*SCAPEmedia SPOTLIGHT: Hong Kong Independent Filmmaking
Moderator: David Lee
The talk will be conducted in Mandarin/Cantonese.
It has been almost two decades since the decline of Hong Kong cinema which began in the mid-1990s. Once dubbed as the Hollywood of the East, it has been facing multiple challenges, in particular rampant piracy, dwindling box office returns and exodus of filmmaking talents towards mainland China.
However in the past few years, we have seen a resurgence of Hong Kong indie filmmaking with several young talents making their first feature film between 2012 to 2015. Short filmmakers continue to have platforms such as the Freshwave International Short Film Festival to showcase and recognise their work, and most recently, Ten Years, an ominibus of five short films produced independently by young directors and producers have become a domestic box office hit, garnering a nomination for Best Picture at the 2016 Hong Kong Film Awards. For many of the younger generation of filmmakers, we have been seeing a shift towards a strong focus on local issues and narratives, in contrast to making formulaic movies steeped in popular genres for the mass audience. What is the current climate for independent filmmakers in Hong Kong? We have on the panel, writer directors Kiwi Chow (A Complicated Story, Ten Years) and Jevons Au (Trivisia, Ten Years) as well as producer Andrew Choi (Final Project, Ten Years) to share with us their experiences in independent filmmaking and their views and aspirations for Hong Kong cinema. The panel will be moderated by David Lee, Vice Chairman, Singapore Film Society.
欧文杰 Jevons Au
Born and bred in Hong Kong, Jevons Au is a post-80s filmmaker, who graduated from the School of Film and Television, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, majoring in directing. He once attended a filmmaking summer course in the University of South California and has directed various award-winning independent short films. He was the scriptwriter for the films Vengeance, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, Romancing in Thin Air and Drug War. He recently directed his first drama film, Trivisa.
蔡廉明 Andrew Choi
Andrew Choi graduated from China Graduate School of Theology with Master of Divinity; Regent University with Master of Arts in Communication, major in TV and Film Production; University of Manitoba with Bachelor of Science. Andrew has many years of experience in media related work, including digital media, website and video production. He is the organiser of a short film festival for young filmmakers, helping to develop talented young filmmakers. He is the producer of various documentary films including Fading Marketplaces, Move with the Times. He is also the producer of feature films Final Project and Ten Years.
Kiwi Chow 周冠威
Born in the 70s in Hong Kong, Kiwi Chow obtained the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television with First Class Honours, majoring in directing under the tutorage of Director Shu Kei, from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). After graduation, he worked as script supervisor, assistant director in various productions, including Fearless, starring Jet Li. In 2006, he was hired by HKAPA and directed a short film, Upstairs, which received various local and international film festival awards. In 2013, he completed an MFA in Cinema Production from HKAPA, and directed his first feature film, A Complicated Story, starring Jacqueline Zhu and Jacky Cheung. The film was premiered in the 37th Hong Kong International Film Festival and was selected as the Opening Film of 2014 Singapore Chinese Film Festival. In 2015, he won the Award for Young Artist (Film) under the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards. His latest short was Self-immolator.
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