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Hong Kong International Film Festival

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Hong Kong, China


Founded in 1976, the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF, Chinese: 香港國際電影節) is Asia’s oldest international film festival and a pioneer in introducing Hong Kong, Chinese language and Asian cinema and filmmakers to the world.


Screening over 250 titles from more than 55 countries in over 11 major cultural venues across the territory every year, HKIFF is one of the largest cultural events in Hong Kong. For the past seven years, HKIFF also produced and premiered anthologies of short films by well-known award winning filmmakers from Asia such as Ann HUI, KUROSAWA Kiyoshi, JIA Zhangke, Brillante MENDOZA, NAKATA Hideo, TSAI Ming-liang, Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL and among others. From 2017, HKIFF will collaborate with Heyi Pictures to produce two feature films a year by young Chinese filmmakers that will hold their world premieres at HKIFF.

The 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF40) was held from 21 March to 4 April 2016. Out of 3,183 film submissions that the festival received, 248 films from 66 countries/regions were picked and showcased in 11 major cultural venues in Hong Kong. 63 of the films were world, international or Asian premieres.

The 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF41) will be held from 11 to 25 April 2017.


Previously operated by Urban Council and Leisure and Cultural Services Department, from 1977 to 2001, and Hong Kong Arts Development Council, from 2002 to 2004, HKIFF was officially incorporated as an independent, charitable organisation – Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited - after completing its 28th edition. The Hong Kong SAR Government has continued to subsidise the festival through venue provision and funding of up to HK$7 million.

About the organiser

The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) is a charitable, non-profit and non-governmental organisation.

Screening venues

  • Festival Grand Cinema
  • Hong Kong Cultural Centre
  • Hong Kong City Hall
  • Hong Kong Science Museum
  • Hong Kong Film Archive
  • Hong Kong Arts Centre
  • UA Cine MOKO
  • UA iSquare
  • UA Cityplaza
  • The Grand Cinema
  • The Metroplex
  • Sha Tin Town Hall
  • Hong Kong Space Museum
  • Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • HKIFF events

    New films are featured as gala premieres, with the directors and cast presenting on the red carpet and meet-and-greet sessions in theaters. HKIFF draws over 300 international press every year. Festival-goers can attend screenings, panel discussions, forums, seminars, exhibitions, live music performances, and parties celebrating the festival.

    There are three categories of awards, decided by juries consisting of film industry professionals such as film critics, directors and film festival delegates:

    1. Young Cinema Competition
    2. Documentary Competition
    3. Short Film Competition

    HKIFF archive

  • HKIFF01: 37 features, 7 shorts, 46 screenings, 16515 total attendance.
  • Opening film - Italy: Year One (Roberto Rossellini).
  • HKIFF02: 74 features, 7 shorts, 113 screenings, 55489 total attendance.
  • Opening films: Raise Ravens (Cría Cuervos) by Carlos Saura and The Seagull (Il Gabbiano) by Marco Bellocchio.
  • HKIFF03: 79 features, 3 shorts, 128 screenings, 80755 total attendance.
  • Opening film: Raining in the Mountain by King Hu.
  • HKIFF04: 97 features, 17 shorts, 166 screenings, 89745 total attendance.
  • Opening film: American Gigolo by Paul Schrader.
  • HKIFF05: 137 features, 52 shorts, 213 screenings, 95688 total attendance.
  • Opening films: Child of the Sun (Taiyo no ko teda no fua) by Kiriro Urayama and The Uprising (Der Aufstand / La insurrección) by Peter Lilienthal
  • HKIFF06: 128 features, 46 shorts, 216 screenings, 109028 total attendance.
  • Opening films: Circle of Deceit (Die Fälschung) by Volkor Schlondorff, Street Music by Jenny Bowen and Muddy River (Doro no kawa) by Kohei Oguri
  • HKIFF07: 137 features, 48 shorts, 220 screenings, 109170 total attendance.
  • Opening films: Passion by Jean LucGodard, Moonlighting by Jerzy Skolimowski and Son of the North East by (Luk e-san) by Vichit Kounavudhi.
  • HKIFF08: 140 features, 14 shorts, 279 screenings, 125373 total attendance.
  • Opening films: The King of Comedy by Martin Scorsese, Carmen by Carlos Saura and Merry Christmas Mr.Lawrence by Nagisa Oshima
  • HKIFF09: 133 features, 18 shorts, 270 screenings, 121384 screenings.
  • Opening films: Full Moon in Paris (Les nuits de la pleine lune) by Eric Rohmer, Paris Texas by Wim Wenders and Mac Arthurs Children (Setouchi shonen yakyu dan) by Masahiro Shinoda
  • HKIFF10: 139 features, 9 shorts, 284 screenings, 119236 total attendance.
  • Opening films: PingPong by Leong Po-chih, Ran by Akira Kurosawa and Insignificance by Nicolas Roeg
  • HKIFF11: 136 features, 21 shorts, 320 screenings, 120897 total attendance.
  • Opening films: The Green Ray (Le rayon vert) by Eric Rohmer, To Sleep So As To Dream (Yumemiru yoni nemuritai) by Kaizo Hayashi and The Sacrifice (Offret) by Andrei Tarkovsky
  • HKIFF12: 134 features, 20 shorts, 329 screenings, 113364 total attendance.
  • Closing films: Wings of Desire by Wim Wenders and Red Sorghum (Hong Gao liang) by Zhang Yimou
  • HKIFF13: 123 features, 37 shorts, 318 screenings, 95422 total attendance.
  • Opening films: Ashik Kerib by Dodo Abashidze and Sergei Parajanov, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios) by Pedro Almodovar and Pellethe Conqueror (Pelle Erobreren/Pelle erövraren) by Bille August
  • HKIFF14: 147 features, 21 shorts, 329 screenings, 106674 total attendance.
  • Closing film: Song of the Exile by Ann Hui
  • HKIFF15: 173 features, 28 shorts, 330 screenings, 115884 total attendance.
  • Opening film: Li Lianying: The Imperial Eunuch by Tian Zhuangzhuang
  • Closing film: My American Grandson by Ann Hui
  • HKIFF16: 146 features, 33 shorts, 272 screenings, 109032 total attendance.
  • Opening films: Ripples Across Stagnant Water by Ling Zifeng and High Heels (Tacones lejanos) by Pedro Almodovar
  • HKIFF17: 150 features, 35 shorts, 270 screenings, 111556 total attendance.
  • Opening films: For Fun by Ning Ying and Opening Night by John Cassavetes
  • Closing film: The Wedding Banquet by Ang Lee
  • HKIFF18: 159 features, 38 shorts, 262 screenings, 100100 total attendance.
  • Opening films: Three Colours: Blue (Trois Couleur: Bleu)
  • HKIFF19: 146 features, 55 shorts, 286 screenings, 172800 total attendance.
  • Opening films: In the Heat of the Sun by Jiang Wen
  • HKIFF20: 150 features, 35 shorts, 292 screenings.
  • Opening films: Hu Du Men by Shu Kei and From Dusk Till Dawn by Robert Rodriguez
  • Closing films: Mahjong by Edward Yang and The King of Masks by Wu Tianming
  • HKIFF21: 187 films
  • Opening films: Kitchen (Wo Ai Chufang) and The River (Heliu)
  • HKIFF22: 187 films
  • Opening films: Beast Cop and Dragon Inn
  • HKIFF23: 200 films
  • Opening films: Ordinary Heroes and Where a Good Man Goes
  • HKIFF24: 190 films
  • Opening films: Spacked Out and The Million Dollar Hotel
  • HKIFF25: 161 films
  • Opening films: Penoy Pavilion and Mortal Transfer
  • HKIFF26: 176 films
  • Opening films: Hollywood Hong Kong and Heaven
  • HKIFF27: 229 films
  • Opening films: The Twilight Samurai and PTU
  • HKIFF28: 213 films
  • Opening films: Baober in love and Jade Goddess of Mercy
  • HKIFF29: 175 films
  • Opening films: Peacock and The Hidden Blade
  • HKIFF30: 206 films
  • Opening films: Election 2 and Isabella
  • HKIFF31: 248 films
  • Opening films: I am a Cyborg, but that's OK and Eye in the Sky
  • HKIFF32: 242 films
  • Opening films: Soul of a Demon and Kabei - Our Mother
  • HKIFF33: 224 films
  • Opening films: Night and Fog and Shinjuku Incident
  • HKIFF34: 201 films
  • Opening films: Like a Dream and Crossing Hennessy
  • HKIFF35: 225 films
  • Opening films: Quattro Hong Kong 2 and Don't Go Breaking My Heart
  • HKIFF36: 209 films
  • Opening films: Love in the Buff
  • HKIFF37: 306 films
  • Opening films: Ip Man - The Final Fight
  • HKIFF38: 300 films
  • Opening films: Aberdeen and The Midnight After
  • HKIFF39: 264 films
  • Opening films: Murmur of the Hearts
  • HKIFF40: 248 films
  • Opening films: Chongqing Hot Pot and Trivisa
  • References

    Hong Kong International Film Festival Wikipedia

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