The Shanghai International Film Festival is the first international film festival in mainland China. It is held in Shanghai, China every June. It was first held in 1993. In 1994, it was recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) as an international Class A film festival. So far, the Shanghai International Film Festival has been held for 25 times. Through more than 20 years of growth, the Shanghai International Film Festival has become more distinctive and more influential. However, the development of the Chinese Film Festival is more than half a century later than Europe. It must be said that there are still many immature and unprofessional.
With the gradual maturity of the Shanghai International Film Festival, it provides a good platform for domestic and international film professionals to communicate. Excellent films from different countries will be shown at the festival, giving the public a chance to watch them. The eight-and-a-half-hour documentary “Shoah” was shown at the Shanghai International Film Festival. Without the film festival, the audience could not watch such a long documentary in an ordinary movie theater. At the same time, the Shanghai International Film Festival has let more filmmakers around the world understand Chinese movies and understand Chinese culture through movies. The Shanghai International Film Festival is also contributing to support of outstanding filmmakers. The judges at the festival are famous directors and screenwriters in the world, and then through the selection of the audience, these outstanding films and filmmakers have provided fresh blood to the Chinese film industry.
On the other hand, we can’t deny that there are many areas that need improvement in the Shanghai International Film Festival. For example, due to the Chinese government’s control over movies, many movies of the theme cannot be released in China, even at the festival. It will still be limited because of the subject matter of the film. Secondly, the history of the development of the China Film Festival is far less than that of Europe. This has led to too few staff members and insufficient experience, which has brought great difficulties in selecting film and organization work. Because of the shortage of staff, the film festival had to invite a large number of volunteers to assist the work. However, since most of the volunteers are inexperienced college students, and the training time is short, it is difficult for volunteers to translate the film professionally. Movie translation cannot meet the requirements, so that the appreciation of the film will be greatly affected.
The fundamental purpose of the festival is to promote the exchange and cooperation of the film market by displaying different types of films. Through the platform of the film market exhibition, the participating entities in the industry chain can not only obtain more information on film project, industry development and display and exchange opportunities. As a developing film festival, the Shanghai International Film Festival does have many problems that need to be improvement. However, with the efforts of accumulating accumulated experience, the Shanghai International Film Festival can become a representative film festival in Asia.