Awards

The Hong Kong International Film Festival presents five competition sections with the award winners decided by distinguished jury members consisting of renowned film industry professionals, film critics, directors and talent. The winners of the awards will be announced at the 38th HKIFF Awards Gala Ceremony

1. Young Cinema Competition
2. Documentary Competition
3. Short Film Competition
4. FIPRESCI Prize
5. SIGNIS Award
Young Cinema Competition

The Young Cinema Competition is set up to encourage young filmmakers to explore the potentials of the cinema of our times.

Young Cinema Competition Prize
Firebird Award: USD 3,000
Jury Prize: USD 1,500

Young Cinema Competition Jury
  BONG Joon-ho was born in 1969. He studied filmmaking at Korean Academy of Film Arts. He participated in the screenplay Phantom, the submarine. Filmography: White Man (short, 93), Frame in My Memory (short, 94), Incoherent (short, 95), Barking Dogs Never Bite (00), Memories of Murder (03), The Host (06), Tokyo! (08), Mother (09), Snowpiercer (13).
  David BORDWELL grew up near Rochester, New York, and he made 8mm films while in high school and college. As an undergraduate he studies literature, and he obtained a PhD in film at the University of Iowa. He began teaching film history and aesthetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973, from which he retired in 2004. He has written several books, including Planet Hong Kong (00) and most recently, Minding Movies: Observations on the Art, Craft, and Business of Filmmaking (11).
  Christopher LAMBERT is a French actor and producer. He started acting in films since 1979. He is best known for his roles in Highlander (86) and Luc Besson’s Subway (85), for which he was awarded a Cesar Award for Best Actor. In recent years he has become a producer while continues acting. Selected Filmography: Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (84), The Sicilian (87), Highlander II: The Quickening (91), Fortress (92), Mortal Kombat (95).
  Karena LAM is a Hong Kong actress and singer. Her talent in acting was widely recognized in July Rhapsody (02), winning Best Supporting Actress and Best New Performer at both the Hong Kong Film Awards and the Taiwan Golden Horse Awards. She also received several nominations for Best Actress at the Hong Kong Film Awards for Inner Senses (02), The Floating Landscape (03), Koma (04), Home Sweet Home (05) and Claustrophobia (08). In 2012, she starred in the stage play The Wild Boar.
 
Nominees: 40 Days of Silence, Castanha, Exit, Forma, Macondo, Shadow Days, The Tale of Iya, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely.
 

Awards:
Firebird Award
Macondo / Directed by Sudabeh Mortezai
Jury’s comment: The film’s simplicity and humanity show great sensitivity to universal human problems. In this story of a Chechen émigré family seeking asylum in Vienna, viewers can find a mature understanding of growing up amid political upheaval in the modern world. Young Ramasan Minkailov gives an extraordinary performance as a sensitive boy who must take on adult responsibilities and accept the fact of his father’s death.

Jury Prize
The Tale of Iya / Directed by Tsuta Tetsuichiro
Jury’s comment: A work of stunning pictorial beauty, the film exhibits exceptional ambition in its portrayal of the harshness of rural life. The young filmmaker’s willingness to take risks with demanding materia - as well as filming during several seasons and in a wide range of locales - create an expansive meditation on the price of progress and the loss of Japanese traditions.

Special Mention
Forma / Directed by Sakamoto Ayumi
Documentary Competition

The Hong Kong International Film Festival considers documentaries addressing social issues with aesthetical significance as an essential component of any meaningful film festival. The Documentary Competition is a salute to filmmakers around the world for their devotion to the documentary form and its languages.

Documentary Competition Prize
Firebird Award: USD 3,000
Jury Prize: USD 1,500

Documentary Competition Jury
  SODA Kazuhiro is a Japanese filmmaker based in New York. His feature length documentaries include Campaign (Peabody Award 2008), Mental (Best Documentary at Busan International Film Festival 2008), Peace (Best Documentary at HKIFF 2010), Theatre 1 and Theatre 2 (Young Jury’s Prize at Festival des 3 Continents 2012), and Campaign 2 (HKIFF 2014). He is the author of four books.
  LEE Daw-Ming is currently Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Filmmaking, Taipei National University of the Arts. He is also a veteran fiction and documentary filmmaker, with 10 films and around 150 episodes of television and video programs credited as producer, director and editor. In 2013 he published Historical Dictionary of Taiwan Cinema (Scarecrow, 2013) and a book on documentary history, aesthetics, ethics, and economy. A member of the Editorial Board of Studies in Documentary Film, he also has served on many festival juries.
  Angie CHEN was born in Shanghai, brought up in Hong Kong and Taiwan, received her Masters in Fine Arts from University of California, Los Angeles and lived in America for more than a decade. She has been making films since 1979 and is now based in Hong Kong. Selected Filmography: Der Besuch (80, short docu), Maybe It’s Love (83), My Name Ain’t Suzie (85), Riddle of Love (87), This Darling Life (08, docu), One Tree Three Lives (12, docu).
 
Nominees: Cairo Drive, Concerning Violence, Flowing Stories, Meat and Milk, My Name is Salt, The Last Moose of Aoluguya, The Second Game, Web Junkie.
 

Awards:
Firebird Award
My Name is Salt / Directed by Farida Pacha
Jury’s comment: This beautifully shot and edited film celebrates tradition, nature, and human tenacity. Its poetic and lyrical representation of a way of life touches us living in this globalized post-modern society.

Jury Prize
The Last Moose of Aoluguya / Directed by Gu Tao
Jury’s comment: Through the portrayal of an Ewenki hunter/artist, this simple but powerful film depicts the effects of government interference on native tradition, culture, and livelihood.

Special Mention
Meat and Milk / Directed by Bernard Bloch
Short Film Competition

The Hong Kong International Film Festival Short Film Competition supports the production and re-invention of the short film, a form with its own formal, aesthetic and expressive qualities distinct from those of the feature. It is also a platform for international and local short film directors to exchange visions and ideas.

Short Film Competition Prize
Firebird Award: USD 1,500
Jury Prize: USD 1,000

Short Film Competition Jury
  Lav DIAZ is an acclaimed Filipino independent filmmaker. His films often tackle current social and political issues of the Philippines. His film Death in the Land of Encantos (07), the Closing Film of the orizzonti section of the Venice Film Festival 2007, was awarded with a Golden Lion Special Mention. His film Melancholia won the Orizzonti Grand Prize at Venice in 2008. In January 2011 he joined the Board of Directors for Cine Foundation International.
  Quentin TURNOUR has been the Manager of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s Canberra Arc cinema program since 2005. He has also guest programmed for film festivals in Australia and internationally, whilst continuing to research and write on Australian cinema history, with an eye to its place as part of Asia’s screen heritage. He co-founded Canberra’s Regional Intersections Festival of Southeast Asian cinema, run since 2010 as a partnership between the NFSA and the Australian National University’s Collage of Asia and the Pacific.
  Ellen PAU is a cinematographer and a video artist. Her artist works were extensively shown in Museums, Art Festivals and Biennials. She is the cofounder of Videotage and the Microwave International New Media Festival to promote Art+Technology + Science in Hong Kong. She is currently a council member at the HK Art Development Council and also a member in M+ Interim Acquisition Committee.
 
Nominees: Minesh, That Has Been Bothering Me The Whole Time, Cold Snap, Toto, The Red Door, The Butter Lamp, Winter, Symphony No. 42, All-Powerful!, Mobile Homes, Pulse, I Love Hooligans, His New Hands, Kriminalistik, The Palace on the Sea, Emblazoned Apparitions, Hollow Land, Battle, Dinola, Kotobuki/To Us.
 

Awards:
Firebird Award
The Butter Lamp / Directed by Hu Wei
Jury’s comment: The jury honours Butter Lamp for its narrative, visual and thematic compactness.  Each of its eight shots bubble with wit and insight.

Jury Prize
Cold Snap / Directed by Leo Woodhead
Jury’s comment: The story of the lives of a young hunter and a pregnant mother on a cold mountain is profoundly told through its excellent cinematography and editing. The short film exquisitely makes its mark on the coldness of Mother Nature and the lives of its survivors.

Special Mention
Symphony No. 42 / Directed by Reka Bucsi

Internet Audience Award
Kriminalistik
FIPRESCI Prize

Presented by the International Federation of Film Critics since the 23rd edition of the HKIFF, The FIPRESCI Prize promotes film-art and encourages new and young cinema. FIPRESCI is an association of the national organisations of professional film critics and film journalists from around the world for the promotion and development of film culture. The FIPRESCI Prize recognises enterprising filmmaking and twelve first films by Asian directors are selected by HKIFF, and the FIPRESCI jury comprised of three renowned personalities selects the winner of the FIPRESCI Prize. The films eligible for the Prize are identified by the FIPRESCI logo.

FIPRESCI Prize Jury
  Peter H. RIST, PhD is a Professor of Film Studies at Concordia University in Canada, where he was the Cinema Chair for eight years. His overarching research initiative is the history of film style. He has recently finished writing Historical Dictionary of South American Cinema. He has also contributed to books about Sub-Saharan African, Chinese, Taiwanese, Hong Kong, Japanese and Korean films and filmmakers. This is his tenth visit to the HKIFF since 1997. His reports on previous editions of the festival are published on www.offscreen.com.
  Richard BOLISAY is a graduate of the University of the Philippines Film Institute. He has started writing reviews for his site Lilok Pelikula (Sculpting Cinema) in 2007. His essays on film, music, and popular culture have appeared in several print and online publications in Manila. He is currently writing his first book.
  Matthew CHENG is a film columnist for the Hong Kong Economic Times and the recipient of the 2012 Hong Kong Arts Development Award (Art Criticism). The former Vice-Chairman of the Hong Kong Film Critics Society, Cheng currently holds a position at the Centre for Humanities Research, Lingnan University. He is also the author/editor of 17 publications. He has been a judge at the Hong Kong Film Awards, Chinese Film Media Awards and Golden Horse Awards.
 
Nominees: 10 Minutes, 40 Days of Silence, Castanha, Exit, Forma, Lake August, Macondo, The Night, Shadow Days, The Tale of Iya, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, Villa 69.
 
Award:
FIPRESCI Prize
10 minutes / Directed by Lee Yong-seung
Jury’s comment: The winner is 10 minutes, for its incisive analysis of the special problems faced by young Koreans in family relations and the extreme competition in education and the workplace.
SIGNIS Award

The SIGNIS Award is presented annually by SIGNIS to recognise the excellence of professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers. Co-organised with SIGNIS Hong Kong, it is a salute to films that fully express social and humanitarian concerns, as well as spiritual and artistic values. HKIFF selects twelve nominees and the SIGNIS jury comprised of three renowned personalities selects the winner of the SIGNIS Award. The Awards are identified by the SIGNIS logo.

SIGNIS Award Jury
  Douglas P. FAHLESON is a writer, director, and producer who began his career as an actor in London. He graduated from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and has a graduate degree in screenwriting from University of Southern California. He has written and writes for various publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Lincoln Journal Star, Southern California Review, and Alive!. He has served on juries at numerous international film festivals. He is now based in Dublin, Ireland.
  Yongjun JO is a Korean, completed the filmmaking Course in New York Film Academy. He is the General Director of Apostolate of ST. PAULS, Korea. He is also a priest of Society of St. Paul.
  FOO Wai Yee, Loura graduated from School of Communication at Hong Kong Baptist University, and completed an M.A. degree in Translation and Interpretation at City University of Hong Kong. She also recently finished the Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology at the University of Hong Kong. A journalist and TV producer at Diocesan Audio-Visual Centre of the Catholic Diocese, she has been delegated by the Centre to represent in international meetings and seminars in Communication. And has been an intern at Romereports TV News Agency.
 
Nominees: 40 Days of Silence, Barber’s Tales, Burning Bush, For Those Who Can Tell No Tales, Harmony Lessons, Homeland, Ice Poison, Lulu in the Nude, Palestine Stereo, September, Siddharth, The Tale of Iya.
 

Award:
SIGNIS Award
Burning Bush / Directed by Agnieszka Holland
Jury’s comment: Set in the late 1960s during the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, this film sets a high artistic standard for its portrayal of how one person’s actions can become the catalyst for positive change and also for how it addresses issues of social justice, oppression, human dignity, as well as the struggle for truth, solidarity, and human freedom. These fundamental issues are as important to today’s human society as they were during the time of the Cold War.

Special Mention
Siddharth / Directed by Richie Mehta
Palestine Stereo / Directed by Rashid Masharawi