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: www.hongkongfilmfestival.org).
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, Whush.com."
"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: https://filmfreeway.com/HongKongArthouseFilmFestival.
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
Source: Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival, 17/07/2023.