Hong Kong International Film Festival

Hong Kong International Film Festival
Location Hong Kong, China
Language International
Website http://www.hkiff.org.hk/en/

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,[1] decided by juries consisting of film industry professionals such as film critics, directors and film festival delegates:

  1. Young Cinema Competition
  2. Documentary Competition
  3. Short Film Competition
  4. FIPRESCI Awards
  5. 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.

Screening venues

HKIFF events

Festival-goers can attend panel discussions, forums, seminars, exhibitions, live music performances, and parties celebrating the festival.

HKIFF archive

See also


  1. "HKIFF Society". www.hkiff.org.hk. Retrieved 2016-10-13.

External links

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