11 May 2009
Celebrating 100 Years of Hong Kong Cinema
Cocktail Reception at Cannes this week to Mark Milestone
11 May 2009 – This year marks the centennial anniversary of Hong Kong film. In honour of the cinematic milestone, a cocktail reception will take place, 16 May, at Carlton Beach, Carlton Hotel, during the Festival de Cannes, in Cannes, France. Under the theme "China Night: Celebration of 100 Years of Hong Kong Cinema," the event will bring together key players of the Hong Kong and Chinese mainland film industries.
The event is being organised by the Hong Kong Chamber of Films (HKCF), the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and China Film Promotion International, with the support of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television and the Hong Kong Film Development Council (HKFDC).
The centennial cocktail celebration will be officiated by the Deputy Director General of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television Yuan Tong Nan; the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Rita Lau; the Chairman of the HKTDC and the HKFDC Jack So; the Chairman of the Hong Kong Chamber of Films Peter Lam; Hong Kong Entertainment Ambassador Tony Leung; and Jury President of the Asian Film Awards Michelle Yeoh.
Other guests will include the Commissioner for Television & Entertainment Licensing Maisie Cheng; the Chairman of the Hong Kong Screen Writers' Guild John Chong; HKFDC members Bill Kong, Nansun Shi and Wilfred Wong; HKTDC Entertainment Industry Advisory Committee members Carrie Wong and Winnie Tsang.
Director Johnnie To and actors Simon Yam, Anthony Wong and Cheung Siu-fai from the Hong Kong film Vengeance, selected in competition for this year's Cannes' Palme d'Or, will join the occasion. Also slated to attend are actress and Cannes jury panel member Shu Qi, actress Zhao Wei, actor Chen Kun, singer Jolin Tsai and model Qi Qi, wife of Simon Yam.
"This year marks the centennial celebration of Hong Kong cinema, a unique opportunity for our film industry to step up its promotion efforts on the international stage," said HKTDC Assistant Executive Director Benjamin Chau. "Chinese mainland films are now getting more attention worldwide, and the number of co-productions by mainland and Hong Kong companies is rising quickly. We are close partners in film production, and this cocktail reception only serves to underline the combined strength of our two film industries."
At Festival de Cannes, the HKTDC will also organise the Hong Kong Pavilion at the Village International. Five Hong Kong companies - Universe Films Distribution Co Ltd, Mandarin Films Distribution Co Ltd, Star Ltd, Edko Films Ltd and T-Films Ltd - will exhibit at the Hong Kong Pavilion.
Ten other Hong Kong film companies will also take part at Cannes: Celestial Pictures, Cinema Popular Ltd, Deltamac (Hong Kong) Co Ltd, Distribution Workshop, Emperor Motion Pictures, Golden Network Asia Ltd, Keep In Touch Company Ltd, Lark Films Distribution Ltd, Media Asia Films Group and My Way Film Company Ltd. Market screenings are being arranged to promote a number of Hong Kong films at Cannes, including Ip Man, Shinjuku Incident, The Beast Stalker, Soundless Wind Chime and The Storm Warriors.
For the screening schedule of Chinese mainland films, visit www.cinando.com
Please contact the HKTDC's Media & Public Affairs Department:
Tel (Cannes, 14-18 May):
|Tel: (852) 2584 4537
(852) 9035 2297/(33) 0 676265999
About the HKTDC
Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 offices worldwide, including 11 in the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, www.hktdc.com