Shanghai PRIDE Film Festival Opens with attendance by Cheng Pei Pei
When: June 14th 2015
Where: The Pearl, Shanghai
What: ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival (ShPFF) 2015
Last week ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival (ShPFF) successfully launched its Opening Night at The Pearl, one of the city’s most historical theaters, featuring the very first public screening of Lilting (Hong Khaou, 2014) in China. The evenings highlight was the attendance by actress Cheng Pei Pei , who present the Best Film Award to the winner of our short film competition. Cheng Pei Pei is one of Asian cinema's martial arts legends and Hong Kong's first action heroin, who starred recently in this new movie Lilting, alongside Ben Whishaw.
The opening night started with a warm-up by showing this year’s award winning short film, A Straight Journey: Days and Nights in Their Kingdom. ShPFF is absolutely thrilled to present some of the strongest voices of emerging Chinese filmmakers of queer cinema through its screening of various short films during the festival.
The evening then continued into the screening of the opening film, Lilting. Lilting sets the tone for a program of 31 films from China and around the world, screening over the next 10 days of the festival at venues around Shanghai. All screenings are free and open to all.
About ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival 2015:
ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival is a new platform for the exhibition of Chinese queer cinema and the development of emerging filmmakers. In a city which attracts so much international talent, we aim to fill a niche for queer and underground film creatives who perhaps otherwise have limited opportunity to exhibit and develop their work in a wider context.
A list of this year’s awarding winning films chosen by an eclectic panel of industry professionals can be found below:
Best Film Award: A Straight Journey: Days and Nights in their Kingdom
Best Cinematography Award: Clay of Indigo
Best Screenplay Award: X-Love
Best Sound & Music Award: Clay of Indigo Queer
Vision Award: A Straight Journey: Days and Nights in Their Kingdom.
As a part of ShanghaiPRIDE, ShPFF will continue until June 21st, featuring a number of film screening, talks, and workshops. More information are available on their website here