Hong Kong inaugurates Chinese film fest

Initiative designed to help promote creativity industry in HK

HONG KONG -- Chinese Film Panorama 2009, a Chinese film festival to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, will be held from Oct 5 to Nov 1 under the banner of “Creative October," an art festival-type initiative launched on Thursday to promote arts and culture in Hong Kong.

Director Ye Ying’s “Tian An Men," which utilizes new and documentary footage and computer graphics to retell the 28 days of repair work done on the Gate of Heavenly Peace will open the Chinese Film Panorama. The Chinese film festival is jointly organized by the Leisure and Culture Services Department and South China Film Workers Union, in association with Sil-Metropole Organization and Southern Film Co. Ten films, including Ning Hao’s “Crazy Racer," Zhuo Gehe’s “Nima’s Women," “Examination 1977” by Jiang Haiyang and Wi Tian-ge, and “Walking to School” by Peng Jiahuang and Peng Chen.

Chinese Film Panorama 2009 is among the over 200 art programs organized under “Creative October," which also consists of a series of open forums themed “The Cultural Asian," including one on Asian animation named “The Animated Asia: Future Development of the International Positioning of Asian Animation," to be held on Oct 10. 

Hong Kong-born “Shrek” animator Raman Hui, “McDull Wudong” animator Kwai Bun, Japan’s Tokyo University of the Arts Animation professor Mitsuko Okamoto, executive director of the Hong Kong Arts Centre Connie Lam and Korean animation critic Kim Joon-yang will speak at the forum.