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HK Expo closes with gongs

The two events closing Hong Kong’s Entertainment Expo, which began in mid-March with FILMART, handed out their prizes over the weekend.

The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) presented its awards on Saturday evening, and closes today. The Hong Kong Film Awards (HKFA) ran Sunday evening.

A number of films recently in contention at the Asian Film Awards were also among the nominees and winners on home turf at the HKFA. HOU Hsia-hsien’s The Assassin, which took eight awards at the AFA, collected the one gong it was eligible for in Hong Kong, the award for non-Hong Kong Chinese language films. Ten Years, the nomination of which caused mainland China to ban broadcasts of the HKFA on the mainland, took the Best Film award although Port of Call (pictured, top) was the clear winner with seven awards.

At the HKIFF’s awards event, Thai director Pimpaka Towira was the only multiple winner. Her feature The Island Funeral (a winner at last year’s Tokyo International Film Festival) took the FIPRESCI Prize at the HKIFF. Her Berlinale-premiered short film Prelude to the General (Nimit Luang) took the Jury Prize in the HKIFF’s short film competition, which was won by Portuguese director Leonor Teles’ Batrachian’s Ballad.

Among the judges for the festival’s competitions were Brisbane Asia-Pacific Film Festival programmer Kiki Fung and local filmmaker Amos Why, whose in-development Napping Kid participated another Expo event, project market HAF.

The 40th edition of the Hong Kong International Film Festival ran 21 March – 4 April. Its award winners were:

Young Cinema Competition
Firebird Award: Life After Life
Jury Prize: Tomcat

Documentary Competition
Firebird Award: Behemoth
Jury Prize: Under The Sun

Short Film Competition
Firebird Award: Batrachian’s Ballad
Jury Prize: Prelude to the General

The Island Funeral

Land Of Mine
Commended: Truman
A full list of the Hong Kong Film Awards nominees is here. The winners were:

Best Film
Ten Years

Best Director
Tsui Hark, The Taking Of Tiger Mountain

Best Screenplay
Philip Yung Tsz Kwong Port Of Call

Best Actor
Aaron Kwok, Port Of Call

Best Actress
Jessie Li, Port Of Call

Best Supporting Actor
Michael Ning, Port Of Call

Best Supporting Actress
Elaine Jin, Port Of Call

Best New Performer
Michael Ning, Port Of Call

Best Cinematography
Christopher Doyle, Port Of Call

Best Film Editing
Cheung Ka Fai, Ip Man 3

Best Art Direction
William Chang Suk Ping, Yau Wai Ming, Office

Best Costume And Make Up Design
Yee Chung Man, Monster Hunt

Best Action Choreography
Li Chung Chi, SPL 2: A Time For Consequences

Best Original Film Score
Dayu Lo, Chan Fai Young, Office

Best Original Film Song
We Almost Fly She Remembers, He Forgets
Composer: Day Tai; Lyric: Saville Chan; Performer: Feanna Wong

Best Sound Design
Kinson Tsang, George Lee Yiu Keung, Yiu Chun Him, The Taking Of Tiger Mountain

Best Visual Effects
Jason Snell, Ellen Poon, Tang Bingbing, Monster Hunt

Best New Director
Raman Hui, Monster Hunt

Best Film from Mainland and Taiwan
The Assassin

Lifetime Achievement Award
Li Lihua

Professional Spirit Award
Chow Wing Kwong

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