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Oliver Stone awarded at Shanghai Film Festival

  • Oliver Stone, a noted Hollywood director, has been conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Shanghai Film Festival. The award was given to him during the opening ceremony.

    This is the 16th edition of the film fest whose official name is the Shanghai International Film Festival. The 66-year-old director has helmed some memorable films such as Midnight Express, Born on the Fourth of July and Platoon.

    This is the second time he is attending the festival – he had previously come here in 1993, which was the first year of the festival as well. According to the Chinese media, Tsui Hark, a 52-year-old producer and director from Hong Kong was awarded the Chinese Film Award for Outstanding Contribution at the festival as well. This year, a total of 14 films will compete for the top honor of the event, the Golden Goblet.

    The jury panel for the 16th Shanghai Film Festival will be headed by Tom Hooper, an Oscar-winning director from the UK. Monsters University, a 3D animation film belonging to the comic genre, from the US was the first film screened at the festival. It is being marketed together by Disney and Pixar.

    This film festival is, in some ways, an acknowledgement of the fact that China represents the second biggest market for films in the world. The festival is sponsored by the national government and is also the best of its kind in the country.