THE 21ST SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL JURY FOR ASIAN NEW TALENT AWARD
Young filmmakers are an important support for the flourishing development of the film industry, for their works are always characterized by distinctive style, diversified vitality and rich expression. As time walks along its own course, new generations of filmmakers and their works shape the future of the cinema they represent.
Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) adheres to the motif of “Focusing on Asia, Promoting Chinese Films, Supporting New Talents”. Since the launch of the Asian New Talent Award in its 7th edition, SIFF has been dedicated to discovering and supporting the new force in Asian films, and introducing outstanding film talents in Asia to the world. In the past 14 years, a large number of rising Asian filmmakers have received inspiration, encouragement and confidence on the stage of the Asian New Talent Award. More and more young filmmakers, starting with the Asian New Talent Award, have become the backbone of the film development in their own countries, meanwhile gradually marching towards the international arena.
Today, the Organizing Committee of the 21st Shanghai International Film Festival has announced the International Jury of the Asian New Talent Award. The film producer from Hong Kong, China, Nansun SHI will chair the Jury, which also includes Raya MARTIN (Director, the Philippines), SONG Jia (Actress, China), Midi Z (Director, Burma), and ZENG Jian (Cinematographer, China) as juries. This year, the six winners of the widely noted Asian New Talent Award will be selected by them.
As a senior film producer and distributor who has been engaged in the industry for nearly 40 years, Nansun SHI once assisted or participated in the productions by many celebrated directors such as Tsui HARK, John WOO, and Andrew LAU, and promoted and witnessed the inception of a series of Chinese classics including A CHINESE GHOST STORY, A BETTER TOMORROW and ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA. Raya MARTIN was the director of INDEPENDENCIA, a nominee for the Un Certain Regard Award at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival film. SONG Jia’s movie THE CONFORMIST entered the competition for Golden Goblet Awards at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival. Midi Z took over the Best Film Award of International Film Critics Week at the 73rd Venice Film Festival for his production THE ROAD TO MANDALAY. ZENG Jian participated in the shooting and editing of SPRING FEVER and BLIND MASSAGE, with which he won the Silver Bear Award and Golden Horse Award. In June, the five established filmmakers from different countries will gather in Shanghai for the award selection.
The online submission of the Asian New Talent Award has now come to an end, and the final winners of the six awards will be announced at the awarding ceremony on the evening of June 22.
Jury for Asian New Talent Award, 21st Shanghai International Film Festival
President: Nansun SHI (Producer, Hong Kong, China)
Nansun SHI（Photo by Zhang jingming）
Nansun SHI has produced a number of box office hits including FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE, INFERNAL AFFAIRS, THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN and JOURNEY TO THE WEST: THE DEMONS STRIKE BACK. She was also invited to serve as the juror of the 57th Berlin International Film Festival, the 64th Cannes International Film Festival, and the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival.
In 2013, she was granted the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. In the following two years, Nansun SHI successively grasped the Best Independent Producer Award at 67th Locarno Film Festival, the Golden Mulberry Life Achievement Award from the 17th Udine Far East Film Festival and the Marie Claire Asia Star Awards’ Special Achievement Award from the 20th Busan International Film Festival. 2017 saw her honored with the Berlinale Camera Award at 67th Berlin International Film Festival.
Jury: Raya MARTIN (Director, the Philippines)
In 2009, Raya MARTIN's film INDEPENDENCIA was nominated for the Un Certain Regard Award at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. He is the first Philippine film producer admitted by the Cinéfondation, with works shown at renowned film festivals including the Cannes Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Locarno Film Festival, and the New York Film Festival. Recently, his first commercial film, SMALLER AND SMALLER CIRCLES, was released in the Philippines.
Jury: SONG Jia (Actress, China)
In 2006, SONG Jia’s starring in the film CURIOSITY KILLS THE CAT earned her recognition in the film circle, as well as a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 26th Golden Rooster Awards. In 2013, for FALLING FLOWERS, she won the Best Actress at the 29th Golden Rooster Awards and the Golden Angel Award of Best Actress at the Chinese American Film Festival. In 2016, she was honored Best Actress of 7th China Film Director's Guild Awards, Gold Aries Award of Best Actress at the 1st Macau International Film Festival and Best Actress at the 23rd Beijing Student Film Festival (nomination). In 2017, the film THE CONFORMIST starring SONG Jia entered the competition for Golden Goblet Awards at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival.
Jury: Midi Z (Director, Burma)
Early in college, Midi Z’s graduation work PALOMA BLANCA was selected by a number of film festivals in Busan, Gothenburg and other regions. His feature films include RETURN TO BURMA and ICE POISON. For ICE POISON and THE ROAD TO MANDALAY, he was nominated for Best Director of Golden Horse Award for two times, and was titled Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year at the 53rd Golden Horse Film Festival. In addition, his documentary CITY OF JADE was selected as an opening film for the 66th Berlin International Film Festival's Forum section and honored Jurors’ Film at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. THE ROAD TO MANDALAY won the Best Film of International Film Critics Week at the 73rd Venice Film Festival.
Jury: ZENG Jian (Cinematographer, China)
In 2009, ZENG Jian's work SPRING FEVER won the Best Film Editing at the 47th Golden Horse Film Festival; in 2012, his movie MYSTERY was nominated for the same award at the 49th Golden Horse Film Festival. With BLIND MASSAGE, he won the Silver Bear Award of Outstanding Artistic Contribution at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival in 2014; and the Best Cinematographer at the 9th Asian Film Awards in 2015. And 2017 saw him honored Best Cinematography of Golden Rooster Award for the movie PHURBU & TENZIN.