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.

Chinese Short Film Awards

Overall Rating
  • We received a letter from Film Freeway that our film, BEKI'T AKO, is a finalist at the ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival but when we checked the list, our film was not included. I sent a message to the festival but they didn't answer the query. I believe it holds true to the Playa del Carmen Queer Film Festival in Mexico, we also received a message in the email from Film Freeway that our film got selected. But as we checked the festival's list of selected films, our film isn't included for the second time. I sent them a message but didn't reply. I just sent my second message. Hope to get an answer from them. Thank you.

    September 2019
  • Gargantua Distribuzioni

    Thank you for selecting our short film "Antoine".

    August 2019
  • Same here, only got the information that my film "PRISON" is in the "Finalist" list. After that no idea what happened. But loved that finalist official laurel.

    June 2019
  • James Mileham

    Fantastic organisation and brilliantly executed

    June 2019
  • Menelas Siafakas

    I got a finalist selection email, although I don't know what really happened. They did not answer my enquiry

    June 2019