Oh The Places We’ve Been!
Although Reel Asian has rolled away the red carpet after our festival, we’re still always on the lookout for new film titles to bring to our Toronto audiences. Our staff and Programming Team travel to internationally-acclaimed film festivals throughout the year in search for the best in Asian cinema. Welcome to Reel Asian’s Travel Blog Series!
For our first post, we present you with Betty Xie’s journey to the 39th annual Hong Kong International Film Festival. Written by: Betty Xie (Development & Guest Services Coordinator)
As someone who grew up in Guangzhou, China, Hong Kong is not a faraway land. I know its language, food, film & TV. But as my first year to attend the Hong Kong International Film Festival and Filmart, this trip to HK was definitely special. Excited to watch awesome films, meet great people and eat rounds of dim sum, I arrived in Hong Kong on March 22 and began my two-week journey there.
The Hong Kong Film Festival (HKIFF) is one of the most well-established and esteemed festivals in the world, and the Filmart is a hub for distributors, programmers and filmmakers to meet and discuss “the next big idea” of Asian cinema and international co-productions. Things happen fast, just like they do in Hong Kong films. This is the fourth year that Reel Asian attends HKIFF and Filmart. Navigating my ways through the hustle and bustle in the exhibition hall, I was eager to find the best titles for our 2015 festival.
During the four days of Filmart, I was happy to meet with over 20 distribution companies, reconnected with members of RA family, and did some “star-seeing.” I also got to watch the newest titles from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Japan throughout the film festival that was happening simultaneously. Here are some highlights:
See you next time, HKIFF! Toronto cinephiles, stay tuned to see what titles we brought from Hong Kong this year 😀