Shanghai Film Week 2018 in New York City


“We are honored to partner with Shanghai Film Group, the Shanghai Film Art Academy, and leaders from the industry and government of Shanghai in celebrating this great city, which was the birthplace of Chinese cinema” said NYFA President Michael J. Young.


As a part of the 2018 Chinese New Year celebrations, January 9, 2018 will see two festival events co-organized by the New York Film Academy at the Museum of Jewish Heritage: Chinese Cultural Performances and Shanghai Film Week.

The Chinese film industry began in Shanghai, and is already the second largest film market in the world. Projected to become the world’s largest film market, China saw its 2017 top-10 box office performers include six Hollywood blockbusters — highlighting what ScreenDaily calls, the “mutually dependent” relationship between the Chinese and American film markets.

Events will include:

Chinese Cultural Performances
January 9, 2018 at 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Safra Hall Theater, Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Shanghai Film Week Industry Panel & Film Screening: “Amazing”
January 9, 2018 at 1:30-6:00 p.m.
Safra Hall Theater, Museum of Jewish Heritage

Shanghai Film Week
January 10-12, 2018
New York Film Academy Theatre

The City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MoME) with kick-off the January 9 events with opening remarks and introduction to the Chinese Cultural Performances, which will include presentations from the Shanghai Film Art Academy, Shanghai Theatre Academy, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and East China Normal University. Performances will range from folk dance to martial arts and more.

Shanghai Film Week will include an Industry Panel on the future of internationally collaborative cinema as well as screenings of seven Chinese films, moderated by New York Film Academy President Michael Young.

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Film critic for the Christian Science Monitor and NYFA Instructor Peter Rainer
  • NYFA Chair of the Broadcast Journalism Bill Einreinhofer
  • NYU’s Tisch Undergraduate Film & Television Associate Professor and award winning textbook author David Irving
  • Film Director Sherwood Hu (胡雪桦)(“Amazing”)
  • Vice President of the Shanghai Film Group Corporation Xiaojun Wang (王小军)

Following the Industry Panel is a screening of Shanghai Film Week panelist and acclaimed film director Sherwood Hu’s film “Amazing,” a sci-fi thriller featuring NBA superstars Scottie Pippen, Mel Chude, Dwight Howard, and Carmelo Anthony.

Following the opening day events at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Shanghai Film Week will continue with well-received Chinese films at the New York Film Academy’s Battery Park campus.

“We are honored to partner with Shanghai Film Group, the Shanghai Film Art Academy, and leaders from the industry and government of Shanghai in celebrating this great city, which was the birthplace of Chinese cinema,” said NYFA President Michael J. Young. “As the Chinese New Year approaches, Shanghai Film Week provides an opportunity to celebrate not only the roots of the film industry in China, but also the future of international collaboration between East and West.”

The New York Film Academy would like to thank its partners in organizing the Shanghai Film Week. Partners include the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio, Film & TV, Foreign Affairs Office of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, Information Office of Shanghai Municipality, and Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York.

You can RSVP for Chinese Cultural Performances and the Industry Panel Discussion & “Amazing” screening through Eventbrite.

For press inquiries contact NYFA Director of Marketing Helen Kantilaftis: helen.kanti(at)

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