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Vincent Ward Shanghai-ed for New Talent Jury

Vincent Ward is name one of five jurors for the Shanghai International Film Festival’s Asia New Talent Award (ANTA). The jury is led by Korean writer and director Jekyu KANG, who served on the jury back in 2005.

Kang has twice broken the Korean box office record, first with Shiri and later with Tae GukGi.

Ward’s fellow jurors will be Taiwanese actress and producer Lieh Lee (Monga, Jump Ashin!, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? and The Rice Bomber), Chinese actress Bingyan Yan (Best Actress Golden Rooster winner for Teeth of Love) and prolific Filipino director Adolfo Alix Jr (Porno, Death March, Haruo, Romeo at Juliet, Manila, Donsol).

They’ll judge the nine-title New Talent Award lineup, which includes two titles apiece from China, Iran and Japan, single selections from Indai and Korea along with a joint Hong Kong-Thailand production.

Although the festival programme is not yet released, SIFF claims 1,099 titles were submitted for the competition and 1,808 for out-of-competition slots. Organisers propose to show 900.

The festival jury for the main competition, the Golden Goblet Award, will be led by the previously-announced Chinese actress Gong Li. She is the only non-director on the jury, and will be joined by Korea’s IM Sangsoo, Japan’s Shunji IWAI, China’s LIU Jie, Iran’s Payman MAADI, the UK’s Sally Potter and Denmark’s Lone Scherfig.

The complete Golden Goblet line-up is not yet announced, but titles revealed so far include Australians Michael and Peter Spierig’s Predestination.

Away from the big screens, SIFF has announced a number of changes this year to its industry-focused events.

SIFF and the Shanghai TV Festival (STVF) will merge and operate their market as one, which has already sold out its exhibition space.

The SIFF Project received 253 submissions, with 28 shortlisted. The China Film Pitch & Catch section of SIFF Project, which has seen NZ participation in recent years, will be renamed as the New Talent Project.

The conference programme SIFF Forum will offer a dozen topics of discussion, none of which will surprise anybody – which isn’t to say they won’t be interesting.

Jurors Shunji Iwai and Kang Jekyu will do double duty mentoring young directors, alongside Anthony Chen (Ilo Ilo

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