HKETO, Brussels promoted Hong Kong films at nine international film festivals in Europe in 2018/19
The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels (HKETO, Brussels) supported the participation of Hong Kong films in nine film festivals in Europe in 2018/19, most recently at the 12th CinemAsia Film Festival in Amsterdam, held from 5 to 10 March 2019.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the CinemAsia Film Festival on 10 March 2019, Deputy Representative of HKETO, Brussels, Miss Fiona Chau, said the vibrant atmosphere of Hong Kong, with its eastern heritage and western influences, creates an environment that encourages creativity and diversity.
Hong Kong films have gained increasing recognition from the international film industry over the years, with young talents on the rise. First-time film director Jun Li's film 'Tracey';, which was screened at the CinemAsia Film Festival, had been nominated in nine categories, including the 'Best New Director'; category, in the forthcoming Hong Kong Film Awards.
Miss Chau remarked that Jessey Tsang's film 'The Lady Improper';, which would be screened that evening in its European premiere, contained a fine performance by Charlene Choi, who has been nominated for the Hong Kong Film Awards, in the 'Best Actress'; category.
'I am delighted that the directors of three Hong Kong films screened in the Festival, Mary Stephen, Jessey Tsang and Jun Li, are able to be here tonight. Mary Stephen, one of Hong Kong's most distinguished editors and directors, also gave a masterclass at the Festival,'; Miss Chau said, adding that the Festival also screened the Dutch premiere of Stanley Kwan's 'First Night Nerves';.
The CinemAsia Film Festival in Amsterdam was the last of nine film festivals supported by HKETO, Brussels in 2018/19. The other festivals were the Brussels International Fantasy Film Festival in Brussels; the Dragon Film Festival in Florence; the Far East Film Festival in Udine; the Asian Summer Film Festival in Vic, near Barcelona; the Salento International Film Festival in Tricase; the Thessaloniki International Film Festival; the Sitges Fantastic Film Festival in Sitges; and the Casa Asia Film Festival in Barcelona. Apart from supporting Hong Kong films screening in these film festivals, which were well-received by the European audience, HKETO, Brussels also hosted networking receptions and/or supported the organisation of exchange sessions or masterclasses in these film festivals which provided valuable opportunities for Hong Kong filmmakers to share and exchange film-making experience and skills with European filmmakers.