Hosted by the state Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, the China media Group and the Shanghai municipal government, this year's SIFF will take place from Thursday to June 16 and showcase more than 400 films in 41 cinemas around the city.
This year, the SIFF, which is one of the 14 competitive feature film festivals in the world accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations, received a total of 8,800 film submissions from 128 countries and regions. These will compete for the Golden Goblet Awards in five categories: the main competition, Asian new talent, documentary films, animation films and short films.
About half of the films were submitted between December 2021 and March 2022, and chose to stay on the competition list for a year after the 25th edition of the SIFF was postponed due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The festival announced the 12 feature films shortlisted for the main competition on Monday. Three of them are Chinese films: All Ears directed by Liu Jiayin, Dust to Dust by Jonathan Li, and Good Autumn, Mommy by Chen Shizhong.
The most anticipated of the three Chinese films is arguably All Ears, which stars veteran actors Hu Ge and Qi Xi, as well as rising star Wu Lei. The film tells the story of the life of an unsuccessful playwright who finds a new job writing obituaries. As he meets people from all walks of life and tries to console them while doing his job, the protagonist ends up finding the meaning of his own life.
This year's SIFF jury panel will consist of 21 members from 12 countries and regions, 11 of whom are from China. The jury members will not only work as judges for the five-category Golden Goblet Awards, but also showcase their own creations at the festival and hold panel discussions at the Golden Goblet forum to share their filmmaking experience.