Born out of a desire to promote Hong Kong and Asian films to the international community, the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) is one of the oldest and most respected film festivals in Asia, and a popular event in Hong Kong’s cultural calendar.
The 43rd annual HKIFF kicks off this March, welcoming the premiere of two new award-winning features from Asian filmmakers: The Crossing, which won Best Film in the Fei Mu Awards at the 2018 Pingyao International Film Festival in China, and Manta Ray, which took the title of Best Film in the Venice Film Festival’s Horizons Section.
Every year the festival has an impressive lineup of new and noteworthy films, showing more than 200 titles from 60 countries, many of which have won acclaim both in their homeland and abroad.
The films fall into eight categories: Young Cinema, Documentary, Short Film, Global Vision, Indie Power, Reality Bites, World Animation, and Poetry in Motion. These categories allow moviegoers to watch and experience a wide variety of outstanding movies.
As the 2019 film festival schedule is usually published around February, please check the HKIFF website for updates and official dates of screenings.
Tickets prices vary depending on the film, and can be purchased through Urbtix www.urbtix.hk or HK Ticketing www.hkticketing.com. For those on a cheapo budget, snap up some weekday matinee tickets for the low price of HK$55.00. Sold-out screenings do have a limited number of stand-by tickets on sale 30 minutes prior to the film time.
If you’re unable to attend the actual festival, you still have ample opportunities to see a number of powerful films through the HKIFF’s CineFan Program. This monthly program showcases a wide variety of classic, contemporary, and thematic movies to enrich the experience of Hong Kong film enthusiasts. Check out their monthly line up http://cinefan.com.hk/schedule/ to see what’s showing.