China’s longest-running film festival, Shanghai International Film Festival, was postponed amidst the coronavirus pandemic and the following lockdowns. Now, the wait is finally over as the famous festival will soon begin.
The date is fixed to be 25th July 2020 to 2nd August 2020. tHE Film Festival will open in low-risk regions.
Employees related to Shanghai International Film Festival told The Hollywood Reporter that the festival will mostly have a Chinese audience. Different from the usual schedule, there will be no international jury or the main competition this time. The line-up of screening may release in the coming days.
Given the pandemic situation all over the globe, Chinese immigration authorities are taking strict precautions on the entry of foreign travellers. Even Chinese citizens, who are returning from different places, are required to undergo a lengthy quarantine. The organisers of the Film Festival say that no foreigners will be formally invited but international staff for the film companies are welcome to attend the festival.
The Shanghai International Film Festival is one of the most prestigious international cinema festivals and usually opens in mid-June but was postponed due to the pandemic.
The reopening of the famous event is finally happening after China’s Film Bureau permitted cinemas to resume business on 20th July. Only cinemas which are in ‘low-risk’ regions are permitted to reopen their business.
Along with the Shanghai International Film Festival, the Shanghai International TV festival will also run from 3rd August 2020 to 7th August 2020.