notable attendees include Jesse Eisenberg, Smriti Irani, Kirill Razlogov, Peng Yuyan, Xu Qing, Zhou Yun, Yang Zishan, Thierry Fremaux, Xu Zheng and Amanda Seyfried.[10][11]


Golden Goblet AwardsEdit

The most prestigious award given out at Shanghai is the Jin Jue ("Golden Goblet") for the Best Feature Film.

Asian New Talent AwardEdit

An award launched in 2004 aimed at gathering new forces in film creativity, excavating/tapping fresh young faces on screens, and boosting newly made productions by young film makers into worldwide perspective.[12]

  • Best Film
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Scriptwriter
  • Best Cinematographer

International Student Shorts AwardsEdit

International Student Shorts Award was introduced since the 9th SIFF in 2006, as a stage for the young people to communicate with renowned film masters and to display their works. It is one of the three grand awards of Shanghai International Film Festival, together with Golden Goblet Award and Asian New Talent Award, by which more and more students approach to the world film industry. [13]

  • Best Film Award
  • Best Director Award
  • Best Animation Award
  • Best Creative Idea Award
  • Special Jury Award

China Movie Channel Media AwardsEdit

China Movie Channel Media Awards are presented at each Shanghai International Film Festival by China Movie Channel since 2007. Voted by the reporters in the entertainment industry, the awards are aimed at "promoting medium-and-small-budget homegrown movies and exposing talented young directors and actors".[14]

  • Best Film
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress

Jackie Chan Action Movie AwardsEdit

Jackie Chan Action Movie Awards were presented during the Jackie Chan Action Movie Week during the SIFF between 2015 and 2018. Voted by the reporters in the entertainment industry, the awards are aimed at "celebrating international action movies and honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to the genre."[15][16] In 2019, these awards became their own event held separately from the SIFF.[17]

  • Best Action Movie
  • Best Action Movie Director
  • Best Action Choreographer
  • Best Action Movie Actor
  • Best Action Movie Actress
  • Best Action Movie New Performer
  • Best Special Effects
  • Best Fight

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Singapore films shine at the 11th Shanghai International Film Festival". Channel News Asia. Retrieved 2008-06-11.
  2. ^ Chuck Berry. "10 Years Young: The Shanghai International Film Festival". Sense of Cinema. Archived from the original on 2008-05-30. Retrieved 2008-06-11.
  3. ^ Jones, Arthur (2004-06-13). "Fest welcomes banned Beijing Acad helmers". Variety. Retrieved 2008-12-22.
  4. ^ Norwegian Films at Shanghai International Film Festival
  5. ^ Wong2021-06-10T20:32:00+01:00, Silvia. "Shanghai film festival head talks protocols and highlights of the 2021 edition". Screen. Retrieved 2021-11-29.
  6. ^ "THE 15TH SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL". 2012-01-27. Archived from the original on 2012-01-27. Retrieved 2020-02-29.
  7. ^ "OPENING & CLOSING CEREMONIES". Retrieved 2020-02-28.
  8. ^ "Jaeger-lecoultre Continues Film Restoration Projects in Partnership With the Shanghai International Film Festival". Retrieved 2020-02-28.
  9. ^ "THE 14TH SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL". 2011-07-25. Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2020-02-28.
  10. ^ "2018 SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FORUM". Retrieved 2020-02-28.
  11. ^ 刘小卓. "Awards ceremony for 2018 Asian New Talent Award held in Shanghai -". Retrieved 2020-02-28.
  12. ^ "Asian New Talent Award Overview". Archived from the original on 2017-06-10.
  13. ^ "International Student Shorts Award section in SIFF website". SIFF. Retrieved 2010-10-11.
  14. ^ Zhang Rui (2012-06-19). "Jackie Chan launches SIFF Media Awards". China Central Television.
  15. ^ "Overview of Jackie Chan Action Movie Week". Shanghai International Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2016-06-27.
  16. ^ "Jackie Chan Award Action Movie Winners Announced 2016". Shanghai International Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2016-08-17.
  17. ^ "Make It Your Own Awards(TM)". PsycEXTRA Dataset. 2007. doi:10.1037/e408632008-013. Retrieved 2020-02-29.

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