The Shanghai International Film Festival was initiated in 1993, with the purpose of promoting mutual understanding and ties among countries and regions worldwide, enhancing the film art and boosting the development of film industry. It is held once every two years.
Approved by the State Council of the People's Republic of China, the Festival is a non-specialized competitive film festival accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations. The festival has its own special organizing committee, which is in charge of the preparation and organizing work.
The festival comprises four major activities, namely the appraisal of the Golden Goblet Award, the international film exhibition, international trade fair of films and TV programs, and the international film academic seminar. The festival originally established four Golden Goblet Awards and one Jury Special Award, and added a Hennessy Cup Best Innovation Film Award from the second festival on.