24 January 2010 (Hong Kong) – The 34th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) has received a record number of film submissions with an increase of 120% in film submissions over the last year.
A total of 804 film projects were submitted online from 69 countries representing more than double the number of submissions from the previous year at 365 from 50 countries. Increased submissions were seen primarily from North and South America, Europe and Australia. Among the 804 film projects submitted, 602 of them were feature films.
With the introduction of the inaugural Short Film Competition for the 34th HKIFF in September 2009, submissions for short films grew by 242% from 59 to 202. The HKIFF Short Film Competition will provide a significant opportunity for students and short film makers from around the world to participate in the official shorts section of the festival.
“With the record number of submissions, we are honored and proud that the international film community recognises the importance of the HKIFF and sees the value of the Festival as an exciting platform to discover and launch global films and filmmakers to Asia.” said Shaw Soo Wei, Executive Director of the HKIFF Society.
“Among the submitted films are some of the most innovative works we have seen in years, “ said Li Cheuk To, Artistic Director, HKIFF Society, “With such diversity and richness in the submissions, we will continue to multiply the vast opportunities for these dynamic films to reach a global audience.”
The 34th HKIFF will run from 21 March to 6 April, 2010. Over 250 films from more than 50 countries will be seen over 11 major cultural venues in Hong Kong. Ticket sales for the 34th HKIFF will be open for Citibank Priority Booking on 25 February 2010, and for the general public on 28 February 2010.
The HKIFF is one of Asia’s most reputable platforms for filmmakers, film professionals and filmgoers from all over the world to launch new works and experience outstanding films.
Screening over 250 titles from more than 50 countries in 11 major cultural venues across the territory, the Festival is Hong Kong’s largest cultural event. It reaches an audience of over 580,000 including 4,500 business executives who
attend Hong Kong Film and Television Market (FILMART), which is held
concurrently with the HKIFF. The 34th HKIFF will be held from 21 March to 6 April 2010.
Committed to discovering new talent, the Festival premieres the breadth of Chinese cinema and showcases Asian talent. As a lifestyle event, festival-goers can enjoy world-class films, attend seminars hosted by leading filmmakers from around the world, visit film exhibitions, join celebration parties, and more. For more information, please visit www.hkiff.org
# # #
For media enquiries and images of the 34th HKIFF, please contact: