[16 February 2012] Acclaimed local illustrator, product designer, animation and comic producer Tom Lau jumped at the chance when he was invited to create the key art for this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival.
Lau explained his motivation, “I have always wanted to express my burning passion for art through imagery – it seemed to me that the icon of the Fiery Phoenix was ideal for this purpose.”
Lau said that his design is a tribute to the local film industry and its talents. “Inspiration may happen in a flash, like a spark. But it takes time to kindle the fire, and effort to fan the flames of creativity. As the flames grow, I see them as wings that power the imagination soaring to great artistic height. The Fiery Phoenix represents the struggle of artistic creation and the pleasure of its realization.” Like many in the creative industries, Lau has a strong affection for film, “I hope that every local filmmaker will always keep the creative fires burning in their soul and heart.”
With over 20 years in illustration and painting, Lau has won awards in several competitions from international bodies including the prestigious Philippe Charriol Foundation, and Caran d’Ache. Lau is also well known for his work for international brands such as Hong Kong Disneyland and the Shangri-la Hotel chain.
“We are delighted by Tom Lau’s distinctive and original key art design and thank him for the generosity of his time and artistic spirit. We are sure his eye-catching Fiery Phoenix will ignite the curiosity of the Hong Kong public and spark in them the passion for cinema that Tom and ourselves all share,” said Li Cheuk-to, Artistic Director of HKIFF.
“The Fiery Phoenix” will appear on the booking folder, main catalogue and other promotion materials of the 36th HKIFF.
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About Tom LAU
Tom Lau has almost 20 years of experience in illustrating and painting. He is also a renowned product designer and animator. A graduate of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and School of Continuing Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Tom has won several competitions including the Philippe Charriol Foundation Fine Art Competition in 1994, Caran D’Ache Sunday Artist of the Year Competition in 1995 and the CGWORLD & Digital Video Character Design Competition in 2000. His work has been commissioned by Ming Pao Weekly and many international brands such as Hong Kong Disneyland and the Shangri-La Hotel chain.
Tom Lau is the founder and art director of Art Finger Gallery in Hong Kong. His oil paintings appear in the movie “Hi, Fidelity” (35th HKIFF), directed by Kelvin Poon. He is currently the visiting tutor teaching illustration at the Hong Kong Productivity Council.
About Hong Kong International Film Festival Society
The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) is a charitable, non-profit and non-governmental organization dedicated to the discovery and promotion of creativity in the art and culture of film.
Through its year-round programmes, the mission of the Society is to strengthen global appreciation of Chinese film culture and to promote inspiring films from around the world, enriching the cultural life of Hong Kong.
Committed to the development of a vibrant film culture in Hong Kong and Asia, the Society presents three annual flagship events in March and April: The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) and the Asian Film Awards (AFA).
Passionately believing in the power of films to unite cultures and generations, the
HKIFFS is devoted to giving thousands of film lovers around the region direct access to the world’s most inspiring films all year round.
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