Hong Kong International Film Festival

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

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 every year, HKIFF is one of the largest cultural events in Hong Kong. For the past seven years, HKIFF 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 hold their world premieres at HKIFF.

The 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF40) was held from 21 March to 4 April 2016. Out of 3,183 film submissions that the festival received, 248 films from 66 countries/regions were picked and showcased 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) was held from 11 to 25 April 2017.

Another international film festival in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, which is reputedly the oldest LGBT film festival in Asia, having been founded in 1989.[1]


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 SAR Government has continued to subsidise the festival through venue provision and funding of up to HK$7 million.

About the organiser[edit]

The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) is a charitable, non-profit and non-governmental organisation.

Screening venues[edit]

HKIFF events[edit]

New films are featured as gala premieres, with the directors and cast presenting on the red carpet and meet-and-greet sessions in theaters. HKIFF draws over 300 international press every year. Festival-goers can attend screenings, panel discussions, forums, seminars, exhibitions, live music performances, and parties celebrating the festival.

There are three categories of awards,[2] 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

HKIFF archive[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Carlos Rojas and Eileen Chow (2013). "The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Cinemas". Oxford University Press. Retrieved 9 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "HKIFF Society". www.hkiff.org.hk. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 

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