Hong Kong International Film Festival
|Location||Hong Kong, China|
Founded in 1976, the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF, Chinese: 香港國際電影節) is Asia’s oldest international film festival and a pioneer in introducing Hong Kong, Chinese language and Asian cinema and filmmakers to the world.
Screening over 250 titles from more than 55 countries in over 11 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 39th HKIFF showcased 264 titles (380 screenings) through 8 film sections. Special focuses and tributes to masters and renowned filmmakers were introduced to create timely highlights at the festival.
The 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF40) was held from 21 March to 4 April 2016. This year, the festival received 3,183 film submissions, 248 films from 66 countries/regions were shown in 11 major cultural venues in Hong Kong. 63 of the films were world, international or Asian premieres.
The 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF41) will be held from 11 to 25 April 2017.
Previously operated by Urban Council and Leisure and Cultural Services Department, from 1977 to 2001, and Hong Kong Arts Development Council, from 2002 to 2004, HKIFF was officially incorporated as an independent, charitable organisation – Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited - after completing its 28th edition. The Hong Kong Government has continued to subsidise the festival through venue provision and funding of up to HK$7 million.
New films are featured as gala premieres, with the directors and cast presenting on the red carpet, and inside the cinema, to greet the audience. The Festival draws over 300 global members of the press.
There are five categories of awards, decided by juries consisting of film industry professionals such as film critics, directors and film festival delegates:
- Young Cinema Competition
- Documentary Competition
- Short Film Competition
- FIPRESCI Awards
- SIGNIS Awards
About the organiser
The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) is a charitable, non-profit and non-governmental organisation dedicated to the discovery and promotion of creativity in the art and culture of film.
The Society is committed to making world cinema accessible and affordable to the public. It organises the annual flagship the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) and the Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) in March and April. Another annual highlight is the Summer International Film Festival (SummerIFF) held every August. The repertory HKIFF Cine Fan Programme was launched in April 2013 with the aim to enrich and deepen the experience of Hong Kong moviegoers through a monthly programme of contemporary, retrospective and thematic showcases.
Through its annual programmes, the Society promotes international appreciation of Asian, Hong Kong and Chinese film culture; introduces world cinema to Hong Kong audiences; and continues to underline Hong Kong’s key position in the international film community.
HKIFFS’ dedication to quality and intelligent programming, its devotion to the discovery of new areas of filmmaking in Asia and China, its exceptional work for Hong Kong cinema, seminars and acclaimed publications, gives it a unique and respected international reputation that helps promote Hong Kong cinema at home and abroad.
- Hong Kong Cultural Centre
- Hong Kong City Hall
- Hong Kong Science Museum
- Hong Kong Film Archive
- Hong Kong Arts Centre
- UA Cine MOKO
- UA iSquare
- UA Cityplaza
- The Grand Cinema
- The Metroplex
- Sha Tin Town Hall
- Hong Kong Space Museum
- Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Festival-goers can attend panel discussions, forums, seminars, exhibitions, live music performances, and parties celebrating the festival.
- HKIFF01: 37 features, 7 shorts, 46 screenings, 16515 total attendance.
- Opening film - Italy: Year One (Roberto Rossellini).
- HKIFF02: 74 features, 7 shorts, 113 screenings, 55489 total attendance.
- Opening films: Raise Ravens (Cría Cuervos) by Carlos Saura and The Seagull (Il Gabbiano) by Marco Bellocchio.
- HKIFF03: 79 features, 3 shorts, 128 screenings, 80755 total attendance.
- Opening film: Raining in the Mountain by King Hu.
- HKIFF04: 97 features, 17 shorts, 166 screenings, 89745 total attendance.
- Opening film: American Gigolo by Paul Schrader.
- HKIFF05: 137 features, 52 shorts, 213 screenings, 95688 total attendance.
- Opening films: Child of the Sun (Taiyo no ko teda no fua) by Kiriro Urayama and The Uprising (Der Aufstand / La insurrección) by Peter Lilienthal
- Josephine Siao was there.
- HKIFF06: 128 features, 46 shorts, 216 screenings, 109028 total attendance.
- Opening films: Circle of Deceit (Die Fälschung) by Volkor Schlondorff, Street Music by Jenny Bowen and Muddy River (Doro no kawa) by Kohei Oguri
- Fung Bo Bo was there.
- HKIFF07: 137 features, 48 shorts, 220 screenings, 109170 total attendance.
- Opening films: Passion by Jean LucGodard, Moonlighting by Jerzy Skolimowski and Son of the North East by (Luk e-san) by Vichit Kounavudhi.
- HKIFF08: 140 features, 14 shorts, 279 screenings, 125373 total attendance.
- Opening films: The King of Comedy by Martin Scorsese, Carmen by Carlos Saura and Merry Christmas Mr.Lawrence by Nagisa Oshima
- HKIFF09: 133 features, 18 shorts, 270 screenings, 121384 screenings.
- Opening films: Full Moon in Paris (Les nuits de la pleine lune) by Eric Rohmer, Paris Texas by Wim Wenders and Mac Arthurs Children (Setouchi shonen yakyu dan) by Masahiro Shinoda
- HKIFF10: 139 features, 9 shorts, 284 screenings, 119236 total attendance.
- Opening films: PingPong by Leong Po-chih, Ran by Akira Kurosawa and Insignificance by Nicolas Roeg
- HKIFF11: 136 features, 21 shorts, 320 screenings, 120897 total attendance.
- Opening films: The Green Ray (Le rayon vert) by Eric Rohmer, To Sleep So As To Dream (Yumemiru yoni nemuritai) by Kaizo Hayashi and The Sacrifice (Offret) by Andrei Tarkovsky
- HKIFF12: 134 features, 20 shorts, 329 screenings, 113364 total attendance.
- Closing films: Wings of Desire by Wim Wenders and Red Sorghum (Hong Gao liang) by Zhang Yimou
- HKIFF13: 123 features, 37 shorts, 318 screenings, 95422 total attendance.
- Opening films: Ashik Kerib by Dodo Abashidze and Sergei Parajanov, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios) by Pedro Almodovar and Pellethe Conqueror (Pelle Erobreren/Pelle erövraren) by Bille August
- HKIFF14: 147 features, 21 shorts, 329 screenings, 106674 total attendance.
- Closing film: Song oftheExile by Ann Hui
- HKIFF15: 173 features, 28 shorts, 330 screenings, 115884 total attendance.
- Opening film: Li Lianying: The Imperial Eunuch by Tian Zhuangzhuang
- Closing film: My American Grandson by Ann Hui
- HKIFF16: 146 features, 33 shorts, 272 screenings, 109032 total attendance.
- Opening films: Ripples Across Stagnant Water by Ling Zifeng and High Heels (Tacones lejanos) by Pedro Almodovar
- HKIFF17: 150 features, 35 shorts, 270 screenings, 111556 total attendance.
- Opening films: For Fun by Ning Ying and Opening Night by John Cassavetes
- Closing film: The Wedding Banquet by Ang Lee
- HKIFF18: 159 features, 38 shorts, 262 screenings, 100100 total attendance.
- Opening films: Three Colours: Blue (Trois Couleur: Bleu)
- HKIFF19: 146 features, 55 shorts, 286 screenings, 172800 total attendance.
- Opening films: In the Heat of the Sun by Jiang Wen
- HKIFF20: 150 features, 35 shorts, 292 screenings.
- Opening films: Hu Du Men by Shu Kei and From Dusk Till Dawn by Robert Rodriguez
- Closing films: Mahjong by Edward Yang and The King of Masks by Wu Tianming
- HKIFF21: 187 films
- Opening films: Kitchen (Wo Ai Chufang) and The River (Heliu)
- HKIFF22: 187 films
- Opening films: Beast Cop and Dragon Inn
- HKIFF23: 200 films
- Opening films: Ordinary Heroes and Where a Good Man Goes
- HKIFF24: 190 films
- Opening films: Spacked Out and The Million Dollar Hotel
- HKIFF25: 161 films
- Opening films: Penoy Pavilion and Mortal Transfer
- HKIFF26: 176 films
- Opening films: Hollywood Hong Kong and Heaven
- HKIFF27: 229 films
- Opening films: The Twilight Samurai and PTU
- HKIFF28: 213 films
- Opening films: Baober in love and Jade Goddess of Mercy
- HKIFF29: 175 films
- Opening films: Peacock and The Hidden Blade
- HKIFF30: 206 films
- Opening films: Election 2 and Isabella
- HKIFF31: 248 films
- Opening films: I am a Cyborg, but that's OK and Eye in the Sky
- HKIFF32: 242 films
- Opening films: Soul of a Demon and Kabei - Our Mother
- HKIFF33: 224 films
- Opening films: Night and Fog and Shinjuku Incident
- HKIFF34: 201 films
- Opening films: Like a Dream and Crossing Hennessy
- HKIFF35: 225 films
- Opening films: Quattro Hong Kong 2 and Don't Go Breaking My Heart
- HKIFF36: 209 films
- Opening films: Love in the Buff
- HKIFF37: 306 films
- Opening films: Ip Man - The Final Fight
- HKIFF38: 300 films
- Opening films: Aberdeen and The Midnight After
- HKIFF39: 264 films
- Opening films: Murmur of the Hearts
- HKIFF40: 248 films
- Opening films: Chongqing Hot Pot and Trivisa
- "HKIFF Society". www.hkiff.org.hk. Retrieved 2016-10-13.