HKIFF Society | 06/04/2016
Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF)
The Hong Kong International Film Festival celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016 and is one of the Asia’s oldest and most reputable platforms for filmmakers, film professionals and filmgoers from all over the world to launch new work and experience outstanding films.
Screening over 250 titles from more than 55 countries in over 9 major cultural venues across the territory, the Festival is Hong Kong’s largest cultural event. For the past seven years, HKIFF has also produced and premiered anthologies of short films by well-known award winning filmmakers from Asia such as Ann HUI, KUROSAWA Kiyoshi, JIA Zhangke, Brillante MENDOZA, NAKATA Hideo, TSAI Ming-liang, Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL and among others. From 2017, HKIFF will collaborate with Heyi Pictures to produce two feature films a year by young Chinese filmmakers that will world premiere at HKIFF.
Committed to discovering new talent, the festival premieres the breadth of Chinese cinema and showcases Asian talent. As a life-style event, festival-goers watch world-class films, experience talks with leading filmmakers, visit film exhibitions and attend parties celebrating the Festival community, and much more.
The Festival draws over 300 global press members and continues to grow in vital importance as the premier platform to launch films to Asia.
The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF43) will be held from 18 March to 1 April 2019.
Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF)
The Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) is widely recognized as an established film financing platform in Asia. HAF brings Asian filmmakers with upcoming film projects to Hong Kong for co-production ventures with top film financiers, producers, bankers, distributors and buyers. Attracting more than 1,000 filmmakers and financiers from at least 35 countries and regions, around 25 to 30 projects are selected annually to participate in the three-day event. HAF has the added advantage of being held in conjunction with Hong Kong Filmart, Asia’s largest film market which attracts over 8,000 professionals.
Past participants include China's JIA Jiangke, JIANG Wen, LU Chuan and NING Hao; Hong Kong's Peter CHAN, Stanley KWAN, Ann HUI, Fruit CHAN and PANG Ho-cheung; Taiwan's TSAI Ming-Liang, WEI Te-Sheng, CHUNG Mong-Hong and Leon DAI; Japan's KORE-EDA Hirokazu, KUROSAWA Kiyoshi, KAWASE Naomi and IWAI Shunji; South Korea's PARK Chan-wook, KIM Jee-woon, BONG Joon-ho and IM Sang-soo; as well as Thailand's Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL, Ekachai UEKRONGTHAM, Nonzee NIMIBUTR and Pen-ek RATANARUANG.
HAF alumni have gone on to enjoy both critical acclaim and box office triumph with their completed projects. Recent Success stories include Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories (In Competition, Berlin Film Festival 2015; Hong Kong International Film Festival 2015); Still the Water (In Competition, Cannes Film Festival 2014; Toronto International Film Festival 2014; Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2014), So Be It (Berlin Film Festival 2015; Busan International Film Festival 2014), Bends (Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival 2013) and the award winning Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale The Good, the Bad, the Weird and Bodyguards and Assassins.
The 17th HAF will take place from 18-20 March 2019 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, together with the 23rd Hong Kong International Film and TV Market (FILMART), to be held from 18-21 March 2019.
Summer International Film Festival (SummerIFF)
Launched in 2006, the Summer International Film Festival (SummerIFF) premieres new films with an added appeal to the younger audience. The screenings of around 30 titles every August, encourages early interest in the arts for young people and continues to develop new audiences for the HKIFF. Enlightening many that quality films of artistic integrity can also be a lot of fun, the Summer IFF never fails to pack its cinemas.
HKIFF Cine Fan Programme
Financially supported by the Hong Kong Film Development Fund and organised by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, the HKIFF Cine Fan Programme was launched in April 2013.
With the aim to enrich and deepen the experience of Hong Kong moviegoers, the monthly repertory programme features a variety of curated contemporary, retrospective and thematic showcases, presenting national cinemas, tributes to masters, digitally restored classics, and genre films while supporting Hong Kong films and film culture. Local and overseas filmmakers and critics are invited regularly to attend meet-the-audience sessions, conduct seminars, and join panel discussions to facilitate cultural exchange across borders.
In conjunction with the programme, the HKIFFS has introduced “Cine Fan Privilege Scheme” for cineastes to enjoy ticket discounts on Cine Fan, HKIFF, SummerIFF, and other associated programmes.
The HKIFFS has co-presented “Cine Italiano! – Cinema Italian Style in Hong Kong” with Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Italian Cultural Institute in Hong Kong and Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong every year since 2012, bringing outstanding films from recent Italian cinema to the Hong Kong audience.
Co-curated by HKIFFS and presented by Goethe Institut Hong Kong, KINO is an annual German Film Festival held over two weekends in the Fall of each year. An eagerly anticipated event, KINO reaches not only the German expat community, but also the Hong Kong cinephiles who wish to acquaint themselves with the German arts and culture.
HKIFFS and Hong Kong and Macau Irish Festival co-presented the first edition of “Film Ireland” in April 2016. A selection of outstanding Irish films was presented to the Hong Kong audience. “Film Ireland” is a part of the Irish Festival in Hong Kong & Macau whose wide range of cultural activities, including film screenings, aim to build closer connections and understanding between Ireland and Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Film Panorama (Overseas Programme)
HKIFFS has prepared touring programmes of contemporary Hong Kong films in collaboration with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office based in Brussels since 2004. These programmes have been presented in various cities within the HKETO Brussels responsible territories.
HKIFFS has collaborated in 2013 and 2014 with HKETO Berlin on a small touring programme of contemporary Hong Kong films.
Macao International Film and Video Festival
Since 2004, The HKIFFS has co-curated the Macao International Film and Video Festival. Providing selection of films from the HKIFF programme to the Macao Cultural Centre, the HKIFFS also invites the cast and directors to Macao, offering the local audience the opportunity to participate in Hong Kong's largest annual cultural event.