Hong Kong International Film Festival

The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF, Chinese: 香港國際電影節) is one of Asia’s oldest international film festival. Founded in 1976, the festival features different movies, filmmakers from different countries in Hong Kong.[1]

Hong Kong International Film Festival
LocationHong Kong
Founded1976 (1976)
Hosted byHKIFF Society
LanguageMulti-language (adapted movies from different countries)

HKIFF screens around 230 films from more than 60 countries in different major cultural venues across the territory every year.[2] New films are featured as gala premieres, with the directors and cast presenting on the red carpet and meet-and-greet sessions in theatres.[3]


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.[4][5] The Hong Kong SAR Government has continued to subsidise the festival through venue provision and partial funding.[6]

Since 2012, HKIFF produced and premiered anthologies of short films made by well-known award winning filmmakers from Asia, such as Ann Hui, Kurosawa Kiyoshi, Jia Zhangke, Brillante Mendoza, Nakata Hideo, Tsai Ming-Liang, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Since 2017, HKIFF started to collaborate with Heyi Pictures to produce two feature films a year by young Chinese filmmakers that will hold their world premieres at HKIFF.[7]

Past events

    Event name Date Ambassador Opening Film(s) Closing Film(s)
    HKIFF1 27 June - 10 July 1977 - Italy: Year One (dir. Roberto Rossellini) A Touch of Zen (dir. King Hu)
    HKIFF2 26 June - 9 July 1978 - Raise Ravens (Cría Cuervos, dir. Carlos Saura)

    The Seagull (Il Gabbiano, dir. Marco Bellocchio)

    HKIFF3 25 June - 8 July 1979 - Raining in the Mountain (dir. King Hu) -
    HKIFF4 3 - 18 April 1980 - American Gigolo (dir. Paul Schrader) -
    HKIFF5 9 - 24 April 1981 - Child of the Sun (dir. Kiriro Urayama)

    The Uprising (dir. Peter Lilienthal)

    HKIFF6 1-16 April 1982 - Circle of Deceit (dir. Volkor Schlondorff)

    Street Music (dir. Jenny Bowen)

    Muddy River (dir. Kohei Oguri)

    HKIFF7 24 March - 8 April 1983 - Passion (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)

    Moonlighting (dir. Jerzy Skolimowski)

    Son of the North East (dir. Vichit Kounavudhi)

    HKIFF8 12-27 April 1984 - The King of Comedy (dir. Martin Scorsese)

    Carmen (dir. Carlos Saura)

    Merry Christmas Mr.Lawrence (dir. Nagisa Oshima)

    First Name: Carmen (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
    HKIFF9 29 March - 13 April 1985 - Full Moon in Paris (dir. Eric Rohmer)

    Paris Texas (dir. Wim Wenders)

    Mac Arthurs Children (dir. Masahiro Shinoda)

    Love on the Ground (dir. Jacques Rivette)
    HKIFF10 27 March - 11 April 1986 - Ping Pong (dir. Leong Po-chih)

    Ran (dir. Akira Kurosawa)

    Insignificance (dir. Nicolas Roeg)

    The Insomniac on the Bridge (dir. Raúl Ruiz)
    HKIFF11 10-25 April 1987 - The Green Ray (dir. Eric Rohmer)

    To Sleep So As To Dream (dir. Kaizo Hayashi)

    The Sacrifice (dir. Andrei Tarkovsky)

    Document: Fanny and Alexander (dir. Ingmar Bergman)

    The Stand-in

    HKIFF12 31 March - 15 April 1988 - Les Affaires Publiques

    Yeelen (dir. Souleymane Cissé)

    Goodbye, Children (dir. Louis Malle)

    Wings of Desire (dir. Wim Wenders)

    Red Sorghum (dir. Zhang Yimou)

    HKIFF13 23 March - 7 April 1989 - Ashik Kerib (dir. Dodo Abashidze and Sergei Parajanov)

    Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (dir. Pedro Almodovar)

    Pellethe Conqueror (dir. Bille August)

    Betrayed (dir. Costa-Gavras)
    HKIFF14 6 - 21 April 1990 - A Terra-Cotta Warrior (dir. Ching Siu-tung) Song of the Exile (dir. Ann Hui)
    HKIFF15 28 March - 12 April 1991 - Li Lianying: The Imperial Eunuch (dir. Tian Zhuangzhuang) My American Grandson (dir. Ann Hui)
    HKIFF16 10 - 25 April 1992 - Ripples Across Stagnant Water (dir. Ling Zifeng)

    High Heels (dir. Pedro Almodovar)

    King of Chess (dirs. Yim Ho, Tsui Hark)
    HKIFF17 8 - 23 April 1993 - For Fun (dir. Ning Ying)

    Opening Night (dir. John Cassavetes)

    The Wedding Banquet (dir. Ang Lee)
    HKIFF18 25 March - 9 April 1994 - Three Colours: Blue (dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski) Three Colours: White (dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski)
    HKIFF19 7 - 22 April 1995 - In the Heat of the Sun (dir. Jiang Wen)

    Summer Snow (dir. Ann Hui)

    One and a Half (dir. Lawrence Ah Mon)

    Burnt by the Sun (dir. Nikita Mikhalkov)

    HKIFF20 25 March - 9 April 1996 - Hu Du Men (dir. Shu Kei)

    From Dusk Till Dawn (dir. Robert Rodriguez)

    The King of Masks (dir. Wu Tianming)

    Mahjong (dir. Edward Yang)

    HKIFF21 25 March - 9 April 1997 - Kitchen (dir. Yim Ho)

    The River (dir. Tsai Ming-liang)

    The Valiant Ones (dir. King Hu)
    HKIFF22 3 - 18 April 1998 - Beast Cop (dir. Gordon Chan)

    Dragon Inn (dir. King Hu)

    Sweet Degeneration (dir. Lin Cheng-sheng)
    HKIFF23 31 March - 15 April 1999 - Ordinary Heroes (dir. Ann Hui)

    Where a Good Man Goes (dir. Johnnie To)

    Mr Zhao (dir. Lü Yue)

    Crazy English (dir. Zhang Yuan)

    HKIFF24 12 - 27 April 2000 - Spacked Out (dir. Lawrence Ah Mon)

    The Million Dollar Hotel (dir. Wim Wenders)

    A Chance to Die

    Durian Durian (dir. Fruit Chan)

    HKIFF25 6 - 21 April 2001 - Penoy Pavilion (dir. Yonfan)

    Mortal Transfer (dir. Jean-Jacques Beineix)

    Yi Yi (dir. Edward Yang)
    HKIFF26 27 March - 7 April 2002 - Hollywood Hong Kong (dir. Fruit Chan)

    Heaven (dir. Tom Tykwer)

    What Time is it There? (dir. Tsai Ming-liang)
    HKIFF27 8 - 23 April 2003 SHINE The Twilight Samurai (dir. Yoji Yamada)

    PTU (dir. Johnnie To)

    Cala, My Dog! (dir. Lu Xuechang)

    Adaptation (dir. Spike Jonze)

    HKIFF28 6 - 21 April 2004 - Baober in Love (dir. Li Shaohong)

    Jade Goddess of Mercy (dir. Ann Hui)

    Goodbye, Dragon Inn (dir. Tsai Ming-liang)

    Not on the Lips (dir. Alain Resnais)

    HKIFF29 22 March - 6 April 2005 Andy Lau Peacock (dir. Gu Changwei)

    The Hidden Blade (dir. Yōji Yamada)

    The World (dir. Jia Zhangke)

    Words in Blue (dir. Alain Corneau)

    HKIFF30 4 - 19 April 2006 Andy Lau Election 2 (dir. Johnnie To)

    Isabella(dir. Pang Ho-cheung)

    Snow Cake (dir. Marc Evans)

    Candy (dir. Neil Armfield)

    HKIFF31 10 March - 11 April 2007 - Eye in the Sky (dir. Yau Nai-Hoi)

    I am a Cyborg, but that's OK (dir. Park Chan-wook)

    HKIFF32 17 March - 6 April 2008 Sammi Cheng Kabei - Our Mother (dir. Yoji Yamada)

    Soul of a Demon (dir. Chang Tso-chi)

    Shine a Light (dir. Martin Scorsese)

    Coffee or Tea (dirs. Shu Kei, Kwan Man-hin)

    HKIFF33 22 March - 13 April 2009 Karen Mok Night and Fog (dir. Ann Hui)

    Shinjuku Incident (dir. Derek Yee)

    24 City (dir. Jia Zhangke)
    HKIFF34 18 March - 6 April 2010 - Crossing Hennessy (dir. Ivy Ho)

    Like a Dream (dir. Clara Law)

    Amphetamine (dir. Scud)

    Ex (dir. Heiward Mak)

    HKIFF35 20 March - 5 April 2011 Miriam Yeung Don't Go Breaking My Heart (dirs. Johnnie To, Wai Ka-fai)

    Quattro Hong Kong 2 (dirs. Apichatpong Weerasethakul; Brillante Mendoza; Stanley Kwan; Ho Yuhang)

    HKIFF36 21 March - 5 April 2012 Miriam Yeung Love in the Buff (dir. Pang Ho-cheung) White Deer Plain (dir. Wang Quan'an)
    HKIFF37 17 March - 2 April 2013 Miriam Yeung Ip Man - The Final Fight (dir. Herman Yau) Closed Curtain (dirs. Jafar Panahi, Kambuzia Partovi)
    HKIFF38 24 March - 7 April 2014 Louis Koo Aberdeen (dir. Pang Ho-cheung)

    The Midnight After (dir. Fruit Chan)

    That Demon Within (dir. Dante Lam)
    HKIFF39 23 March - 6 April 2015 Louis Koo Murmur of the Hearts (dir. Sylvia Chang) Port of Call (dir. Philip Yung)
    HKIFF40 21 March - 4 April 2016 Louis Koo Chongqing Hot Pot (dir. Yang Qing)

    Trivisa (dirs. Frank Hui, Jevons Au, Vicky Wong)

    Creepy (dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
    HKIFF41 11 - 25 April 2017 Louis Koo Love Off the Cuff (dir. Pang Ho-cheung) mon mon mon MONSTERS (dir. Giddens Ko)
    HKIFF42 19 March - 5 April 2018 Louis Koo Omotenashi (dir. Jay Chern)

    Xiao Mei (dir. Maren Hwang)

    What a Wonderful Family! 3: My Wife, My Life (dir. Yamada Yoji)
    HKIFF43 18 March - 1 April 2019 Aaron Kwok Bodies at Rest (dir. Renny Harlin) By the Grace of God (dir. François Ozon)


    HKIFF Firebird Awards include three categories: Young Cinema Competition, Documentary Competition and Short Film Competition. The results are decided by three jury teams consisting of film industry professionals such as film critics, directors and film festival delegates. Besides Firebird Awards, HKIFF also established FIPRESCI Prize in HKIFF23 to recognize enterprising filmmakers and promotes young talent in Asian cinema.[8] Starting from HKIFF41, Audience Choice Award is held during the film festival when the audience members who purchased tickets and festival passes could vote for their favorite films.[9] From HKIFF43, the Young Cinema Competition was divided into "Chinese Language" and "World" sections.[10]

    Event name Young Cinema Competition Documentary Competition Short Film Competition FIPRESCI Prize Audience Choice Award
    HKIFF40 Firebird Award: Life After Life

    Jury Prize: Tomcat

    Firebird Award: Behemoth

    Jury Prize: Under The Sun

    Firebird Award: Batrachian’s Ballad

    Jury Prize: Prelude to the General

    The Island Funeral -
    HKIFF41 Firebird Award: My Happy Family

    Jury Prize: Newton

    Firebird Award: House in the Fields

    Jury Prize: Inmates

    Firebird Award: Jukai

    Jury Prize: Ten Mornings Ten Evenings And One Horizon

    Special Mention: Everything

    Happy Bus Day Mad World
    HKIFF42 Firebird Award: Girls Always Happy

    Jury Prize: Daughter of Mine

    Firebird Award: Of Love & Law

    Jury Prize: The Distant Barking of Dogs

    Special Mention: Mama

    Firebird Award: Wicked Girl

    Jury Prize: The Burden

    Girls Always Happy An Elephant Sitting Still
    HKIFF43 Firebird Award (Chinese Language): A First Farewell

    Firebird Award (World): You Have the Night

    Firebird Award: Midnight Family

    Jury Prize: Advocate

    Firebird Award: All These Creatures

    Jury Prize: The Call

    The Golden-Laden Sheep and the Sacred Mountain -

    See also


    1. "Hong Kong themes give hometown heroes an on-screen presence at HKIFF". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
    2. "Mainland offers Hong Kong's film industry a brighter future". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
    3. "Hong Kong Film Festival 2018 preview". Screen. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
    4. Adler, Carlye (2003-12-03). "Gov't to let go of Hong Kong fest". Variety. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
    5. "New subvention arrangement for Hong Kong International Film Festival Society announced". www.info.gov.hk. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
    6. "Update on the Work of Create Hong Kong" (PDF). Legislative Council, Hong Kong SAR Government. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
    7. "Billboard Radio China - The 42nd Hong Kong International Film Festival Kicks Off". www.billboardradiochina.com. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
    8. "HKIFF closes with gifts and Greenaway". SCREENZ. 2015-04-06. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
    9. "HKIFF41 honors filmmakers with awards of five competition sections and the Audience Choice Award". www.filmfestivals.com. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
    10. "HKIFF43 Winners of Firebird Awards Announced at Gala". HKIFF. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
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