Hong Kong International Film Festival
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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.
|Hosted by||HKIFF Society|
|Language||Multi-language (adapted movies from different countries)|
HKIFF screens around 230 films from more than 60 countries in different major cultural venues across the territory every year. New films are featured as gala premieres, with the directors and cast presenting on the red carpet and meet-and-greet sessions in theatres.
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 partial funding.
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. 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.
|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)||-|
|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)
|HKIFF7||24 March - 8 April 1983||-||Passion (dir. Jean LucGodard)||-|
|HKIFF8||12-27 April 1984||-||The King of Comedy (dir. Martin Scorsese)
Carmen (dir. Carlos Saura)
|First Name Carmen|
|HKIFF9||29 March - 13 April 1985||-||Full Moon in Paris (dir. Eric Rohmer)||Love on the Ground|
|HKIFF10||27 March - 11 April 1986||-||Ping Pong (dir. Leong Po-chih)||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)
|Document: Fanny and Alexander
|HKIFF12||31 March - 15 April 1988||-||Les Affaires Publiques||Wings of Desire (dir. Wim Wenders)|
|HKIFF13||23 March - 7 April 1989||-||Ashik Kerib (dir. Dodo Abashidze and Sergei Parajanov)||Betrayed|
|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)||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)||One and a Half
Burnt by the Sun
|HKIFF20||25 March - 9 April 1996||-||Hu Du Men (dir. Shu Kei)||The King of Masks (dir. Wu Tianming)|
|HKIFF21||25 March - 9 April 1997||-||Kitchen (Wo Ai Chufang)
|The Valiant Ones|
|HKIFF22||3 - 18 April 1998||-||Beast Cop (dir. Gordon Chan)||Sweet Degeneration|
|HKIFF23||31 March - 15 April 1999||-||Ordinary Heroes (dir.) Ann Hui)
Where a Good Man Goes
|HKIFF24||12 - 27 April 2000||-||Spacked Out||A Chance to Die|
|HKIFF25||6 - 21 April 2001||-||Penoy Pavilion||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||Cala, My Dog!|
|HKIFF28||6 - 21 April 2004||-||Baober in love||Goodbye, Dragon Inn|
|HKIFF29||22 March - 6 April 2005||Andy Lau||Peacock||The World|
|HKIFF30||4 - 19 April 2006||Andy Lau||Election 2 (dir. Johnnie To)||Snow Cake
|HKIFF31||10 March - 11 April 2007||-||Eye in the Sky (dir. Yau Nai-Hoi)||-|
|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||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)||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||Creepy|
|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
|What a Wonderful Family! 3: My Wife, My Life (dir. Yamada Yoji)|
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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. 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.
|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|
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