17th ifva Festival
incubator for film and visual media in asia
Organised by the Hong Kong Arts Centre and sponsored by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the 17th ifva Festival will take place between 13 and 28 March 2012. In order to strengthen and clarify its identity, the event is now titled incubator for film and visual media in asia (formerly the Hong Kong Short Film and Video Awards). It will continue its mission to nurture local and Asian independent media talents and promote media creation.
Press Conference & ifva Awards Presentation Ceremony
ifva will hold a press conference on 9 February 2012 at the agnès b. CINEMA foyer. Jury members, including Lorna TEE (Film producer), Kit HUNG (Director of Soundless Wind Chime), Lars NITTVE (Executive Director of M+, West Kowloon Cultural District) and YU Ka-ho (Independent animator) from the Open, Youth, Interactive Media and Animation categories respectively will present certificates to the filmmakers of finalist works in each category as a token of encouragement. This year, finalist works in the Asian New Force Category include works by directors from Taiwan, China, Japan, South Korea, Bhutan, Lebanon, Switzerland, the Philippines and Iraq, who will be invited to Hong Kong in March to participate in the ifva Festival. The ifva Awards Presentation Ceremony will take place on 17 March 2012 at the agnès b. CINEMA, during which the awards for all the categories will be revealed, and everyone will find out who takes home the big prizes and prize money.
ifva Festival – a showcase for creativity
ifva’s mission has always been promoting creative exchange and dialogue. In addition to Asian masters, this year ifva has invited Canadian media artist Diane LANDRY and the husband and wife creative team from the US, Jennifer and Kevin McCOY for a live audio-visual performance and exhibition. Along with the 10 finalist works from the Interactive Media Category, this programme will surely challenge our senses and inspire new ideas. Cinema 2.0: Altered States cum 17th ifva Interactive Media Finalist Exhibition, which will be presented at the Pao Galleries on 13 March 2012 at 6:30pm, as the opening programme of the 17th ifva Festival. The exhibition of interactive media works will run till 28 March 2012.
Around the world, Asian short films have been making waves. When Yesterday Comes, which premiered at the 2011 Golden Horse Film Festival to great acclaim, will be shown for the first time in Hong Kong as part of the 17th ifva Festival. The film’s four directors, including Let the Wind Carry Me director CHIANG Hsiu-chiung, God Man Dog director Singing CHEN, Pinoy Sunday director HE Weiting and Juliet director SHEN Ko-shang teamed up for the first time on this omnibus feature. When Yesterday Comes features a cast of well-known Taiwanese actors including CHANG Chen, famous model DING Chiang and Au Revoir Taipei ingénue KUO Tsat-chieh all of whom delivered warm and touching performances.
DocuLab – Documentary Workshops by Renowned Film Professionals & Screenings
This year’s ifva puts documentaries in the spotlight, and we have invited Taiwanese editing master CHEN Po-wen to be our Documentary Master Class instructor. CHEN has worked with all the top Taiwanese directors including Edward YANG, CHU Yen-ping, CHEN Kuo-fu, LIN Cheng-sheng, TANG Shiang-chu, CHANG Tso-chi, WEI Te-sheng and CHENG Yu-chieh. He had edited over 200 hundred films in his illustrious career, including such classic narrative films as A Brighter Summer Day, Darkness & Light, Yi Yi and Seediq Bale, as well as documentaries like The Red Leaf Legend and Viva Tonal. He will hold a master class and seminar on editing, which will be a rare opportunity to learn from this living legend. ifva has also invited representative from RTHK, HAF and CNEX to hold a workshop on obtaining funding for documentaries. A tea chat will be organised to allow participants more space to build up networks for future project. There will also be a screening of the German master Werner HERZOG’s documentary shorts, and participants will get the opportunity to learn about production and producing as well as taking part in film viewing and exchange. Last but not least, there will be two screenings of ifva’s award-winning documentaries as part of the Hong Kong International Film Festival, allowing viewers to look back at the history and development of local independent documentaries.
Promoting Creativity and Exploring Distribution Channels
In encouraging creativity, ifva has nurtured many film and media artists over the years. Four times ifva Awards winner Jessey Tsang’s second narrative feature, Big Blue Lake will be screened again as part of the 17th ifva Festival. This film participated in the 2011 Vancouver International Film Festival and the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival, and voted one of the recommended works at the 18th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards. Jessey was also nominated as one of the Best New Director nominees at the 31st Hong Kong Film Awards. Big Blue Lake is the first feature produced by the Hong Kong Arts Centre, and is a testament to the ifva’s role as promoter and catalyst for media creativity. This year, ifva continues to offer creative opportunities to media artists via its ifva greenlab programme, which features several ifva past award winners including CHEUNG King-Wai, Kit HUNG, WONG Sau-Ping, Vincent CHUI, etc. In addition, ifva will be partnering with RTHK to extend screening platforms for short films to high-definition television channels by presenting an 8-episode series called “ifva independent shorts series”. The programme will showcase award-winning short films, videos and animation, and will certainly bring local independent shorts to the mass audience. Programme details will soon be available.
ifva teamed up with Lomography and co-organized a Photo Competition, namely “Docu-Memories”. Winners will be rewarded with a HK$788 LomoKino & LomoKinoscope Package, which is a Lomography movie camera that shoots short, creative movies on 35mm film; plus a HK$700 festival pass of the 17th ifva festival, which brings you to all screenings and programmes during the festival.
For details: http://www.lomographyasia.com/magazine/competitions/2012/02/06/lomography-x-ifva-docu-memories
The 17th ifva Festival will take place between 13-28 March, 2012. For details –
please visit www.ifva.com;
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Since 1995, ifva serves as a platform that actively promotes and encourages creative talents. In addition to the annual competition and festival, ifva curates a host of programmes under two initiatives, “Cultivation” and “Engagement”, in encouraging creativity and independent spirit, as well as connecting the creative community. ifva is one of the core events of Entertainment Expo Hong Kong.