Veteran Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi on Friday received the Berlinale Camera, the Berlin festival’s honorary award given to film personalities or institutions to which it feels particularly indebted.The award was presented by festival director Dieter Kosslick, EFM director Matthijs Wouter Knol and EFM president Beki Probst at a ceremony in the Martin Gropius Bau. Media Asia executive Fred Tsui gave a speech in her honor.Shi, who has credits including “A Better Tomorrow” and “Infernal Affairs,” was a member of Berlin’s 2007 main competition jury. She returned to...
Born in Hong Kong and educated in the UK, Nansun Shi earned her recognition locally and abroad, including the title of Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government in 2013 and Premio Raimondo Rezzonico for Best Independent Producer at the 67th Locarno Film Festival in 2014. In 2015, the 17th Udine Far East Film Festival presented Shi the Golden Mulberry Life Achievement Award.
Shi worked in the television industry before setting foot in the world in cinema in the early 1980s. She founded Film Workshop Co Ltd in 1984, an independent film production company with acclaimed director and producer Tsui Hark. Film Workshop produced a number of films that became Hong Kong cinema classics.
In recent years Shi produced a number of box office hits in mainland China, including “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D” (2011), “Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon” (2013) and “The Taking of the Tiger Mountain” (2014). Between 2006 and 2012, Shi was a board director of the Bona Film Group, one of China’s largest film companies. She also served jury at many international film festivals including Berlin in 2007 and Cannes in 2011. In 2017, she received the Berlinale Camera, the Berlin festival’s honorary award given to film personalities or institutions to which it feels particularly indebted.