Shanghai International Film Festival starts today! Pride5 Week tomorrow! Then there’s even the Pride5 Film Festival on Sunday! Excessive overlap be damned. There’s a lot going on this weekend, but we’re determined to make the most out of all three festivals in all their inaugural glory.
Start off your weekend with a perusal of the art on show at Pride5’s Art Exhibition Opening entitled, “Individuality with the Collective Mind”. It will be showcasing works by MS.King’s, ‘flowers blossoming as life blooms’ Yang Yiliang’s, ‘using simple lines to create a love story’ and Jaire Remy’s, ‘inner desires of the mind’. After the artists’ sharing session and silent auction, top the night off with the Simian Mobile Disco DJ set at Arkham.
Pride5’s official inaugural event will be a 5 kilometer slog from Xujiahui Park all the way to Fuxing Park followed by the annual Pink Picnic at the finish line. Weather permitting [THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO SUNDAY], TICT’s all-day beach party will be on the Bund Beach where they will slather body paint and ice-cream on everyone everywhere. Later on in the evening, give your time and money to support some decent local bands at the charity concert, ‘Rock Naadam’ before topping the night by rocking your rainbow coloured socks off at Pride5’s opening party at Zeal.
Prepare for more culture than you can shake your randy sticks at. The first Pride5 panel discussion will have speakers from Goldman Sachs, IBM, Bayer, NGO’s and will talk about workplace diversity and acceptance. ‘This Love’, a film about a marriage of convenience will be showcased at Shanghai Rose. For all those interested in scriptwriting and the Chinese film industry, Variety’s Asia Chief Critic, Maggie Lee and Asia Correspondent, Clifford Coonan will be discussing the creativity gap between Hollywood conventions and what Chinese audiences what to see.