Founded in 1976, the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) is Asia’s oldest international film festival and a pioneer in introducing Hong Kong, Chinese language and Asian cinema and filmmakers to the world.
Its major retrospectives and bi-lingual publications on Hong Kong cinema have helped establish Hong Kong movies on the international stage; and its programming of Asian films have inspired many other film festivals.
Annually 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, including 7,000 business executives who attend the Hong Kong International Film & Television Market (FILMART), a concurrent event of the HKIFF.
The festival features world and international premiers of Hong Kong and Asian films, and Asian premiers of international films. The festival has maintained its founding premise of bringing films to local audiences that they might not be aware of, and of introducing Hong Kong, Chinese language, and Asian films to the world. The festival has an extensive track record in presenting new Asian films and filmmakers from the Hong Kong New Wave filmmakers like Ann Hui, Tsui Hark and Allen Fong, and Philippines masters Lino Brocka and Mike de Leon in the late 1970s, through the Chinese new waves of Taiwan filmmakers Hou Hsiao-hsien and Edward Yang, and Fifth Generation of Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou in the 1980s, to contemporary game changers like Apitchatpong Weerathasakul, the HKIFF is a chronicle of the development and discovery of modern Asian cinema. The festival also regularly hosts major international filmmakers and stars. Recent guests include Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Piolo Pascual, Pedro Costa, Lav Diaz, Peter Greenaway, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Bela Tarr.
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.
About the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society:
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 organizes 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’s 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.
News & Articles:
04.05.2016 – These are the winners of the 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival
02.24.2016 – The Hong Kong International Film Festival will screen the winners of the Berlinale 2016