Chinese actress Gong Li will serve as jury president for this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF), which will take place June 14-22.
Gong will head the jury that selects the Golden Goblet Award winners from films in the competition line-up. She will be the first woman to head the jury that in recent years has been presided over by filmmakers such as Tom Hooper, Luc Besson, Danny Boyle and Barry Levinson.
“By promoting the cultural industry of filmmaking, the Shanghai International Film Festival has played an increasingly important role in showcasing Chinese culture,” said Gong Li.
“I feel incredibly honoured to be able to serve as president of the jury for the Golden Goblet Award and work alongside top filmmakers from around the world to discover outstanding new works that have deep human resonance.”
Gong Li stars in Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home, which will screen in an Out Of Competition slot at the upcoming Cannes film festival.