Suraiyya Aziz from Hong Kong
One of the top attractions of the filmmakers and actors, the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) this year will be held as a physical even with dates set for August 18-31. This festival was earlier scheduled to take place during March 24 to April 6 though, but was postponed along with Hong Kong’s leading industry events, FilmArt and the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF), due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, the quarantine rules for the arrivals from overseas into Hong Kong was recently extended to September 18. It may be mentioned here that the HKIGG has strong support from local audiences and is less dependent on international visitors.
Hong Kong’s cinemas reopened with social distancing and other safety measures on May 8.
“We are cautiously optimistic that Hong Kong is gradually returning to normal from the health crisis,” said HKIFFS executive director Albert Lee. “I am pleased that we have not stopped our preparation since the postponement. The prospects of being able to bring back HKIFF44 to our audience are exciting. Nothing beats the big-screen experience of watching a diverse selection of films from around the world.”
Lee added that HKIFFS would continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation closely and comply with all recommended measures to ensure public safety and the well-being of festival attendees.
As previously announced, Hong Kong producer, writer, director and actor Michael Hui will be honored as the Filmmaker In Focus at this year’s edition of the festival.
The line-up for the 44th HKIFF will be announced on July 28, with tickets going on sale at Urbtix outlets and online from August 5.