Founded in 1976, the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) is Asia’s oldest international film festival and a pioneer in introducing Hong Kong, Chinese language and Asian cinema and filmmakers to the world.
Annually screening over 200 titles from more than 50 countries in approximately 10 major cultural venues across the territory, the Festival is one of Hong Kong’s largest cultural events. The festival features world and international premieres of Hong Kong and Asian films, and Asian premiers of international films. The festival has maintained its founding premise of bringing films to local audiences that they might not be aware of, and of introducing Hong Kong, Chinese language, and Asian films to the world.
The Hong Kong International Film Festival programme comprises features, documentaries, shorts and animations organized into the following sections:
1. YOUNG CINEMA COMPETITION (CHINESE LANGUAGE)
2. YOUNG CINEMA COMPETITION (WORLD)
3. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
4. SHORT FILM COMPETITION
5. GLOBAL VISION: 30-40 new works including special programmes and tributes
6. INDIE POWER: 15-20 new independent and avant garde works
7. REALITY BITES: 8-12 new documentaries
8. ANIMATION UNLIMITED: 12-15 new animated films
9. POETRY IN MOTION: 12-14 new experimental films
The 44th HKIFF will take place from 24 March to 6 April, 2020. Submit your film in the general entry categories for consideration for the above programmes.
The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society is a charitable, non-profit and non-governmental organisation dedicated to the discovery and promotion of creativity in the art and culture of film. Committed to making world cinema accessible and affordable to the public, HKIFFS organises the annual flagship events: the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) and the Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) in March and April and the Summer International Film Festival (SummerIFF) held every August. The HKIFF Cine Fan Programme is a monthly programme that features a variety of contemporary, retrospective and thematic showcases.
YOUNG CINEMA COMPETITION (CHINESE LANGUAGE) & YOUNG CINEMA COMPETITION (WORLD)
The Young Cinema Competition is set up to encourage young filmmakers to explore the potentials of the cinema of our times.
The Documentary Competition is a salute to filmmakers around the world for their devotion to the documentary form and its languages.
The Hong Kong International Film Festival is included in The Academy Awards’ Documentary Feature Qualifying Festival List. Films that win in the HKIFF’s Documentary Competition – Firebird Award will be eligible for Oscar submission.
SHORT FILM COMPETITION
Short film has its own formal, aesthetic and expressive qualities distinct from those of the feature. Short Film Competition offers a platform for short film directors to exchange visions and ideas.
1. Films must have been completed after 1 January 2019.
2. Except Hong Kong productions, films must not have been shown in Hong Kong prior to the Festival screenings.
3. English subtitles are required for non-English language films.
4. Films previously submitted to the Festival and were not selected, will not be reconsidered for the 44th HKIFF.
1. To submit a film for Festival’s consideration, an applicant must:
✻either submit via FilmFreeway or complete the entry form at HKIFF official website
✻complete the payment for entry fee*
✻submit an online screener: The minimum requirement is picture-locked with temporary sound and music. Only one version is allowed for each entry. The screener should remain accessible until 29th February 2020.
*Hong Kong director holding a Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card may apply for a fee waiver code during the early-bird period. Please contact the HKIFF Society office at firstname.lastname@example.org for application.
2. It is Entrant’s sole responsibility to ensure ALL REQUIRED ENTRY MATERIALS are submitted to the HKIFF Society office before the deadline. The HKIFF reserves the right to disqualify any submission, without refund of any kind, which does not meet all submission requirements within the deadline.
3. All submitted materials will not be returned and will be destroyed within three months after the Festival.
1. Entrants selected for presentation will be notified individually by 29th February 2020. Unsuccessful submissions will not be notified.
2. In its entire discretion HKIFF adopts a fully professional endeavour to review all submissions meeting the above eligibility conditions and bases its sufficiently informed decisions on a fair and reasonable familiarity with content meriting inclusion in the 44th HKIFF. However, no express or implied warranty is made that any submission will be reviewed in full.
3. All selection decisions are at the sole and absolute discretion of the HKIFF Society, and are final. The HKIFFS do not disclose internal discussion on its programming decisions and do not provide any feedback or comments on any submitted film.
4. Selected films will be shown in the section determined most appropriate by Festival programmers.
1. The HKIFF is responsible for the insurance of prints or screening copies from the moment they are received by the HKIFF to the moment they are collected by the Forwarding Agent.
2. Films presented by the HKIFF must arrive at Hong Kong for print checks and press previews at least one month before screening.
3. Once arrived at the HKIFF office, the screening copies will not be returned or forwarded until the respective HKIFF screenings of the film are over.
4. Films will be returned within two weeks after the closing of the 44th HKIFF to the airport of destination. The consignee will be notified of the shipping details.
5. Prints and airway bills should be sent directly to the HKIFF Society Office.
1. If the Office of Film, Newspaper and Article Administration (OFNAA) recommends HKIFF to make cuts in a film or in its subtitles, such changes will be made only with the agreement of the producer/filmmaker.
2. The HKIFF will apply for proper license for 44th HKIFF.
3. First-features (and second-features or third-features, according to the final programme selection) by directors of Asian countries are eligible for the FIPRESCI Prize.
4. Entry of films for the 44th HKIFF implies acceptance of these Regulations. The HKIFF reserves the right to regulate cases not circumscribed by these Regulations. In situations where all the aforementioned regulations are not applicable, the final decision shall rest with the HKIFF.
1. The entrant warrants that he/she owns the entire copyright of the film and/or has the right to authorize the public screening of the film.
2. The entrant hereby authorizes the HKIFF to screen the film in public during the period of the 44th HKIFF. The HKIFF is obliged not to hold any public screening of any film entries other than the three screenings allowed by international regulations.
3. The entrant authorizes the HKIFF to make use of all publicity materials and stills of the film including, without limitation, for publicity, promotion purposes of the 44th HKIFF and the HKIFF Society.
4. All the personal data and other information requested in the Entry Form herein are used to enable the HKIFF to consider this application only and will be subject to the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, Cap. 486.
5. The entrant agrees with the HKIFF and undertakes that he/she will at all times keep the HKIFF fully and effectively indemnified in respect of all actions, proceedings, claims, demands, liabilities and expenses whatsoever may be made, brought against, suffered or incurred by the HKIFF in consequence of any breach by the entrant on the ground that any film presented by the entrant pursuant to the 44th HKIFF General Entry Regulations is an infringement of any intellectual property rights of any person or is defamatory or on any other grounds whatsoever.
6. The Entrant’s agreement with the HKIFF by signing the Entry Form shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the Laws of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
General Entry Regulations: