On the weekend, the awards ceremony for the 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival marked the penultimate event in the annual Entertainment Expo, which began on 12 March with the opening of Filmart and accompanying project market HAF. The Expo ends tomorrow (Tuesday) with the closing of this year’s festival.
While the main feature programmes for the HKIFF are non-competitive, the festival presents awards for shorts, docos, young and Asian filmmakers – plus an Audience Award.
Each competition has its own jury, making the HKIFF one of the lighter loads on international film festival circuit for jurors. Agnieszka Holland (Spoor) led the jury for the Firebird Young Cinema Competition.
The winner of the audience award was WONG Chun’s local title Mad World, featuring Eric Tsang, who picked up the Best Supporting Actor gong for his role in the film at the recent Hong Kong Film Awards (HKFA). Lead Shawn Yue (also the lead of this year’s HKIFF opener, Pang Hi-cheung’s Love off the Cuff) was nominated for Best Actor at the HKFA, but missed to Lam Ka Tung for Trivisa, one of the HKIFF opening night films last year.
The Hong Kong international Film Festival runs 11 – 25 April. The winners were:
Young Cinema Competition
My Happy Family, Nana & Simon
Newton, Amit V MASURKAR
House in the Fields (pictured, top), Tala HADID
Inmates, MA Li
Short Film Competition
Jukai, Gabrielle LISSOT
Ten Mornings Ten Evenings and One Horizon, NISHIKAWA Tomonari
Special Mention: Everything, David O’Reilly
Happy Bus Day, LEE Seung-won
Satoshi: A Move For Tomorrow, MORI Yoshitaka
Commendation: The Teacher, Jan Hrebejk
Audience Choice Award
Mad World, WONG Chun