Opinion | UK Films at Shanghai International Film Festival 2019 and Cultural Diplomacy

The Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) will take place between the 15th and 24th of June. This year’s programme includes over 500 films from 53 countries, with more than 1,000 screenings across the city. The UK’s engagement with SIFF can be traced back to as early as 1997 when Phil Agland’s The Woodlanders won both the Best Feature Film and the Best Director Award. This story, which is still the greatest achievement to date for the UK film industry at a Chinese film festival, remains unknown to many. More recently, UK productions that made a similar breakthrough was at the 2017 edition of SIFF, when Loving Vincent won the Best Animation Feature Film Award. Since the 1990s, in every edition of the Shanghai festival, a good number of UK films has always been present in the official screening programme. It is fair to say, that such visibility demonstrates the UK film industry’s international recognition that is beyond the US and the EU. But there is also a hidden dilemma, what is such recognition? (…)

This article was first published by Asia Dialogue on 17 June 2019. View the original full article here. Hiu Man Chan is a researcher specialising in creative industries collaboration between the UK and China.