HKIFF Society | 18/09/2018
The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society today announced the appointment of veteran film executive and producer Albert LEE as its next Executive Director from 1 November 2018.
He will succeed Roger GARCIA who has held the position since 2010.
Reporting directly to the HKIFFS’s Chairman, Dr Wilfred WONG, and its board of directors, LEE will oversee the society’s year-round activities, including the flagship Hong Kong International Film Festival, the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum co-production market, the Summer International Film Festival, and the repertory Cine Fan programme.
LEE boasts nearly four decades of experience in production, distribution, exhibition and corporate sectors of the film industry, having held senior management positions at Golden Harvest and Emperor Motion Pictures. He has worked closely with prominent talents including Jackie CHAN, Dante LAM, Benny CHAN and Chinese auteur JIANG Wen.
He is a current member of the Film Development Council and has sat on the boards of the Motion Picture Industry Association and the Los Angeles-based Independent Film and Television Alliance. A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Producers’ Branch, LEE has also served on festival juries in Venice, Udine and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane.
“We are delighted that Albert will be coming on board with us,” said Dr WONG. “He is a seasoned professional who is recognised and well respected both in the local and international film communities. We are confident that Albert will be able to help us to consolidate and build on HKIFF’s position as one of the most important film festivals in Asia.”
Dr WONG also acknowledged the outgoing GARCIA, who was recently made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government for his film work. “Roger has led the society well during a time of great change in the cinematic landscape,” he said. “His initiatives in audience development and filmmaker services, among others, have helped to nurture Hong Kong’s next generation of cinephiles and cineastes.”
GARCIA will also step down as Executive Director of the Asian Film Awards Academy and will be succeeded by Josie LIN, the AFAA’s current general manager.
The Hong Kong International Film Festival, one of the oldest in Asia, will celebrate its 43rd edition next year from 18th March to 1st April.