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Shanghai Film Fest cancelled, Shanghai Fashion Week goes online

The 25th SIFF is postponed to 2023, while the 20th SFW opts for online showcases

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Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF), which was due to run from June 10-19, was postponed to 2023 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, announced the SIFF committee this Monday.

According to its official WeChat account, all of this year’s film submissions will automatically be included in next year’s official selection. The committee also revealed that some SIFF-related events are planned for the second half of 2022. It is not yet known if there will be any film screenings at these events.

First held in 1993, the festival has grown to become one of China’s biggest film festivals, screening an average of 400 domestic and foreign productions over ten days. The festival was last cancelled in 2003 due to the SARS outbreak.

Luckily, Shanghai Fashion Week, which was scheduled to take place in late March, will be held entirely online from June 17-19 across various social media platforms, including Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok (search ID ‘SHfashionweek’).

According to Women's Wear Daily, the final lineup will be revealed on June 13 and more than 30 brands have signed up for the online showcases this year. You’ll be able to watch six-hour, daily live streams of the showcases plus behind-the-scenes content and designer interviews over the course of three days.

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