Now celebrating 10 years of showcasing talented young filmmakers, we’re proud to bring a selection of the very best short films from the Hong Kong 2015 Fresh Wave Competition to London, together with the filmmakers who made them.
The Hong Kong Arts Development Council (ADC) launched the Fresh Wave Short Film Competition in 2005. It sought to promote local short films and support young film talent at a point when the Hong Kong film industry was rapidly declining from its height in the 80s and 90s. It selects aspiring filmmakers aged between 18 and 35, who receive a subsidy to produce a short film of between five and 25 minutes. The filmmakers also get support, professional advice and guidance from film experts invited to act as mentors, which in the past have included Chan Hing-kai, Gypsy Chang, Mabel Cheung, Jimmy Choi, Honkaz Fung, Alex Lai, Lawrence Lau, Alex Law, Jessey Tsang, Herman Yau, Yau Nai-hoi and Ying Liang.
In 2010 the ADC also introduced the International Short Film Festival to collaborate with overseas film festivals and organisations to screen local and international short as part of Fresh Wave. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Fresh Wave has seen several filmmakers go on to forge successful careers in the industry, such as Flora Lau, Kiwi Chow and Wong Chun. The short films regularly screen both in Hong Kong and at international festivals, including Udine’s Far East Film Festival and Warsaw’s Five Flavours Film Festival.
We’re very happy to be welcoming several of the Fresh Wave filmmakers to a Q&A following the screening, including Diana Lam (director, In Silence), Cheng Yee Ming (assistant director, In Silence); Chan Kam-hei (director, Conditioned); Chan Ka-chun (director, Au Revoir), Cheng Tsun-yin (co-director, Au Revoir), Siu Man-hok (writer, Au Revoir), Jane Leung (director, See You Once Again) and Dunet Chan (director, Angela).