2008 Shanghai International Film Festival

Coverage of June 14-22 event

Russian film wins top SIFF award
The 11th Shanghai International Film Festival closed Sunday night, with Russian Vladimir Kott's "Mukha" taking the top Jin Jue, or "Golden Goblet," prize. Click here for the full story

'Storm Rider' animated pic complete
The first animated film version of the best-selling Chinese comic book franchise "Storm Rider" has been completed after five years in production and will be released in July in China, producers said. Click here for the full story

Wang Chao gets funds in Shanghai
Chinese director Wang Chao, best known for his 2006 Cannes winner "Luxury Car," is able to begin shooting his next film after raising new money at the Shanghai International Film Festival, producers said Friday. Click here for the full story

June 18, 2008


'Kung Fu Panda' makes quiet China debut
DreamWorks Animation's "Kung Fu Panda" made its China debut Wednesday with an invitation-only screening at the Shanghai International Film Festival that originally was billed as an event that was open to the public. Click here for the full story

June 17, 2008

China urges film co-productions
Chinese filmmakers should work on more co-productions with overseas partners, a senior film industry regulator said Tuesday at the Shanghai International Film Festival. "All co-productions will be treated the same as domestic films in China," Jiang Ping, vice chairman of the Film Bureau of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, said at a forum about co-productions. Click here for the full story

June 16, 2008

Disney on board for China's 'Panda'
Disney will handle world marketing and distribution for the Chinese film "Touch of the Panda" now nearing completion in the earthquake-stricken Sichuan province, executives said Monday at the Shanghai festival. While not a co-production, Disney was involved in preproduction creative consulting on the film about an abandoned panda cub rescued by an orphaned boy. Click here for the full story

China film funding risky, promising

Senior Chinese film industry executives and investors touted government tax incentives, matching grants and rural growth opportunities at a finance forum hosted by the Shanghai festival Monday. Click here for the full story


Dutch film to entrance Shanghai
Dutch director David Verbeek will premiere his look at life in Shanghai, "City of Trance," at the Shanghai festival Saturday. Click here for the full story

June 15, 2008


Two foreign films premiere in Shanghai
A pair of non-Chinese films had world premieres at the 11th Shanghai International Film Festival over the weekend, in a sign that the event is working to live up to its name. Click here for the full story

June 14, 2008

Shanghai fest stumbles at start
Zhang Ziyi, Jackie Chan and Wong Kar Wai opened the 11th Shanghai International Film Festival, calling on guests and media to get organized to relieve the victims of China's recent earthquake. But the event around them began in disarray as the press screening of the opening film, Chinese documentary "Olympic Dreamers," was canceled when its print failed to arrive. Click here for the full story

Shanghai opener is bittersweet
The pall of China's recent earthquake hung over Day 1 of the 11th Shanghai International Film Festival on Saturday, sapping the event of the glitz it had begun to display in recent years. The opening ceremony, clocking in at 30 minutes, was the shortest in memory and lacked typically long-winded speeches by Chinese government officials. Click here for the full story

June 13, 2008

Shanghai fest sobered by quake
The 11th annual Shanghai International Film Festival will open with a two-minute short honoring the 70,000 people who lost their lives in the recent earthquake in southwestern China. Ren Zhonglun, president of the Shanghai Film Group, said that the Chinese documentary "Olympic Dreamers" will officially open the weeklong festival, an event almost canceled because of the quake. Click here for the full story

June 5, 2008

Wong Kar Wai to head Shanghai jury
Director Wong Kar Wai will chair the jury at the 11th Shanghai International Film Festival, where two Chinese movies will join 14 overseas titles competing for the top Jin Jue, or Golden Cup, award. Wong will step in to replace Anthony Minghella, the British director who died in March. Click here for the full story

Shanghai film fest a cinema showcase
Driven by Chinese co-productions and a fair number of homegrown films, the Shanghai International Film Festival is rapidly becoming a cinema showcase for China. One of only 12 competitive international film festivals accredited by the International Federation of Film Producer Associations, SIFF -- which runs June 14-22 -- will be the event's 11th edition and the second year as a separate entity from the Shanghai TV Festival. Click here for the full story

May 29, 2008

Shanghai fest bans Sharon Stone
The organizing committee of the Shanghai International Film Festival has permanently banned Sharon Stone and her films because of her comments about the Sichuan earthquake, a SIFF spokesman told The Hollywood Reporter. Click here for the full story
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