24 March 2010 (Hong Kong) – The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) announced the members of jury judging five competitions at the 34th HKIFF, running from 21 March to 6 April 2010. Serving as jurors are distinguished individuals from the global filmmaking and arts communities. Winners of all HKIFF competitions will be announced at the 34th HKIFF Awards Gala Ceremony, to be held at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on Tuesday, 30 March 2010 at 7:00 pm.
Members of the jury include Brillante Mendoza, Best Director at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival for Kinatay; Hong Kong filmmaker Yonfan, nominated for Best Director at the 4th Asian Film Awards for Prince of Tears; and award-winning actor Daniel Wu, who headlined the HKIFF opening film Like a Dream.
21 finalists were selected amongst over 500 submissions from around the world for the inaugural Short Film Competition. The latter brings the total number of competitions at the HKIFF to five including: the Asian Digital Competition which encourages filmmaking on the digital platform; the Humanitarian Awards which values documentary filmmakers; the SIGNIS Award which recognizes films that express social and humanitarian concerns as well as spiritual values and the FIPRESCI Prize which promote young talent and artistic excellence in Asian filmmaking.
“The HKIFF is proud to serve as a platform for filmmakers from around the world to showcase their work.” said Shaw Soo-wei, Executive Director of the HKIFF Society. “Discovering new filmmakers has long been part of our mission to discover new talent and films, bringing them to audiences in Asia and beyond.”
Screening with the Short Film Competition is Quattro Hong Kong, which presents short films from four renowned Hong Kong directors. The programme is presented by Brand Hong Kong and produced by the HKIFF Society. Four endearing odes to Hong Kong, the programme presents Clara Law’s Red Earth, Herman Yau‘s Fried Glutinous Rice, Heiward Mak Hei yan’s We Might as Well be Strangers and Fruit Chan’s The Yellow Slipper.
Following is a list of the HKIFF competitions and their respective jurors:
Short Film Competition
Jurors: Teresa Cavina, Roger Garcia and Daniel Wu
Asian Digital Competition
Jurors: Hayashi Kanako, Brillante Mendoza and Yonfan
Humanitarian Awards for Documentaries
Jurors: Tony Rayns, Pimpaka Towira, Tang Shu-wing
Jurors: Rüdiger Suchsland, Indu Shrikent and Ernest Chan
Jurors: Anca Berlogea, Kim Young-chun and Martin Ip
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 240 titles from nearly 50 countries in 11 major cultural venues across the territory, the Festival is Hong Kong’s largest cultural event that reaches an audience of over 590,000 including 4,500 business executives who attend Hong Kong Film and Television Market (FILMART), a concurrent event of 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.
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