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Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival 2023 Award Winners Announced

July 17, 2023 - Last week marked the 14th edition of the Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival. The official selection featured 42 wonderful independent films, carefully selected out of almost eighteen hundred submissions from all over the world. (The festival’s new online section, the OFF ON Selection, remains available for streaming until 20 July, more info on the website:

Kris De Meester, curator, was more than pleased with the turnout for this year’s event: "The Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival's 14th edition proved to be a resounding success. The festival witnessed a compelling convergence of film enthusiasts, both in person at Emperor Cinemas and online through our streaming partner platform,"

"It is also with immense pride that we accept the festival's recognition as one of the premier Hong Kong film festivals, at least that's what esteemed publications such as Legend, Localiize and Honeycomber claim. Yes, I'm blushing."

"As we embark upon the exciting journey towards our 15th edition, we eagerly anticipate the upcoming curation process and look forward to handpick the finest cinematic gems that will be part of our anniversary edition."

We are pleased to share with you today the 2023 Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival award winners, chosen by the jury panel:

Best Narrative Feature Film

Troubled Minds (Latvia) by Raitis Abele, Lauris Abele

Best Documentary Feature Film

Go Through The Dark (China) by Yunhong Pu

Best Narrative Short

Ousmane (Canada) by Jorge Camarotti

Best Documentary Short Film

Blind Body (Australia) by Allison Chhorn

Best Animated Film

Poise (Portugal) by Luís Soares

Best Experimental Film

The Dream Machine (France) by Michael William West

Best Underground Film

Pastel Hell (Australia) by Hugo Kit Miklos Vadasz

Best Super Short

Just Listen to the Storm (France) by Hannah Papacek Harper

Best Music Video

Ute (Poland) by Maciej Pisarek

Best Chinese Film

Spring Starts Today (China) by Siyuan Liu

Congratulations to all filmmakers! The festival would also like to say a big thank you to Tarkovski Agency for their continued support, and to all guests for coming out for a great evening of cinema.

A new Call for Entries for Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival 2024 has been launched on FilmFreeway, submit your film now:


The Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival is all about celebrating the unique voices of the world. At its heart, art is about celebrating the unique voice and message that we each possess. Sometimes loud, often quiet, occasionally bold and brash, and perhaps even shy, that singular voice should speak to others and by doing so, help them to better see themselves. This vision of film as a medium that inspires and challenges - and supporting the filmmakers who create these works - is the mission of the Hong Kong

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