October 19, 2011

Jin Guanjun (金冠军), 1948-2011

Jin Guanjun (1948-2011), Executive Dean of School of Film-TV, Shanghai University

Jin Guanjun departed this world in the late hours of Monday October 17, 2011. He was the founding Executive Dean of the School of Film-TV of Shanghai University, China. Under his dynamic and groundbreaking leadership, Shanghai University’s School of Film-TV has evolved from a scratch program to one of China’s top-notch professional schools in film, TV, and communication studies, with both PhD and Master’s programs in Film Studies, Communication Studies, and Art History. Besides his own research, which is demonstrated in a number of published/edited books and articles, Dean Jin is mostly remembered as a skilled, passionate, and farsighted administrator. His ability in attracting and uniting a diverse group of scholars and talents in their pursuit of scholarly endeavors was unmatchable. His tireless working style, dedication, and charisma were the major reasons for some of the most promising film and communication scholars in China to willingly gather together under his leadership.

Dean Jin’s influence was beyond border. Anne Misawa, associate professor and director of University of Hawaii’s SMART Exchange Program, a joint film workshop Dean Jin helped to establish between UH and Shanghai University, wrote in her message to the Shanghai University community: “We are deeply moved after hearing the news of Dean Jin’s passing. We want to convey our condolences to you, his family, and the Shanghai University community. We had a simple, but heartfelt memorial for Dean Jin tonight and sent him our great appreciation for his efforts and support of all the students, and also for the SMART Exchange program. We have very good memories of Dean Jin as our dear friend and will carry them with us”.

A memorial service will be held at Shanghai’s Longhua Funereal Hall (龙华殡仪馆) on October 23 (Sunday), 2011, starting at 3pm. For further information, please call the School office at (+86-21) 56331396. All who knew and loved him are welcome.

Dean Jin is survived by his wife and loving daughter. He has already been missed by the whole scholars community in film and communication studies, his friends, and his family. He will be forever missed.


NYU Shanghai Workshop

October 8, 2011

Shanghai Palimpsest: Shadows of the Past in the 21st Century Metropolis

Sponsored by
NYU’s Institute for Shanghai Studies
October 14 – 15, 2011

Venue: Room 336, 3rd Floor
Old Physics Building
East China Normal University
No. 3663, Zhongshan Road, North, Shanghai, China

The newly launched NYU Institute for Shanghai Studies (ISS, based in Shanghai) will host a two-day interdisciplinary workshop on October 14-15, 2011, at East China Normal University in Shanghai. Its aim is to investigate, through a series of case studies as well as theoretical interventions, the role of memory, obsolescence and layering in Shanghai’s contemporaneity.

Presenters include: Andrew Field (NYU Shanghai), Duncan Hewitt (NYU Shanghai), Justin O’Connor (Queensland University of Technology), James Farrer (Sophia University, Japan), Jianhua Chen (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Shaoyi Sun (NYU Shanghai/Shanghai University), Iris Ma (UCLA), Francesca Tarocco (NYU Shanghai), and Anna Greenspan (NYU Shanghai).

Detailed program and paper titles can be downloaded here (nyu-workshop).

MIFF Call for Submission

October 4, 2011

Macau International Film Festival
International University Student Short Film Competition

Call for Submission

International University Student Short Film Competition of Macau is a relatively independent event of Macau International Film Festival, hosted by the Organizing Committee of the Festival in Macau, in December every year. It is launched with the purpose of seeking talented directors, inspiring university students’ passion and creativity of film-making, paying close attention to the high quality of the short films and developing new media.

The festival is now seeking submissions for the Student Film Competition. International University Student Short Film Competition of Macau is open to university students all over the world.

The short films must be the participants’ original work, and shall not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties. Participants must have all required permissions regarding music, sound and/or images presented in short films.

Short films for the competition is divided into four genres: feature films, documentary films, animation films and experimental films.

The maximum running time of the short films is 40 minutes, and they have to be subtitled in English and/or Chinese.

All the participants must fill out the Entry Form clearly and completely, with accurate and truthful information. Entry forms can be downloaded, printed out or photocopied from the competition website at

Deadline for registration and shipment of the compulsory material: October 30, 2011 (Material sent with the postmark of the deadline date will be accepted).

Rua de Pequim, 246 Edf. Macau Finance. 13 And (L-M) Macau
(Please specify: Macau International Student Short Film Competition)
Tel: (+853) 28402840
Fax: (+853) 28702506
Web: .