Programming China at the Hong Kong International Film Festival and the Shanghai International Film Festival

Part of the Framing Film Festivals book series (FFF)


This chapter focuses on two major international film festivals—Hong Kong (established in 1977) and Shanghai (established in 1993)—and compares their programming of Chinese-language cinema to see how both festivals maneuver to engage with the national in its “multiple, proliferating, contested, and overlapping” manifestations. The study of “programming China” looks at each festival’s fraught attempts and experiments at leveraging its China connection from three interrelated perspectives, namely Chinese film culture; China, the party-state; and the Chinese film industry. By interrogating festival programming, this chapter also draws attention to how each festival translates, modifies, and strategizes certain trend-setting frameworks and norms for film selection and scheduling of the global festival network in order to enhance its competitive edge regionally and globally.


Special Administrative Region Film Industry Film Festival Independent Film Chinese Film 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ran Ma
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  1. 1.Nagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan

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