Hong Kong International Film Festival

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Hong Kong International Film Festival
Hong Kong International Film Festival Logo.svg
LocationHong Kong
Founded1976; 43 years ago (1976)
Hosted byHKIFF Society
LanguageMulti-language (adapted movies from different countries)

The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF, Chinese: 香港國際電影節) is one of Asia’s oldest international film festival. Founded in 1976, the festival features different movies, filmmakers from different countries in Hong Kong.[1]

HKIFF screens around 230 films from more than 60 countries in different major cultural venues across the territory every year.[2] New films are featured as gala premieres, with the directors and cast presenting on the red carpet and meet-and-greet sessions in theatres.[3]

The 42nd Hong Kong International Film Festival Grand Opening


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.[4][5] The Hong Kong SAR Government has continued to subsidise the festival through venue provision and partial funding.[6]

Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited

Since 2012, HKIFF produced and premiered anthologies of short films made by well-known award winning filmmakers from Asia, such as Ann Hui, Kurosawa Kiyoshi, Jia Zhangke, Brillante Mendoza, Nakata Hideo, Tsai Ming-Liang, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.[citation needed] Since 2017, HKIFF started to collaborate with Heyi Pictures to produce two feature films a year by young Chinese filmmakers that will hold their world premieres at HKIFF.[7]

Filmmaker in Focus: Brigitte Lin Ching-Hsia
The 42nd Hong Kong International Film Festival Ambassador: Louis Koo Tin-lok

Past events[edit]

Young Cinema Competition jury (from left to right: Anthony WONG, Colin GEDDES, and Agnieszka HOLLAND), director Amit V Masurkar, and LI Cheuk-to, Artistic Director of the Hong Kong International Film Festival.
The 42nd Hong Kong International Film Festival Award Ceremony
HKIFF 41 Opening Film Love Off the Cuff
Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Event name Date Ambassador Opening Film(s) Closing Film(s)
HKIFF1 27 June - 10 July 1977 - Italy: Year One (dir. Roberto Rossellini) A Touch of Zen
HKIFF2 26 June - 9 July 1978 - Raise Ravens (Cría Cuervos, dir. Carlos Saura)

The Seagull (Il Gabbiano, dir. Marco Bellocchio)

HKIFF3 25 June - 8 July 1979 - Raining in the Mountain (dir. King Hu) -
HKIFF4 3 - 18 April 1980 - American Gigolo (dir. Paul Schrader) -
HKIFF5 9 - 24 April 1981 - Child of the Sun (dir. Kiriro Urayama)

The Uprising (dir. Peter Lilienthal)

HKIFF6 1-16 April 1982 - Circle of Deceit (dir. Volkor Schlondorff)

Street Music (dir. Jenny Bowen)

Muddy River (dir. Kohei Oguri)

HKIFF7 24 March - 8 April 1983 - Passion (dir. Jean LucGodard)

Moonlighting (dir. Jerzy Skolimowski)

Son of the North East (dir. Vichit Kounavudhi)

HKIFF8 12-27 April 1984 - The King of Comedy (dir. Martin Scorsese)

Carmen (dir. Carlos Saura)

Merry Christmas Mr.Lawrence (dir. Nagisa Oshima)

First Name Carmen
HKIFF9 29 March - 13 April 1985 - Full Moon in Paris (dir. Eric Rohmer)

Paris Texas (dir. Wim Wenders)

Mac Arthurs Children (dir. Masahiro Shinoda)

Love on the Ground
HKIFF10 27 March - 11 April 1986 - Ping Pong (dir. Leong Po-chih)

Ran (dir. Akira Kurosawa)

Insignificance (dir. Nicolas Roeg)

The Insomniac on the Bridge
HKIFF11 10-25 April 1987 - The Green Ray (dir. Eric Rohmer)

To Sleep So As To Dream (dir. Kaizo Hayashi)

The Sacrifice (dir. Andrei Tarkovsky)

Document: Fanny and Alexander

The Stand-in

HKIFF12 31 March - 15 April 1988 - Les Affaires Publiques


Goodbye, Children

Wings of Desire (dir. Wim Wenders)

Red Sorghum (dir. Zhang Yimou)

HKIFF13 23 March - 7 April 1989 - Ashik Kerib (dir. Dodo Abashidze and Sergei Parajanov)

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (dir. Pedro Almodovar)

Pellethe Conqueror (dir. Bille August)

HKIFF14 6 - 21 April 1990 - A Terra-Cotta Warrior Song of the Exile (dir. Ann Hui)
HKIFF15 28 March - 12 April 1991 - Li Lianying: The Imperial Eunuch (dir. Tian Zhuangzhuang) My American Grandson (dir. Ann Hui)
HKIFF16 10 - 25 April 1992 - Ripples Across Stagnant Water (dir. Ling Zifeng)

High Heels (dir. Pedro Almodovar)

King of Chess
HKIFF17 8 - 23 April 1993 - For Fun (dir. Ning Ying)

Opening Night (dir. John Cassavetes)

The Wedding Banquet (dir. Ang Lee)
HKIFF18 25 March - 9 April 1994 - Three Colours: Blue (dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski) Three Colours: White (dir.) Krzysztof Kieślowski)
HKIFF19 7 - 22 April 1995 - In the Heat of the Sun (dir. Jiang Wen)

Summer Snow

One and a Half

Burnt by the Sun

HKIFF20 25 March - 9 April 1996 - Hu Du Men (dir. Shu Kei)

From Dusk Till Dawn (dir. Robert Rodriguez)

The King of Masks (dir. Wu Tianming)

Mahjong (dir. Edward Yang)

HKIFF21 25 March - 9 April 1997 - Kitchen (Wo Ai Chufang)

The River

The Valiant Ones
HKIFF22 3 - 18 April 1998 - Beast Cop (dir. Gordon Chan)

Dragon Inn

Sweet Degeneration
HKIFF23 31 March - 15 April 1999 - Ordinary Heroes (dir.) Ann Hui)

Where a Good Man Goes

Mr Zhao

Crazy English

HKIFF24 12 - 27 April 2000 - Spacked Out

The Million Dollar Hotel

A Chance to Die

Durian Durian

HKIFF25 6 - 21 April 2001 - Penoy Pavilion

Mortal Transfer

Yi Yi (dir. Edward Yang)
HKIFF26 27 March - 7 April 2002 - Hollywood Hong Kong (dir. Fruit Chan)


What Time is it There?
HKIFF27 8 - 23 April 2003 SHINE The Twilight Samurai

PTU (dir. Johnnie To)

Cala, My Dog!


HKIFF28 6 - 21 April 2004 - Baober in love

Jade Goddess of Mercy

Goodbye, Dragon Inn

Not on the Lips

HKIFF29 22 March - 6 April 2005 Andy Lau Peacock

The Hidden Blade

The World

Words in Blue

HKIFF30 4 - 19 April 2006 Andy Lau Election 2 (dir. Johnnie To)

Isabella(dir. Pang Ho-cheung)

Snow Cake


HKIFF31 10 March - 11 April 2007 - Eye in the Sky (dir. Yau Nai-Hoi)

I am a Cyborg, but that's OK (dir. Park Chan-wook)

HKIFF32 17 March - 6 April 2008 Sammi Cheng Kabei - Our Mother

Soul of a Demon

Shine a Light

Coffee or Tea

HKIFF33 22 March - 13 April 2009 Karen Mok Night and Fog

Shinjuku Incident

24 City
HKIFF34 18 March - 6 April 2010 - Crossing Hennessy

Like a Dream



HKIFF35 20 March - 5 April 2011 Miriam Yeung Don't Go Breaking My Heart

Quattro Hong Kong 2

HKIFF36 21 March - 5 April 2012 Miriam Yeung Love in the Buff (dir.) Pang Ho-cheung) White Deer Plain
HKIFF37 17 March - 2 April 2013 Miriam Yeung Ip Man - The Final Fight Closed Curtain
HKIFF38 24 March - 7 April 2014 Louis Koo Aberdeen (dir.) Pang Ho-cheung)

The Midnight After (dir. Fruit Chan)

That Demon Within
HKIFF39 23 March - 6 April 2015 Louis Koo Murmur of the Hearts (dir. Sylvia Chang) Port of Call
HKIFF40 21 March - 4 April 2016 Louis Koo Chongqing Hot Pot


HKIFF41 11 - 25 April 2017 Louis Koo Love Off the Cuff (dir. Pang Ho-cheung) mon mon mon MONSTERS
HKIFF42 19 March - 5 April 2018 Louis Koo Omotenashi

Xiao Mei

What a Wonderful Family! 3: My Wife, My Life (dir. Yamada Yoji)


HKIFF Firebird Awards include three categories: Young Cinema Competition, Documentary Competition and Short Film Competition. The results are decided by three jury teams consisting of film industry professionals such as film critics, directors and film festival delegates. Besides Firebird Awards, HKIFF also established FIPRESCI Prize in HKIFF23 to recognize enterprising filmmakers and promotes young talent in Asian cinema.[8] Starting from HKIFF41, Audience Choice Award is held during the film festival when the audience members who purchased tickets and festival passes could vote for their favorite films.[9]

Event name Young Cinema Competition Documentary Competition Short Film Competition FIPRESCI Prize Audience Choice Award
HKIFF40 Firebird Award: Life After Life

Jury Prize: Tomcat

Firebird Award: Behemoth

Jury Prize: Under The Sun

Firebird Award: Batrachian’s Ballad

Jury Prize: Prelude to the General

The Island Funeral -
HKIFF41 Firebird Award: My Happy Family

Jury Prize: Newton

Firebird Award: House in the Fields

Jury Prize: Inmates

Firebird Award: Jukai

Jury Prize: Ten Mornings Ten Evenings And One Horizon

Special Mention: Everything

Happy Bus Day Mad World
HKIFF42 Firebird Award: Girls Always Happy

Jury Prize: Daughter of Mine

Firebird Award: Of Love & Law

Jury Prize: The Distant Barking of Dogs

Special Mention: Mama

Firebird Award: Wicked Girl

Jury Prize: The Burden

Girls Always Happy An Elephant Sitting Still

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hong Kong themes give hometown heroes an on-screen presence at HKIFF". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  2. ^ "Mainland offers Hong Kong's film industry a brighter future". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  3. ^ "Hong Kong Film Festival 2018 preview". Screen. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  4. ^ Adler, Carlye (2003-12-03). "Gov't to let go of Hong Kong fest". Variety. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  5. ^ "New subvention arrangement for Hong Kong International Film Festival Society announced". www.info.gov.hk. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  6. ^ "Update on the Work of Create Hong Kong" (PDF). Legislative Council, Hong Kong SAR Government. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Billboard Radio China - The 42nd Hong Kong International Film Festival Kicks Off". www.billboardradiochina.com. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  8. ^ "HKIFF closes with gifts and Greenaway". SCREENZ. 2015-04-06. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  9. ^ "HKIFF41 honors filmmakers with awards of five competition sections and the Audience Choice Award". www.filmfestivals.com. Retrieved 2018-06-19.

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