Volunteers Issus in Shanghai International Film Festival

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In January of this year, there was an article entitled “Volunteers, Shanghai International Film Festival should be reconsidered”. According to the report, since 1997, the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) has no longer used the society to find volunteers, but to collect college students from cooperative colleges. The report also pointed out that using students’ volunteers led to some problems at the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) in recent years. The most obvious one is the translation problem,which the translation is not accurate enough, there will be a phenomenon that it is not timely or even loses sentences. First of all, the students’ volunteers have no relevant experience, neither the work experience in the media industry nor the experience of instant translation. Secondly, the volunteers have insufficient preparation time and do not have enough preparation for the relevant film. This may lead to some derailment in the Q&A session. These problems, if convened by social volunteers, may be alleviated.

Volunteers are an essential part of most film festivals. Film festivals and volunteers should belong to a mutually beneficial win-win relationship. The festival will reduce the cost and expand the number of staffs through volunteers to ensure the integrity of the service. Volunteers gain experience by participating in the film festival, for personal interests or future careers. The author believes that the problem of the SIFF is to give students’ volunteers too much professional work, such as on-site translation, subtitle translation and so on. For example, in the Melbourne International Film Festival, the work of student volunteers is to scan tickets and solve non-professional but demanding jobs such as customer needs. SIFF does not provide a job to student volunteers at check tickets and customer service.


( image: Interview with the UK: The harvest of the internship at the film festival.  Retrieved from: https://www.bbc.com/ukchina/simp/uk_education/study_iv/2015/03/150317_study_uk_iv_zhouyining)

However, it does not mean that student volunteers cannot have professional positions. The author once touched an interview report. The interviewee was a Chinese student studying in the UK and the leader of the volunteer media group at the 2014 International Chinese Film Festival in London. Although a student, she has professional media industry knowledge and internship experience. When asked about the main work content, the student responded in an orderly manner. The primary responsibility of the media group was to communicate with the media in the early stage, including writing and sending news releases, publicity, and so on. On the day of the award ceremony, they were responsible for receiving the media and arranging interviews. After the event, they were responsible for the post-media contact work. It can be seen that students with professional backgrounds can be qualified for more professional jobs, but this requires the organisers of the film festival to be detailed and cautious about the requirements of the positions when recruiting volunteers and provided related training.

In any case, the altruistic spirit and selfless dedication of the volunteers touch the cinephile. Fans can enjoy the festival’s fantastic, volunteers are an indispensable part. The 21st Volunteer Convenience of the Shanghai International Film Festival in 2018 is also open to the community, and specific conditions are planned for each occupation. This also reflects the SIFF’s insistence on innovation and the establishment of a communication platform for world cinema.




Movie Classical of Mountain and the Sea. (2018). For the volunteers, the Shanghai Film Festival should be reconsidered. Ifeng. Retrieved from http://wemedia.ifeng.com/45676883/wemedia.shtml

Shanghai International Film Festival Organizing Committee. (2018). Shanghai International Film Festival Volunteer Recruitment Regulations. 2018 Shanghai international Film & TV Festival. Retrieved from http://www.siff.com/siff2017/chinese/schedule/notice/2018-03-22/2285.html

Zichuan. (2015). Interview with the UK: The harvest of the internship at the film festival. BBC British Network. Retrieved from https://www.bbc.com/ukchina/simp/uk_education/study_iv/2015/03/150317_study_uk_iv_zhouyining


Author: Songhua Liu

Foreign Culture Film Festival from the Italian Film Festival


Unlike other film festivals, this Italian film festival was a brochure that I accidentally got from a theatre. Read it carefully and discover what makes this film festival different. The venues of many film festivals are fixed. For example, the Melbourne International Film Festival, the theatre has taken over the festival for a period. However, the Italian Film Festival is divided into several theatres. The opening ceremony of Melbourne is an example, which will be released in five different theatres. Just when I thought it was a start-up film festival, the official website of the festival told me that the festival had lasted for more than a decade and was the most significant Italian film public celebration outside of Italy.



(image:opening night theatres in Melbourne. From https://www.italianfilmfestival.com.au/events/melbourne)

In addition, the Italian Film Festival is not only held in Melbourne but is toured throughout Australia, including seven major cities. How to conduct a non-national culture film festival, the Italian Film Festival is probably a good model. In 2000, Antonio Zeccola realised that there were no film festivals about Italy in various film festivals in Australia. So, with the first Italian Film Festival, it also brought Italian wild enthusiasm to the eyes of Australian cineaste. As a result, the second and third sessions are on schedule under the expectation of the public, and they have developed into a good relationship with many local Australian companies. Among them, LAVAZZA has been the primary sponsor for 15 consecutive years. This year’s film festival still adheres to the historical theme, combining the love of Italian culture with the passion of the film, and adding elements such as Italian cuisine, wine and music, is an excellent celebration for lovers of Italian culture. As the festival director, Elysia Zeccola answers the question What do you think works so well about it? “I think the festival works so well because it’s a great combination of Italian glamour, some of the star-studded comedies spring to mind; mixed with Italian skill, I’m just wow-ed when I see films like ‘Dogman’ and ‘Happy As Lazarro’; and on top we create an Italian experience in the cinemas through different initiatives which turn the locations into a celebration of Italian culture throughout the festival” (Zeccola, 2018).


(image: retrieved from https://scenestr.com.au/movies/lavazza-italian-film-festival-q-a-with-festival-director-20180907)

The film is an all-encompassing art and one of the best displays of culture. In the process of enjoying the movie, the public will naturally come into contact with the music, language and cultural characteristics. Elysia Zeccola also said that film is one of the most attractive and accessible options. Foreign film festivals open a window for local culture, and the audience thinks about the problem from another angle. The time spent with foreign movies is like a few hours of overseas trips. The audience participates in the story of the protagonist and feels the joys and sorrows together. This is the beauty of the film.



Writers, S. (2018). Lavazza Italian Film Festival: Q&A With Festival Director. scenestr. Retrieved from https://scenestr.com.au/movies/lavazza-italian-film-festival-q-a-with-festival-director-20180907

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ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL. (2018). Melbourne Special Events. PALACE Presents. Retrieved from https://www.italianfilmfestival.com.au/events/melbourne




Author: Songhua Liu — 28643518




The Follower of Social Problem—Indian Film Festival of Melbourne

Yesterday (August 22, 2018), the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) officially came to an end. In recent years, India has gradually broken through the stereotypes of Bollywood, and many excellent works have entered the sights of fans. For example, Dangal in 2016, Toilet-Ek Prem Katha in 2017 and Padman in this year reflect the women’s problems in India’s current society from different angles. This is a new time since the Three Idiots (2009), Indian movies have once again attracted the attention of cineaste around the world. In addition, Indian films have long seemed to give the impression of Bollywood for dances. Although the beautiful costumes and the form of singing and dancing make the film fascinating, it is easy for the viewers to feel tired. Compared to the enthusiasm but superficial of Bollywood movies, recent Indian films have produced a large number of works that focus on social contradictions.

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The 2018 IFFM is supported by Victoria State, and the film festival sets the different units from traditional Bollywood to avant-garde independent films. It also includes different theme units such as Bollywood dance competitions and movies for children, which are all inclusive in India’s unique style. As Mitu Bhowmick Lange, the program director of IFFM, said, the theme of this festival is “inclusion, so whether it’s about gender, sexuality, race, being differently able, or just being an outsider”. This theme is evident in the opening, closing and premiere films. The opening film, called Love Sonia, tells the story of the girl, Sonia, being involved in the vicious global sex trade network. The closing film Sir, through the stories of the two protagonists of different economic and social backgrounds, reveals the complexity of the traditional Indian caste/class system in modern society. Silent movie White is the first batch of winners in the competition unit, telling the story of the heroine’s surviving under the threat of rape through three stories. Problems, such as network sex transactions, caste systems, and women’s security, are some of the deep-rooted in Indian society, and some are new types of crimes that come with globalisation. It can be seen that the Indian film does not just follow a hot spot, but concentrated on reflecting the real problem.

P22Image: www.facebook.com/IndianFilmFestivalOfMelbourne

As the seventh art, the film, like music, has a more intimate distance with the public. In addition to the development of the network, the film is also a tycoon in the entertainment industry, and a variety of film festivals are also growing. Fortunately, the promoters of the film festival and the directors who make the film mostly have the qualities and beliefs of contemporary artists. Each film festival has a unique theme and audiences, all taking risks in a specific area of the film. These film festivals will not accelerate the pace under the fast-food culture of the Internet. However, they spread the idea of communicator innovation and discussion of profound issues. Just like the IFFM of this year, it is a good example, which the film festival still develops into a good part of the film culture.


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Lange, M. B. (2018). Message from IFFM Festival Director.  FILM VICTORIA AUSTRALIA. Retrieved from http://www.iffm.com.au/message-director.html

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See Another Side of Australia


“See another Side of Film” is a slogan for this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival(MIFF). The Melbourne International Film Festival began in 1952 and is one of the oldest film festivals in the world. It is held in the CBD of Melbourne every winter and is an excellent event for the people of Melbourne and Australia. What is most valuable is that the festival has been dedicated to promoting the development of local Australian films and is the exchange and interaction between the Australian film industry and the world. This year, MIFF also launched 22 local Australian films, nine of which are world premieres, including the documentary about Kimberley: UNDERMINED: TALES FROM THE KIMBERLEY.



Located in Western Australia, Kimberley covers the entire southwest corner of Australia and is considered one of the last wilds of the world. Less than 40,000 people have more than 200 communities and the highest proportion of Australian aborigines. The Australian government has high hopes for the minerals and rural areas here, hoping to contribute to Australia’s economic development. However, this documentary tells the question about the homeland, about culture, and the occupants. The famous director Nicholas Wrathall directs the film, and through the interviews with traditional heirs and landowners, the issue of the real cost of Kimberley is raised. The economic development and the demise of culture, the traditional perception and the modern consciousness, these factors blend in this wilderness, where should the government and residents choose?



The film is supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund with themed tags: Environmental, Activism, Conversation Starters, Indigenous, Law, Political, and Social Justice. The film’s interviewer, Albert Wiggan, performed a musical performance at the premiere, giving the audience a more intuitive exposure to Kimberley’s culture. At the same time, the film festival organisation also arranged on-site Q&A sessions for directors and producers and audiences. This is probably one of the most critical aspects of the festival: not just movies, not just the entertainment industry, but the deeper cultural and social issues. In the film classification, there is no doubt that the documentary is a niche industry, with the least entertaining, but often both serious and profound. However, the documentary is indeed one of the most realistic cultural products that reflect the status quo and problems of the society. It has both images and sounds. It is the audience’s more intuitive and concrete feeling of the emotions and motives of the producers and artists. The festival provides a broader platform for documentaries, and the documentary also reinforces the cultural capital of the festival.

Back to the slogan of this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival, what is the other side of the film? Probably the next stage of cultural industry development, artistic interpretation of society. These films portray the understanding of the artist,and stimulate the passion of cineaste and the public. Therefore, when the film explores the unknown side of the society or raises the problem of non-surface, it also shows the other side of the country and triggers the audience’s thinking. This will not be a bad thing.




MIFF. (2018). UNDERMINED: TALES FROM THE KIMBERLEY. Retrieved from http://miff.com.au/program/film/undermined-tales-from-the-kimberley

City of Melbourne. (2018).  Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). Retrieved from https://whatson.melbourne.vic.gov.au/Whatson/Films/FilmFestivals/Pages/d85bb10a-bb90-499b-89f5-a1f74ff36d4d.aspx

Tourism Australia. (2018). Guide to the Kimberley. Retrieved from https://www.australia.com/en/places/broome-and-surrounds/guide-to-the-kimberley.html