Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF)

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF)
SINCE: 1977
WHERE: Hong Kong, China
WEBSITE: www.hkiff.org.hk
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: As one of the oldest film festivals in Asia, the global reputation of the HKIFF was built on the pioneering work of programming Asian films and its retrospectives when Asian and Hong Kong cinema were not well known to the international community. Built on a solid reputation for programming, the HKIFF became the model for many subsequent film festivals around the region. Established by the Hong Kong Urban Council, the first HKIFF was held in the summer of 1977 with a focus on world cinema, while the second HKIFF included its pioneering Hong Kong cinema retrospective on Cantonese films of the 1950s. In 1978, the HKIFF began publishing its acclaimed bi-lingual publications that have since been a notable hallmark of the HKIFF Society.