The Film Programmes Office focused on the promotion
of film and video culture in Hong Kong. The office organised a great
variety of film and video programmes, workshops and seminars in 2002,
and the programmes were very well-received. They enabled local audiences
to appreciate cinematic art from all corners of the world on the
one hand, and to experience diversified cultural activities in Hong
Kong on the other.
Major events presented in 2002 included:
Thematic Hong Kong Retrospectives curated by the
Hong Kong Film Archive, such as Back to Dreamland — Cathay
Retrospective, Fragrant Screen — The
Exquisite Fong Yim-fun, A Tribute to Chang Cheh and Hong
Kong Cinema and Popular Culture;
Repertory Cinema, a new initiative featured a
month-long spectrum of film classics by each of six masters, namely,
Francesco Rosi, Jean Renoir, Ingmar Bergman, Werner Herzog, Robert
Bresson and R. W. Fassbinder.
Community and Youth Projects to nurture young
audiences in film and video appreciation and production, such as:
the Family Film Carnival in the summer; Community Film Series held
in various civic centres; Experimental Intermedia workshops and
talks; the Microwave International Media Art Festival; and U-Videomaker
National Film Programmes, organised with various
Consulate-Generals and cultural institutes brought outstanding
films and videos from many countries. In 2002, films from Mainland
China, India, Egypt, Russia and more than 10 European Union Countries
were featured. The collaborations exposed local audience to hundreds
of productions which might otherwise not be distributed in Hong
Kong through commercial channels.
|Audiences also have chances to
watch films from many countries through the arrangements
of the Film Programme Office.
Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards
This annual competition, a joint project with
the Hong Kong Arts Centre, entered its eighth year in 2002. The
scope of activities had been expanded to include a Short Film and
Video Festival, showcasing local and Asian short films and videos.
The aim of the competition is to encourage creative, non-commercial
independent productions of short film and video.