The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels (HKETO, Brussels) supported the screening of four recently-released Hong Kong films at the 36th Brussels International Fantasy, Fantastic, Thriller and Science Fiction Film Festival (BIFFF) on 3-15 April 2018.
The four Hong Kong films screened were Herman Yau's "Shock Wave", Yuen Woo-ping's "1000 Faces of Dunjia", Raman Hui's "Monster Hunt 2" and Jeff Lau's "Soccer Killer".
A reception, hosted by HKETO, Brussels on 12 April was followed by a screening of "Shock Wave". Speaking at the reception, the Deputy Representative of the HKETO, Brussels, Miss Fiona Chau, highlighted Hong Kong's success in filmmaking. She pointed out that freedom of speech and expression, as enshrined in the Basic Law, as well as Hong Kong's rich cultural mix of Chinese and Western influences, help create an environment that encourage creativity and diversity.
"The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region will continue to adopt a multi-pronged approach in promoting the development of the film industry, which includes encouraging local film production, nurturing talent, audience building and establishing the Hong Kong film brand name both in the region and overseas," Miss Chau added.
The BIFFF, founded 36 years ago, is the most important festival of its kind in Europe. Some 100 films of the fantasy, horror, thriller and science-fiction genres were screening in the festival this year. It is known for its enthusiastic audience participation and attracts huge media coverage.