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Shanghai Film Festival Unveils Jury and Diverse Competition Lineup 2021

Unlike in most recent years, there appears to be no participation from pedigreed Hollywood talent planned for this year's Shanghai festival.

The Shanghai International Film Festival, China’s longest-running major cinema event, is set to return with a sizable in-person edition in June.

The festival, which shifted to a curtailed online offering last year amid the pandemic, unveiled both its 2021 international competition jury and full selection this week.

The jury will be led by Chinese producer Huang Jianxi as president, with the rest of the panel made up by Singaporean filmmaker Anthony Chen, Chinese actor-director Deng Chao, Chinese actor Song Jia, former Venice festival chief Marco Mueller and China-based French producer Natacha Devillers. Unlike in most years, there are no established Hollywood names among the jury.

The Shanghai festival will run June 11-June 20, with its Golden Goblet awards ceremony held in person in Shanghai on June 19. The festival’s usual market activities will take a hybrid online/offline format this year, with details to be shared at a later date, organizers said. It’s also still unclear whether a limited number of international guests will be able to enter China to attend the festival, or if it will be a solely domestic Chinese affair.

The festival’s selection so far includes few well-known marquee names, but a rather diverse mix of emerging talent from throughout the world.

Here is a look at the lineup.

Main Competition


Iwona Siekierzynska (Poland)

Barbarian Invasion

Tan Chui Mui (Malaysia)

The Chanting Willows

Dai Wei (China)

The Conscience

Alexey Viktorovich Kozlov (Russia)

The Contrary Route

Abolfazl Jalili (Iran)

The Father Who Moves Mountains

Daniel Sandu (Romania)

Future Is A Lonely Place

Martin Hawie/Laura Harwarth (Germany)

The Grace Ends

Wu Di (China)

Manchurian Tiger

Geng Jun (China)


Mano Khalil (Switzerland)

Pure White

Necip Caghan Ozdemir (Turkey)

Since August

Diana Zuros (U.S.)

To Feel

Vitaliy Saltykov (Russia)


Even Mice Belong In Heaven

Denisa Grimmova/Jan Bubenicek (Czech Republic/France/Poland)

Gulliver Returns

Ilya Maksimov (Ukraine)

New Happy Dad And Son: Perfect Dad

He Cheng/Liu Kexin (China)

Realm Of Terracotta

Lin Yongchang (China)


Celia Catunda/Kiko Mistrorigo (Brazil)


All In

Zhou Hao (China)

Fort Apache

Ilaria Galanti/Simone Spampinato (Italy)


Ensar Altay (Turkey)

Mayor, Shepherd, Widow, Dragon

Eliza Petkova (Germany)


Santiago Mohar Volkow/Nicolas Gutierrez Wenhammar (Mexico)