The Shanghai International Film Festival, originated in 1993, is hosted by the State Administration of Radio, Film & Television and Shanghai Municipal Government; and organized by Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio, Film & TV and SMEG. Compared to other competitive feature film festivals accredited by FIAPF such as Cannes and Berlin, the Shanghai International Film Festival is much younger. After being successfully established, the festival was soon accredited by FIAPF as one of the competitive feature film festivals. Every year in June, this only international festival in China opens its curtains, and brings to you a visual feast of films.
Numerous shining stars perfects the festival with glory, but the true focus of the film festival is the screenings of excellent films selected from hundreds of films. These films include art films, commercial films, low-budget independent films, and also with the join in of short films and documentaries, the international panorama becomes much more diversified and splendid. The enriching selection is able to fulfill the multi needs of foreign guests, film specialist, and of course the local mass audience. Screenings during the festival is different from the usual box office line of screening. Festival screenings fully display the diversity and ever-changing phases of films. The pureness and aesthetics of films are intensified, thus making it easier for people in persuasion of high quality life and artistic taste.
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