The 34th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) today announced this yearfs winning films for the Asian Digital Competition, Humanitarian Awards for Documentaries, FIPRESCI Prize, SIGNIS Awards and the inaugural Short Film Competition.
The announcement took place at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre with Jury members of the Asian Digital Competition acclaimed directors, Brillante Mendoza (Lola) and Yonfan (Prince of Tears) in attendance.
The Asian Digital Competition is run to encourage young filmmakers to explore digital media. The Golden Digital Award went to Sun Spots, a film exploring the intensity of human relationships. The Silver Digital Award went to the director, Zhao Dayong for his feature debut, The High Life.
Zhao Dayong also received the FIPRESCI Prize for The High Life. The FIPRESCI Special Mention went to Tangle, the directorial debut of award-winning cinematographer Liu Yonghong.
The Humanitarian Award for Documentaries went to director Zhao Liang for Petition, which offers an epic-scale analysis of some key social and psychological issues in present-day China. The Outstanding Documentary Award went to Enemies of the People, an account of what happened on Cambodia’s killing fields by Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath.
The winner of the inaugural Short Film Competition Grand Prize was Hanasaari A, an experimental Finnish documentary jointly directed by Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen. The Jury Prize went to The Berlin Wall directed by Brit filmmaker, Paul Cotter.
The SIGNIS Award this year went to A Brand New Life, a semi-autobiographical tale by French-Korean Ounie Lecomte. The SIGNIS Commendation was presented to the Finish director Klaus H?r? (Mother of Mine) for Letters to Father Jacob.
The 34th HKIFF runs until 6 April and features over 290 films from 50 countries, including 65 international, world and Asian premieres.