Hong Kong International Film Festival
The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) is one of the most reputable film festivals in Asia, gathering filmmakers, artists and filmgoers from various parts of the globe in launching new films and exhibiting some of the more outstanding flicks in recent years. The film festival is the largest cultural event in Hong Kong, screening more than 250 titles from over 50 countries. The most recent film festival held on March 2010 garnered an audience of half a million. A concurrent event of the HKIFF is the Hong Kong Film and Television Market (FILMART) where more than 4,500 business executives from the film industry gathered. The film festival showcases new talents, exhibiting the depth of Chinese cinema while putting Asian talents to the global forefront. Aside from film screening, the film festival also includes seminars and filmmaking workshops put up by some of the more respected filmmakers from different parts of the world, celebration parties, and other events.
Fourteen awards are at stake during the film festival, with awards given to the most outstanding film, best director, best actress, best actor, most outstanding newcomer, best supporting actor, best supporting actress, most outstanding screenwriter, best cinematographer, best composer, best production designer, best editor, best costume designer, and best visual effects. Special awards are also given.