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 U.K., Shi founded Film Workshop in 1984 with ex-husband and acclaimed director Tsui Hark. Highly regarded in the global cinema world, she has served on the jury at festivals including Berlin, Cannes and Busan and in 2015 received the French government’s prestigious Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for her cultural contributions. Shi produced such mainland Chinese box-office hits as “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D” and “The Taking of the Tiger Mountain.” Her “Detective Dee” franchise for Huayi Bros. delivered its fourth installment in 2018 and earned $90 million. Shi was a board director of China’s Bona Film Group at the time of its IPO, and for several years she and Jeffrey Chan headed sales agency Distribution Workshop, of which Bona took majority control.