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International film festival opens in Shanghai

SHANGHAI (Xinhua) – The 25th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) opened in eastern Chinese metropolis of Shanghai on Friday, with 53 works shortlisted for this year’s Golden Goblet Awards.

Nearly 450 films from home and abroad will be screened in 41 cinemas across Shanghai during the nine-day event, with 53 world premieres, 41 international premieres, 80 Asian premieres and 76 Chinese premieres, according to the organisers.

The 25th SIFF’s Golden Goblet Awards have five competition sections: feature-length films, new Asian talent, documentaries, animated films and short films.

A series of events, including a Belt and Road film week, will be held during the film festival.

Founded in 1993, SIFF is a competitive global event driven by Shanghai’s efforts to become an international cultural hub. It has been attracting increasing international attention thanks to China’s booming movie market.

China’s 2023 box office hit the CNY20 billion (about USD2.8 billion) milestone in early May, earlier than last year, according to film data platforms Maoyan and Beacon.

Actress Shu Qi (L) and actor Shen Teng introduce the opening film of the 25th Shanghai International Film Festival in east China’s Shanghai on Friday. PHOTO: XINHUA
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