Shanghai is the birthplace of Chinese film. Being the most early-opened and
the most prosperous industrial and commercial city in China, Shanghai has
provided tremendous convenience for the development of films. In 1896, the first
show of “Western motion pictures” in China took place in Shanghai; in 1913, the
first short Chinese feature film was accomplished in Shanghai; and in 1921, the
first full-length Chinese feature film was born in Shanghai. Since then, film
began to develop rapidly in Shanghai, and the realistic tradition and the ethos
of Chinese film were gradually shaped.
In a brief decade after the establishment of New China, Shanghai Film
Studio, Shanghai Documentary Film Studio, Shanghai Animation Film Studio and
Shanghai Dubbing Studio were established in succession. Shanghai film entered
its first fruitful period. Talented film artists from all over the country
gathered in Shanghai; excellent films emerged one after another, producing a
profound and wide influence. Shanghai became an important base of Chinese film
and “held up half the sky”, as the Chinese idiom says.
Since 1980s, influenced by the market economy, Shanghai film has begun to
undergo the process of grouping and industrialization. After times of
organizational adjustment and integrating the preponderant multiple resources of
film development, production, distribution and so on in recent years, Shanghai
Film Group Corporation has been inaugurated and commenced its formal operation.
It is now striving for the goal of a modern enterprise group with mixed
ownerships. We are confident that in the near future, film will be a landmark in
Shanghai’s cultural industries, and Shanghai will become an important production
base for Chinese films from home and abroad.
Opening-up promotes innovation; and cooperation promotes development. We
warmly welcome colleagues from home and abroad to come for communication and
discussion. And we sincerely hope to join hands and cooperate with friends from
all over the world to make a contribution for China films.