Shanghai TV Festival: 5 days of public screenings at 18 venues
Public screenings of outstanding TV productions were launched on Monday at the China Art Museum, as an important program of the ongoing 28th Shanghai TV Festival.
The screenings will last for five days from June 19 to 23 at 18 cultural venues across Shanghai, turning the TV festival into a carnival for the people.
More than 30 outstanding entries in various sections of the Magnolia Award will be showcased to the public.
Xiao Yeying, deputy director of the Shanghai Bureau of Culture and Tourism, said that the public TV screening events had always adhered to the principles of professionalism, internationalization, and benefiting the people.
On Monday, the documentary "A Long Cherished Dream" directed by two-time Oscar winner Malcolm Clarke was screened.
The documentary revolves around the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China and records how ordinary Chinese people pursued their dreams.
Director Clarke is a former jury president of the documentary film awards at the 18th Shanghai International Film Festival in 2015.
"The times have changed, and the way stories are told has also begun to change," Clarke assessed the current state of visual media in his response to a question about his feelings about participating in the Shanghai TV Festival with his documentary.
"We have noticed the emergence of platforms such as YouTube and TikTok. People, especially young people, are no longer willing to spend more than 90 minutes watching long films," he said. "The older generation of film and TV professionals like me also need to learn to change and learn new ways of telling stories."
In discussing "A Long Cherished Dream," Clarke admitted that documentaries were more difficult to shoot than feature films, but gave him a greater feeling of satisfaction and reasons to persist with the genre.