Founded in 1993, Shanghai International Film Festival is the only Chinese non-professional competition film festival recognized by International Federation of Film Producers Associations.
Relying on the rapid development of China’s film industry and the trend of globalization of the film industry, the Shanghai International Film Festival aims to build an international platform to promote the development of China’s film industry. Besides, SIFF is constantly deepening the communication and cooperation between the Chinese and foreign film industries by focusing on four main activities of awards, marketing, BBS and exhibitions.
The Shanghai International Film Festival, which is held every June, has become a grand worldwide gathering of filmmakers. With its constantly improving industry appeal and international influence. It has been praised by both the professional workers in this industry and amateurs for the presentation of the world’s diversified film culture and the development of the film industry.
On the 21st SSIFF, a Chinese movie, Ala Changso, won both the jury and the best screenplay award. Ala Changso is a Tibetan language movie. The meaning of the title is ‘please enjoy this glass of wine’. This film tells a story about a trip of a woman who suffers from an incurable disease. A Tibetan woman named Ema concealed her illness to travel to Lhasa and refused to listen to her husband’s advice getting cured. Her husband came after her at the hospital, but Ema still persisted her trip. With her health deteriorating, she never stopped this trip. Until one day he finally revealed his long-hidden secret, which is a dream about his late ex-husband.
The director of this film, named Sonthar Gyal, said, ‘Shanghai film festival is my lucky place. I am honored and surprised to be able to participate as the behalf of Chinese films in the selection of Golden Cup Award. Thank the jury very much.’ Many audiences were touched by this film. And Sonthar Gyal was quite surprised and appreciate that this Tibetan film could be accepted by so many people. The jury of SIFF held the opinion that this film is straight-out but deep-going, full of the spirit of bravery and intransigence. It described the complication of two vital parts of people’s relationship—love and hate, and explained hope and redemption.
Recent years, there have been many excellent films in the Tibetan language. Tibetan language films integrate unique Tibetan national culture and perception of life into films, such as pilgrimage, grasslands, and nomadic life. The Tibetan people own a unique understanding of reincarnation, Tibetan Buddhism and the origin and extinction of predestined relations, which is different from that of the Han nationality people. Their closeness to nature and reverence for life make the artworks always contain the power of peaceful healing and can deeply move people. Looking forward to seeing more brilliant Tibetan films in the future.