ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival 2019 Opens for Submissions
ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival (ShPFF) will return on June 8-16, 2019. Last year, we celebrated 10 years of ShanghaiPRIDE — and 10 years of sharing our stories. We are very excited to bring the community together once again around LGBTQ films!
The festival’s cinematic component has come a long way, evolving from a single film night to a full-blown festival that supports emerging Chinese filmmakers while also bringing cutting-edge international queer cinema to Shanghai.
In its early years, ShPFF worked with the Beijing Queer Film Festival to host film screenings and discussions. Since 2012, we’ve collaborated with foreign consulates in Shanghai to bring in foreign LGBTQ films. In 2014, ShPFF created an independent category for Chinese LGBTQ films.
In 2015, ShPFF relaunched with the first annual Chinese LGBTQ Short Film Competition, the winner of which gets to compete in the U.K.’s Iris Prize Festival. ShPFF also independently sourced new international films for the first time, with an appearance by famous actress Peipei Cheng. The same year, we co-founded the Asia-Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance (APQFFA) alongside ten other LGBTQ film festivals from the region.
Furthering our relationships across Asia, ShPFF collaborated with AKS Pakistan in 2016. The director of “East Palace, West Palace,” Yuan Zhang, also joined us for a great session to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film, while esteemed actor Sir Ian McKellen sent his wishes to the festival. In 2017, ShPFF traveled to Sydney, Hong Kong, and Taipei to speak about Chinese LGBTQ films. We have also collaborated with BFI Flare, Roze Filmdagen and MIX Copenhagen and invited winning films to screen at ShPFF.
ShPFF 2019 will once again offer an exciting array of events, as well as opportunities for filmmakers. The film competition submissions open today, and we would like to welcome Chinese and international LGBTQ films and filmmakers to join us on this amazing journey.
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