A major celebration of Irish film in China will take place at the Shanghai International Film Festival and Beijing International Movie Festival this month, supported by Culture Ireland and presented in association with IFI Reel Ireland and the Irish Film Board. The season of Irish work at the Shanghai International Film Festival will form part of an extensive Irish cultural programme, which is taking place at EXPO 2010 Shanghai that runs from May until October, 2010.
A special programme of Irish contemporary and retrospective feature films including Five Minutes of Heaven, Once, The Secret of Kells, Michael Collins and My Left Foot along with a host of live action and animated shorts has been selected to screen at both festivals to spotlight Irish film and filmmaking talent.
Two Irish films, Neil Jordan’s Ondine and John Carney’s Zonad, have been nominated at the SIFF for the prestigious Golden Goblet along with 14 other international films.
The Beijing International Movie Festival takes place from 7–30 June, while the 13th Shanghai International Film Festival which takes place from 12–20 June and is set to attract over 300,000 cinemagoers.