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  • Unbeatable’s director and stellar cast kicks off Summer International Film Festival 2013

    Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 5:00AM / Standard Entry


    13 August 2013 (Hong Kong) ―The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) held the Opening Ceremony of Summer International Film Festival (SIFF) 2013 at The Grand Cinema today. The star-studded cast of Unbeatable, the opening film of the SIFF this year, attended the ceremony.

     

    The director and the leading cast including Dante LAM, Nick CHEUNG, Eddie PENG and Crystal LEE, all attended the ceremony before the premiere of the film, followed by a meet and greet session with the audience. Unbeatable has been attracting enthusiastic attention after the release of photos showing six-pack tanned physiques of Nick and Eddie in peak condition for the movie.

     
    後排左起︰《激戰》導演林超賢先生、香港國際電影節協會藝術總監李焯桃先生、香港國際電影節協會總監高思雅先生、彭于晏先生、博納影業集團首席運營執行官暨發行工作室(香港)有限公司首席執行官陳永雄先生

    前排左起︰李馨巧小姐、張家輝先生、香港國際電影節協會主席王英偉太平紳士、發行工作室(香港)有限公司董事會主席施南生小姐、《激戰》監製梁鳳英小姐

    Upper row from left to right: Mr. Dante LAM, Director of Unbeatable, Mr. LI Cheuk To, Artistic Director of HKIFFS, Mr. Roger GARCIA, Executive Director, Mr. Eddie PENG, Mr. Jeffrey CHAN Wing Hung, COO of Bona Film Group and CEO of Distribution Workshop

    Lower row from left to right: Ms. Crystal LEE, Mr. Nick CHEUNG, Mr. Wilfred WONG, SBS JP, Chairman of the HKIFFS, Ms.Nansun SHI, Chairman of Distribution Workshop and Ms.Candy LEUNG Fung Ying, Producer of Unbeatable

    Balancing action and tenderness, Unbeatable tells a story of a father-and-son relationship and the redemption of two mixed martial art fighters. Exciting fighting scenes are mixed with subtle sentiment to give depth to the story. Nick CHEUNG was awarded Best Actor and Crystal LEE secured Best Actress at the Golden Goblet Awards in the Shanghai International Film Festival in June 2013. Crystal, who is 10 years old, was also the youngest Best Actress recipient in the history of the awards.

     

    Mr. Wilfred WONG, SBS JP, Chairman of the HKIFF Society, said, “We are pleased to open SIFF 2013 with the anticipated local production Unbeatable. This year the SIFF will continue featuring celebrated work from the globe, including Woody Allen’s latest work and the fantasy love movies from Japan.”

     

    The SIFF 2013 will run with the HKIFF Cine Fan August Programme. This month’s selection includes Japanese comedies, celebrated work from Cannes and Berlin Film Festival and documentaries, and tributes to OSHIMA Nagisa and Abbas KIAROSTAMI with an additional screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey, after three screenings were completely sold out.



    《激戰》導演及一眾演員合照  Photo of the director and cast of Unbeatable


     
    Singer and Actor Jacky Cheung attended the Premiere as well.


    The full programme of SIFF 2013 can be viewed at www.hkiff.org.hk and full Cine Fan August Programme can be viewed at www.cinefan.com.hk. Tickets are available at www.urbtix.hk online and URBTIX outlets.

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  • Seize this Valuable Film-Financing Opportunity - 12th HAF Submissions Start Today
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    Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013 11:33AM / Standard Entry / 12th HAF


    (5 August, 2013) Hong Kong ― The Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) announced today its call for submissions for the 12th edition to be held from 24 to 26 March 2014 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. HAF is open to fiction and non-fiction/documentary project submissions from today until 18 October 2013. The selected projects will be invited to participate in the forum and compete for monetary awards of up to HK$500,000 in total (approximately US$64,000).

    HAF is organised by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) and has become the leading film-financing platform in Asia. From now until 18 October 2013, the 12th HAF will accept applications for its three initiatives - “2014 HAF Project Entry”, “HAF/Fox Chinese Film Development Award”, and “HAF Script Development Fund”. Cash prizes for the three awards add up to HK$500,000 (approximately US$64,000). An early bird discount is offered to participants who apply online on or before 5 September 2013.

    In 2013, the 11th HAF received more than 250 submissions from 51 territories from across the globe. The 25 projects selected comprised works from both notable and up-and-coming filmmakers, including the celebrated Japanese director and member of the main competition jury at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival KAWASE Naomi and Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL, the Thai director who won the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival with Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. KAWASE praised the HAF, saying “I don’t have to fly all the way to the other side of the planet to find financiers. HAF provides a comfortable environment for filmmakers to look for investment opportunities.” WEERASETHAKUL added, “HAF helped me understand the practicality of the film business… to know what our team is capable of so we can deliver the best project by working within a budget.”

    In the past eleven years, HAF has provided support to new and established filmmakers to realise their film projects, many of which have been produced and have received international acclaim. Some recent successes include: Flora LAU’s Bends (Hong Kong, HAF 2011) selected for Un Certain Regard at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival; CHUNG Mong-Hong’s Soul (Taiwan, HAF 2011) winner of four major awards at the 2013 Taipei Film Festival; and Hong Kong actress Charlie YEUNG’s directorial debut Christmas Rose (Hong Kong, HAF 2009) which was released regionally in early 2013. YEUNG won the HAF Excellence Award with her project in 2009 and valued HAF as an extremely rewarding experience, “I can make contact with people in various positions. It is very helpful for thinking.”

    For more details on the 12th HAF’s submission procedures, application eligibility and selection criteria, please visit www.haf.org.hk, or contact us via email: [email protected]

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    About The Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF)

    The Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) is widely recognised as the most important film financing platform in Asia. The HAF brings Asian filmmakers with upcoming film projects to Hong Kong for co-production ventures with top film financiers, producers, bankers, distributors and buyers. Attracting more than 1,000 filmmakers and financiers from at least 35 countries and regions, around 25 to 30 projects are selected annually to participate in the three-day event.

    Past participants include China's JIA Jiangke, JIANG Wen and NING Hao; Hong Kong's Peter CHAN, Stanley KWAN, Ann HUI, Fruit CHAN and PANG Ho-cheung; Taiwan's TSAI Ming-Liang, WEI Te-Sheng and Leon DAI; Japan's KORE-EDA Hirokazu, KUROSAWA Kiyoshi and IWAI Shunji; South Korea's PARK Chan-wook, KIM Jee-woon, BONG Joon-ho and IM Sang-soo; as well as Thailand's Ekachai UEKRONGTHAM, Nonzee NIMIBUTR and Pen-ek RATANARUANG.

    About The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited (HKIFFS)
    Uniting the World through Film
    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.

    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 organises 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 inspired films all year round.


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  • The Unbeatable Summer International Film Festival 2013 Closing Film Young & Beautiful
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    Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 9:52AM / Standard Entry


    18 July 2013 (Hong Kong) ― The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) announced the full programme of Summer International Film Festival (SIFF) 2013 today, opening with Unbeatable, the latest action drama from Hong Kong director Dante LAM Chiu-Yin that is set to win audiences in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

    The Opening Ceremony and Premiere will be held on 13 August 2013 at The Grand Cinema in the presence of director Dante LAM Chiu-Yin and the film’s star-studded cast, including superstar Nick CHEUNG (Nightfall), pop heartthrob Eddie PENG (Jump Ashin!) and talented actresses Crystal LEE (The Viral Factor). Director and stars will meet the audience at the screening.

    Young & Beautiful, the latest provocative work by François OZON (director of In The House) and a 2013 Cannes Film Festival Competition selection, will close the Festival. The festival will also feature three fantasy love movies from Japan, The Apology King, starring ABE Sadawo (Maiko Haaaan!!!) and directed by MIZUTA Nobuo; Maruyama, the Middle Schooler, written and directed by the critically acclaimed screenwriter KUDO Kankuro and Blindly in Love, starring HOSHINO Gen, Kaho, and directed by ICHII Masahide.

    Other highlights include: Camille Claudel 1915, starring Juliette BINOCHE, Real, with AYASE Haruka, the premiere of Woody ALLEN’s latest work Blue Jasmine – marking his return to the United States (this time, in San Francisco rather than his native New York), after his film forays in Barcelona, Paris and Rome; and Jane CAMPION’s latest title, the mysterious Top of the Lake. The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, an insightful documentary chronicling the English band’s genesis, their successes, the breakup, and their eventual reunion, will be featured in the brand new Rock, Punk & Wine section, alongside with the Red Obsession, a must-see film for all wine lovers. Filmed in France, Hong Kong and China, the documentary follows the rise of Bordeaux wines to the top of the wine lovers’ and auction houses’ lists, and the huge growth in demand for red wine in China.

    Cine Fan August Programme Announced
    The HKIFF Cine Fan August Programme will feature a selection of the best films by the Iranian master, Abbas KIAROSTAMI, who visited Hong Kong in May, including Where is the Friend’s Home?, And Life Goes On…, Through the Olive Trees, Taste of Cherry and The Wind Will Carry Us. The Cine Fan retrospectives will pay tribute to OSHIMA Nagisa, who passed away early this year, by screening four of his titles, including Boy, The Ceremony, Violence at Night Noon and Band of Ninja. The August programme will also present one of the top 10 must-see films of all time, Stanley KUBRICK’s enigmatic masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey and the restored cinéma vérité classic, Chronicle of a Summer.

    “We are pleased this year to present premieres of some of the best in contemporary cinema in the SIFF – from Woody ALLEN to Francois OZON, and documentaries such as Red Obsessions which is truly relevant and current in our part of the world,” commented Roger GARCIA, Executive Director of the HKIFFS. “At the same time, our Cine Fan repertory August programme gives our audiences a chance to experience some of the great cinemas of the past. KIAROSTAMI had a great reception from our audiences when he visited Hong Kong recently, and NAGISA Oshima spent time with us in Hong Kong in the 1980s – good memories and great film-going experiences.”

    The SIFF 2013 will run from 13 to 27 August, screening 21 films from 9 countries and regions. The full programme can be viewed at www.hkiff.org.hk. The full Cine Fan August Programme can be viewed at www.cinefan.com.hk. Tickets will be available at www.urbtix.hk online and URBTIX outlets from 22 July.

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  • Call for Entries starts on July 15, 2013

    Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 1:43PM / Standard Entry / 38th HKIFF

    The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) announced today that its call for entries for the 38th edition will start on 15 July, 2013.  Organised by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS), the 38th HKIFF will be held from 24 March to 7 April 2014.

     

    HKIFF is Asia’s oldest international film festival and a major platform for world cinema.  Its programme comprises features, documentaries, shorts and animations divided into 6 sections.  From July 15 to 31 December, 2013, the 38th HKIFF will accept submissions for its 6 sections:

     

    1.          Young Cinema Competition - open to filmmakers with their first, second or third features with cash prizes awarded by jury

    2.          Documentary Competition - open to documentaries running 60 minutes or longer with cash prizes awarded by jury

    3.          Short Film Competition -  Open to all films under 15 minutes duration with cash prizes awarded by jury

    4.          Global Vision -  new works including special programmes and tributes

    5.          Indie Power - new independent and avant-garde works

    6.          Reality Bites - new documentaries

     

    In 2013, the 37th HKIFF achieved a record with more than 2,000 film submissions.  "The continued growth of film submissions to the HKIFF shows our continued and growing prominence and recognition on the international film festival circuit,” said HKIFFS Executive Director Roger GARCIA.

     

    For more details on the 38th HKIFF call for entries procedures and eligibility, please visit http://society.hkiff.org.hk/en/press_38hkiff_entry_regulation.html

     

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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 11 major cultural venues across the territory, the Festival is Hong Kong’s largest cultural event that reaches an audience of over 600,000, including 5,000 business executives who attend the Hong Kong International Film & Television Market (FILMART), a concurrent event of the HKIFF.

     

    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.

     

    About The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited (HKIFFS)

     

    Uniting the World through Film

    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.

     

    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 organises 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 inspired films all year round.

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  • Key art revealed of the Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival (SIFF) 2013
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    Friday, Jul 5, 2013 7:19AM / Standard Entry

    The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) announced the key art of the Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival (SIFF) 2013, a WHIMSICAL FANTASY by the renowned local graphic designer Dreamergo (芝麻羔).

    Incorporating fantasy and romance, the “Spaceship” design this year encourages filmgoers to embark on an "Out of this World" adventure which reminds us that film can take us out of our normal lives. The Spaceship also ties in with the climax of the SIFF 2013, where one must-see science fiction film from film history will be screened – “2001: A Space Odyssey” by Stanley Kubrick.

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