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The 35th HKIFF Announces Eight Winners in Five CompetitionsThe 35th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) announced this year’s winning films for the Asian Digital Competition, Humanitarian Awards for Documentaries, Short Film Competition, FIPRESCI Prize and SIGNIS Awards. The announcement took place at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre with jury members of the Asian Digital Competition - acclaimed directors, Ruby YANG (The Warriors of Qiugang) and Filipino filmmaker Raymond RED (Anino), winner of Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
The Asian Digital Competition encourages young filmmakers in Asia to explore the potential of the digital media. The Golden Digital Award went to Old Dog by Pema Tsedan. The film shows how cinema can be a powerful experience. The Silver Digital Award went to the director, Sivaroj KONGSAKUL for his feature debut, Eternity. The juries were very moved by its poetic style and its original structure. And the cinematographer of Old Dog, SONTHAR Gyal, his first directorial The Sun Beaten Path received Special Mention of this Award.
The Humanitarian Award for Best Documentary went to director SODA Kazushiro for his film Peace. By following the ordinary lives of people and cats, the camera leads the audience to discover the concept of peace in its most fundamental sense, which reveals the sublime through the mundane. The Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Documentary Award went to Pink Saris directed by Kim LONGINOTTO. The jury commented that the power of the film lies not only in its championing of these women’s struggle for equality, but also in its refusal to shy away from exploring the complexity of the process of change and the flaws of its protagonist.
The HKIFF is proud to present the second edition of the Short Film Competition. The Grand Prize went to Pigs directed by Pawel WOJTASIK, which is a marvelously abstract and perfectly concrete experimental documentary. The Jury Prize went to Little Children, Big Words directed by Lisa James LARSSON. Both Annick BLANC’s Nowhere Elsewhere and Ann Marie FLEMING’s I was a Child of Holocaust Survivors received Special Mention of this Award.
The FIPRESCI Prize has been presented since the 23rd HKIFF with the aim to promote young talent and artistic excellence in Asian filmmaking. The FIPRESCI prize presented to YOON Sung-hyun who directed his first long film Bleak Night, for its confident and coherent vision, and for eliciting stunning performances from a young cast. The FIPRESCI Special Mention went to the winner of Dragons & Tigers Award in Vancouver Film Festival Good Morning to the World directed by HIROHARA Satoru.
Co-organised with SIGNIS Hong Kong since 2004, the SIGNIS Awards is a salute to quality films with significant artistic, human, social, and spiritual values. The SIGNIS Award this year went to Winter’s Bone, directed by Debra GRANIK. The jury was touched by the courage of a young girl, carrying the burden of her family, who is determined to prove her father’s death in order to prevent the losing of their home. The SIGNIS Special Mention was presented to Eran RIKLIS for his work The Human Resources Manager.
List of Awards
|Asian Digital Competition|
|Golden Digital Award||Old Dog|
|Silver Digital Award||Eternity|
|Special Mention||The Sun Beaten Path|
|Humanitarian Awards for Documentaries|
|Best Documentary Award||Peace|
|Outstanding Documentary Award||Pink Saris|
|Short Film Competition|
|Jury Prize||Little Children, Big Words|
|Special Mention||Nowhere Elsewhere|
|Special Mention||I was a Child of Holocaust Survivor|
|FIPRESCI Prize||Bleak Night|
|Special Mention||Good Morning to the World|
|SIGNIS Award||Winter’s Bone|
|Special Mention||The Human Resources Manager|