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Hong Kong International Film Festival Society announces Keanu Reeves for Jockey Club Cine Academy Master Class On 18 March, 2012| 香 港 國 際 電 影 節 協 會 公 佈 奇 洛 李 維 斯 擔 任 2012年 3月 18日 「 賽 馬 會 電 影 學 堂

Hong Kong International Film Festival Society announces Keanu Reeves for Jockey Club Cine Academy Master Class On 18 March, 2012

21 February, 2012-The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) today announced Keanu Reeves for the Jockey Club Cine Academy (JCCA)'s annual Master Class on 18 March, 2012 at the Convention and Exhibition Center, Theater One.

Keanu Reeves, one of Hollywood's most sought after leading men (The Matrix, The Day The Earth Stood Still) will be guest of honour at the FilmAid Asia and Moet & Chandon Power of Film charity gala on 18 March, 2012 and has graciously agreed to also participate in JCCA . The Master Class will present Side by Side, a documentary produced by and featuring Mr. Reeves interviewing filmmakers such as George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, and James Cameron which explores the development of digital cinema technology. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Mr. Reeves.

The Master Class will be moderated by established filmmaker and art connoisseur Yonfan, who is currently involved in digital restoration of his own films.

"We are very honoured by Keanu Reeves' participation in the JCCA Master Class," said Roger Garcia, Executive Director of HKIFFS, "A talent of his international stature at the Master Class is a real encouragement to our young people to develop their interest in film and film culture. We are also most grateful for the help and cooperation of FilmAid Asia for their generosity in bringing Mr. Reeves to Hong Kong and helping to organize his schedule to include our Master Class. We also thank Yonfan for moderating this Master Class - we are all looking forward to an amazing session."

The Master Class is one of seven programmes in the JCCA offers Hong Kong youth an unforgettable opportunity of a life-time to interact with distinguished filmmakers from around the world.

JCCA Master Class with Keanu Reeves

18 March, 2012

Screening 1.30 pm followed by discussion with Keanu Reeves

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Theater One

Registration starts on February 23, 2012: http://jcca.hkiff.org



Keanu Reeves is one of Hollywood's most sought after leading men. In 2012, he will be seen on the big screen in "47 Ronin," an 18th century story centered on a band of samurai who set out to avenge the death of their master. Reeves will soon make his directorial debut with the film, "Man of Tai Chi," which is currently in pre-production in China.

Recent film credits for Reeves include: "Henry's Crime," which he both starred and produced, "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" written and directed by Rebecca Miller in a supporting role opposite Robin Wright the Fox film "The Day the Earth Stood Still," a remake of the 1951 classic sci-fi film, starring opposite Jennifer Connelly, the cop thriller "Street Kings" opposite Forest Whitaker, "The Lake House," a romantic drama starring opposite Sandra Bullock and "A Scanner Darkly," a highly stylized blend of live-action and animation. Reeves also starred in the comic adaptation "Constantine" opposite Rachel Weisz, the independent film "Thumbsucker," "Something's Gotta Give," a romantic comedy in which he starred opposite Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton as well as the highly anticipated "The Matrix Revolutions," the final chapter in the blockbuster "The Matrix" trilogy and the follow-up to "The Matrix Reloaded."

His long list of credits include "Hardball," "The Gift" opposite Cate Blanchette for which he received critical acclaim, "Sweet November", "The Replacements," "A Walk in the Clouds;" the hit thriller, "Devil's Advocate," opposite Al Pacino and Charlize Theron; "Little Buddha," "Much Ado about Nothing," opposite Denzel Washington, Emma Thompson and Michael Keaton. Reeves was also seen in "Bram Stoker's Dracula," "My Own Private Idaho," "Point Break;" the very popular "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" and it's sequel, "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey."

Raised in Toronto, Reeves performed in various local theater productions and on television before relocating to Los Angeles. His first widely acclaimed role was in Tim Hunter's "River's Edge." He then starred in Marisa Silver's "Permanent Record," and with Amy Madigan and Fred Ward in "The Prince of Pennsylvania." Yet another turn came when the actor was cast as the innocent Danceny in Stephen Frears' highly praised "Dangerous Liaisons," alongside Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer. He joined other outstanding casts that year in Ron Howard's comedy, "Parenthood," and Lawrence Kasdan's "I Love You to Death." Audiences saw Reeves for the first time as the romantic lead opposite Barbara Hershey in Jon Amiel's "Tune in Tomorrow," also starring Peter Falk. His additional credits include Tri-Star's sci-fi thriller, "Johnny Mnemonic;" Andrew Davis' action film, "Chain Reaction;" and the dark comedy "Feeling Minnesota," directed by Steve Baigelman for New Line Cinema.


Originally a well-known photographer (of celebrity portraits particularly); directed over a dozen films from the 1980s onwards working with Maggie Cheung among others, helped start Daniel Wu's film career; an art connoisseur; he was President of Asian Film Awards Jury in HK 2011, and President of Jury at Pusan Film Festival 2011. He has been recently restoring his films digitally with screenings at Hong Kong and Pusan. His restored version of his film Bugis Street was screened at Berlinale 2012. His films have shown at Berlinale and in competition at Venice and other major film festivals.

About the Jockey Club Cine Academy

Established in 2010, Jockey Club Cine Academy (JCCA) is a film education programme presented by The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) and funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, with the aim to foster film literacy among Hong Kong youth.

Jockey Club Cine Academy Programmes

The Jockey Club Cine Academy (JCCA) consists of seven programmes:

Master Class

Experience the JCCA Master Class featuring world-class filmmakers and learn from the very best film creators and innovators from around the world. The JCCA Master Class offers an unforgettable opportunity of a life-time to interact with distinguished filmmakers from around the world.

Face to Face

With an acclaimed history of filmmaking in Hong Kong, the JCCA Face to Face features a renowned filmmaker from Hong Kong sharing his/her insights on film, art and life, along with a complimentary bi-lingual publication on the filmmaker for all participants.

Festival Tours

Held during the annual Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), Festival Tours aims to engage participants through active dialogue on techniques, aesthetics and literacy values, social and historical relevance of film. Notable film critics, scholars and filmmakers act as personal tour guides for 20-25 groups of 10-15 participants, with each group attending 3-5 different HKIFF screenings.

Educators Workshop

Educators Workshop is Hong Kong's first series of workshops for educators to learn the basics of film literacy, using the moving image as an educator's teaching tool. The Workshop will consist of one course of 12 classes conducted on a bi-weekly basis, held twice a year for two different groups of educators. Last year courses are all finished and 2012 Group A is started in January. Advanced workshops will be introduced in 2012.

Short Film Competition

The Short Film Competition supports the production and re-invention of the short film, a form with its own formal, aesthetic and expressive qualities distinct from those of the feature film.

Approximately twenty films of different genres (fiction, documentary, animation, experimental) each not exceeding 15 minutes in duration will be selected by the HKIFFS, and a jury of three renowned personalities will select the winners for the Grand Prize and Jury Prize. This year additional awards for local short films will be included.

Joint Universities Programme

The Joint Universities Programme provides a global stage for students to showcase their best work at the annual Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF). The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, City University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Design Institute and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University select the very best student films from the past year for public appreciation.

Youth Volunteer Programme

Young volunteers will have the opportunity to better understand both the film industry and arts administration by participating in "behind-the-scenes" of the annual Hong Kong International Film Festival. Volunteers will be trained in transferable skills in three key departments: Programming, Operations and Marketing. Volunteers will be rewarded with a wealth of film knowledge, unique experiences and a chance to make some great friends.

Jockey Club Cine Academy Partners

Educational Institutes

  • Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University

- Department of Communication Design and Digital Media, Hong Kong Design Institute

  • School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong

  • School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

  • School of Film and Television, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Film Organisations

  • Hong Kong Film Archive

  • Hong Kong Film Critics Society

Non-governmental Organisations

  • Agency for Volunteer Service

  • Aberdeen Kai-fong Welfare Association Social Service Centre

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church Social Service - Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong Children & Youth Services

  • Hong Kong Playground Association - Jockey Club North Point Integrated Service Centre For Children & Youth

- Hong Kong Sheng Kui Hui Welfare Council

  • Senior Members Service Group

  • The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council

  • The Salvation Army

  • Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service-Homantin Integrated Centre for Youth Development

About Hong Kong International Film Festival Society

The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) is a charitable, non-profit and non-governmental organization dedicated to the discovery and promotion of creativity in the art and culture of film.

Through its year-round programmes, the mission of the Society is to strengthen global appreciation of Chinese film culture and to promote inspiring films from around the world, enriching the cultural life of Hong Kong.

Committed to the development of a vibrant film culture in Hong Kong and Asia, the Society presents three annual flagship events in March and April: The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) and the Asian Film Awards (AFA).

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 inspiring films all year round.

About The Hong Kong Jockey Club

Founded in 1884, The Hong Kong Jockey Club has become one of Hong Kong's

best known and respected organisations, providing the public with world-class sporting entertainment as well as being the city's major non-Government community benefactor, now donating more than HK$1 billion a year to charitable and community projects. It has been part of Hong Kong through good times and bad, sharing the city's growth and development with its people, and is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for future generations.

                                                        |香港國際電影節協會公佈 奇洛李維斯

擔任 2012 年 3 月 18 日「賽馬會電影學堂」國際大師班嘉賓

2012 年 2 月 21 日(香港)-香港國際電影節協會今日公佈,國際著名影星奇洛李維斯將會擔任於 2012 年 3 月 18 日假香港會議展覽中心演講廳 1 舉行的「賽馬會電影學堂」國際大師班嘉賓。

奇洛李維斯是荷里活最炙手可熱的國際影星之一(《廿二世紀殺人網絡》及《地球停轉日》),為表揚其對電影業的貢獻,Moët & Chandon 及 FilmAid Asia 將邀請奇洛李維斯出席於 2012 年 3 月 18 日舉行的 Moët & Chandon and FilmAid Power of Film慈善晚宴。「賽馬會電影學堂」很榮幸得到奇洛李維斯首肯,擔任同日假香港會議展覽中心 1 號演講廳舉行的國際大師班嘉賓。屆時將放映由他親自監製和主持的紀錄片《追踪電影未來》(Side by Side)。該片採訪了多位鼎鼎大名的電影人,包括:佐治魯卡斯(George Lucas)、 馬田史高西斯(Martin Scorsese)和占士金馬倫(JamesCameron) 等,透過他們的分享與發言,探索數碼電影技術的發展及利弊。奇洛李維斯將出席映後座談會,與觀眾暢談電影心得。

「賽馬會電影學堂」國際大師班將由名導演兼藝術鑑賞家楊凡主持,楊凡導演近年積極從事數碼修復自己歷年作品的工作。香港國際電影節協會總監高思雅表示:「我們非常榮幸邀得奇洛李維斯參與『賽馬會電影學堂』國際大師班活動,能夠得到國際級巨星支持,絕對有助年輕人提升他們對電影文化的興趣。我們亦衷心感謝 FilmAid Asia 的合作和支持,不但令奇洛李維斯成此香港之行,更使他能抽空參與大師班活動。同時,我們亦感謝楊凡導演主持今年的國際大師班,相信大家都會引頸以待。」


日期:2012 年 3 月 18 日

放映時間:下午 1 時 30 分 (奇洛李維斯將出席映後座談會)

地點:香港會議展覽中心 1 號演講廳

2012 年 2 月 23 日開始接受報名: http://jcca.hkiff.org|

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