Press Release

The 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival Announces
Jury Members for Young Cinema, Documentary and Short Film Competitions;
Celebrated Taiwanese Filmmaker Sylvia CHANG to Head Young Cinema Jury

Mar 9, 2016

9 March 2016 (Hong Kong) – The 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival announced the international jury member lineup for its Firebird Awards in three competition sections: Young Cinema, Documentary and Short Film.

The Young Cinema Competition jury includes Taiwan’s Sylvia CHANG (Jury President), one of Asia’s foremost women filmmakers, whose works include Passion (1986), 20 30 40 (2004), and 39th HKIFF opening film, Murmur of the Hearts (2015).  CHANG, an award-winning director, producer and actress, was honored as the "Filmmaker in Focus" at the 39th HKIFF.  Other Young Cinema Competition jury members include: Canadian producer-director Denis CÔTÉ (Boris Without Beatrice, 2016); Ian Haydn SMITH, the London-based editor of Curzon and BFI Filmmakers magazines; and DAI Jinhua, director of the Institute of Film and Culture at Peking University.  Sylvia CHANG said, “I am honored to be invited as the jury president for Young Cinema Competition.  I am looking forward to watching the films from these young directors, and wish them a wonderful and prosperous future. ”

The Documentary Competition jury includes Judith PERNIN, an author, curator and film researcher focusing on the documentary form; documentary filmmaker YANG Li-Chou of Taiwan, whose films includes My Football Summer (2006) and The Moment (2014); and Oscar HO Hing-kay, director of the MA and BA Programmes in Cultural Management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. 

Short Film Competition jury members include John CANCIANI, the artistic director of the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur and programmer at the Cinema Cameo in Winterthur, Switzerland; Kiki FUNG, head programmer for the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival and advisor to the Asia Pacific Screen Awards; and Amos WHY, a Hong Kong journalist who directed his first feature Dot 2 Dot in 2014.

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About The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF)
The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) is one of Asia’s most reputable platforms for filmmakers, film professionals and filmgoers from all over the world to launch new works and experience outstanding films.

Screening over 280 titles from more than 50 countries in over 10 major cultural venues across the territory, the Festival is Hong Kong’s largest cultural event that reaches an audience of over 600,000.

Committed to discovering new talent, the Festival premieres the breadth of Chinese cinema and showcases Asian talents. As a lifestyle event, festival-goers can enjoy world-class films, attend seminars hosted by leading filmmakers from around the world, visit film exhibitions, join celebration parties, and more.

The Festival draws extensive media coverage from over 500 local and international press members and continues to grow in importance as one of the premier platforms to launch films in Asia. HKIFF40 will be held from 21 March to 4 April 2016.


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The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited (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 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 (Summer IFF) held every August. Besides, the HKIFF Cine Fan Programme was launched in April 2013 with the aim to enrich and deepen the experience of Hong Kong moviegoers, the monthly programme features a variety of curate contemporary, retrospective and thematic showcases.

Passionately believing in the power of films to unite cultures and generations, the HKIFFS is devoted to giving thousands of film lovers around the region direct access to the world’s most inspired films all year round.

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