Jury Panel – The 22nd ifva Awards

Open Category

Lee Yee Yau Nai-hoi Linda Chiu-han Lai Patrick Suen Lawrence Lau
Saville Chan Tsang Tsui-shan      

Open Category Pre-selection Panel

Nose Chan Gary Tang Tsang Tsui-shan

Youth Category

Adam Wong Adrian Chow Chan Wing-chiu Lau Ho-leung Kit Hung

Animation Category

Lo Che-ying Welby Chung Eddy Hui Mandy Tsang  Siuhak

Media Art Category

Bryan Chung Ip Yuk-yiu Ying Kwok Ng Tsz-Kwan Kristina Maurer
Sarah Lee        

Asian New Force Category

Ernest Chan Katherine Lee Edith Chiu Shen Ko-shang Simon Chung

Asian New Force Category Pre-selection Panel

Cheng Chuen-wai Simon Chung Eric Hui

Open Category

Lee Yee, born in 1936, started his career as writer and editor in 1956. He was the Chief Editor of The Seventies (later renamed The Nineties) for 28 years, and his writings has kept appearing in newspapers and magazines for 60 years. Ever since the Sino-British negotiations, he has published widely his political and social commentaries about Hong Kong, and has always been faithful to his beliefs even when those differ from the mainstream or challenge people in power. He has also published quite a number of books.

Yau Nai-hoi, Hong Kong film screenwriter, director and producer.

Linda Chiu-han Lai, Associate Professor of Intermedia Arts at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, also a research-based interdisciplinary artist. After completing her Ph.D. in Cinema Studies at New York University, she has exhibited internationally experimental videography works and digital and mixed media installations. Her video works have been selected for International Short Film Festival Oberhausen three times, and she was commissioned for a large-scale mixed-media installation at the 9th Shanghai Biennale 2012. Recent significant works include her essay “Video Art in Hong Kong: Organologic Sketches for a Dispersive History” (2015) and research-based installation “Object-Subjectivities” (2016) on Hong Kong’s media art history.

Patrick Suen, film critic, columnist, and an advisor to Korea Tourism Organization. Working in the media for 15 years, he has been writing film reviews and film-related features in newspapers and magazines. He graduated with an M.Phil. in Comparative Literature from The University of Hong Kong, researching on the relationships between male sexual identity and urban space in Hong Kong and Taiwanese cinema. He has worked for various Korean directors and actors / actresses, and served as moderator and interpreter for Asian Film Awards (AFA), Hong Kong Asian Film Festival and Fresh Wave. His film reviews appear in Ming Pao Weekly and City Magazine, and he also has a column in Sky Post and hosts radio programmes for RTHK. He is an advisor to AFA in 2016.

Lawrence Lau studied film production at the University of Southern California, USA. After graduation he joined RTHK and worked as writer and director of TV series such as Miracle of Orient series and Below the Lion Rock. He started directing in 1986 with directorial works include Gangs, Queen of Temple Street, Lee Rock, Lee Rock II, Spacked Out, My Name is Fame, Besieged City, etc. He is a multiple times nominee of the Hong Kong Film Award and the Taipei Golden Horse Awards. He also works as a commercial director starting from 1995 for international and local brands.

Saville Chan, Hong Kong lyricist, screenwriter and film producer, graduated from the Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. The Way We Dance (2013) that he produced won him Best Original Film Song at the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards, and the film was also nominated for Best Film. He produced and wrote She Remembers, He Forgets (2015) and the film again won him Best Original Film Song at the 35th Hong Kong Film Awards, and was nominated for Best Screenplay. He currently works as part-time lecturer at Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University, and columnist for Hong Kong Economic Journal.

Tsang Tsui-Shan, Best New Director winner at the 31st Hong Kong Film Awards in 2012. Starting with short film productions, her films typically focus on humanitarian grounds. Her first feature film Lovers on the Road (2008) won the Best Drama Award at the 8th South Taiwan Film Festival, and her second feature Big Blue Lake (2011) was a success at various film festivals. Tsang finished her French / Hong Kong co-production feature documentary Flowing Stories in 2014, and her Chinese / Korean co-produced drama Scent was also released in the same year. Recently she actively participates in projects relating to environmental issues and disadvantaged communities, receiving the FilmAid Asia Humanitarian Award in 2016.

Open Category Pre-selection Panel

Nose Chan is a programme curator of the Hong Kong Independent Film Festival. Graduated from The University of Hong Kong and School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. He began making videos in 1998, and regularly screens his works locally and abroad. In 2000, he won the Distinguished Award at the 6th ifva for his piece Well. He also edited for Darkness Bride (2003), Innocent (2004), Magic Boy (2007), High Noon (2008), Farewell Loneliness (2011), Love in late Autumn (2016), etc.

Gary Tang, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Youth Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on social media and political communications. He has participated in the work of commentary of ifva for nearly ten years.

Tsang Tsui-Shan
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Youth Category

Wong Sau-ping Adam started making short films with facilities at University of Iowa when he was an exchange student there. Many of his short films were awarded at ifva. After the 311 tsunami in Japan in 2011, he created with his partner the disasterrelief short film Friends. In 2012 he made the short film The Secret Taste based on a true story. His mega-hit feature The Way We Dance won him Best New Director at the Hong Kong Film Award. Its sequel The Way We Dance 3 is on plan. In 2015, he made the short film Our Playground for UNICEF and Playright to promote inclusive playgrounds in Hong Kong. Latest feature She Remembers, He Forgets was released in 2015, and latest short Assignment in 2016.

Adrian Chow, local canto-pop songwriter and producer, also a radio host at online radio shingjai.hk and guest host at Commercial Radio 2. His works are often concerned with social issues and underprivileged groups in the city. His recent mainstream canto-pop works can be found in Kay Tse’s album Kontinue (2014). In 2015, he produced the album Wild Fire, in collaboration with the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, on stories of local grassroot workers. His 2016 work “Hillwood Road” was awarded the Best Melody, Best Lyrics and Best Song awards at the Golden Sail Award Ceremony organised by C.A.S.H...

Chan Wing-chiu, filmaholic and filmmaker, and working hard to be a local creative educator. Born and grown up in the last century, his work My Son was awarded Open Category Jury Special Prize at the 7th ifva Awards. With a passion in local short films, he even wrote his dissertation with the topic of Hong Kong independent short film movement. He makes both features and documentaries, with his latest directorial work Four Friends from documentary series Outstanding Chinese Writers commissioned by RTHK. He was also the assistant director of Ann Hui’s new film Our Time will Come.

Lau Ho-leung, Hong Kong film director and screenwriter, currently Vice President of Hong Kong Screenwriters’ Guild, jury of the 1st First Feature Film Initiative (Higher Education Institution Group). He graduated from Department of Cinema and Television, Hong Kong Baptist University, and has written the scripts of Three, Kung Fu Jungle, The Great Magician, Triple Tap, Once a Gangster, 14 Blades, Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon, Painted Skin, etc. Painted Skin was nominated for Best Screenplay at the 28th Hong Kong Film Award. His debut directorial feature Two Thumbs Up was selected for a dozen of international film festivals, and nominated for Best Screenplay and Best New Director at the 35th Hong Kong Film Award. His latest short Killer and Undercover has entered the 15th New York Asian Film Festival.

Kit Hung, graduated with an M.F.A. from the Department of Film, Video and New Media, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently Lecturer of the Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Award at the 6th ifva Awards. His films have won numerous international awards, and was screened at over 100 international film festivals. His debut feature Soundless Wind Chime (2009) was nominated for the Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, and won him Best Director and Best New Director in Spain and Italy. The film had been released in over 13 countries.

Animation Category

Lo Che-ying, veteran animator and animation critic. He started as animation designer at RTHK from 1978 to 1993, and also worked for several Hong Kong movies on their animation effects. He began to produce independent animations in 1977, and won the gold awards of Hong Kong Independent Short Film Festival in four consecutive years. He has hosted animation courses, talks and seminars at Hong Kong Arts Centre and various tertiary institutes, and curated the “60 Years of Hong Kong Animation” exhibition in 2012. He is currently Secretary-General of the Hong Kong Animation Association, and honourary member of the Cantonese Cinema Study Association and Hong Kong Animation Filmmaker Society.

Welby Chung is the founder and director of Crossfade Creative Ltd. He graduated from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University with a B.A. in Design (Visual Communication) and Master of Design, and he started his animation and digital graphic design career in 1996. His video My Dear Flower (2003) won the Gold Award at ifva, and Juror’s Recommendation at the South Taiwan Film Festival. It was also shown at the Busan International Film Festival and the Hong Kong International Film Festival in 2004. He became a director for television commercials, music videos and graphic design in the recent years, and was nominated for Best MV Director at the Golden Melody Awards of Taiwan in 2008.

Eddy Hui is currently the Head of Department of Design, Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi). Prior to joining THEi, Eddy taught design and new media programmes at various tertiary institutes at bachelor’s and master’s levels. Being one of the early adaptors of interactive design, motion graphics and digital animation in Hong Kong, who has been working in advertising and media industry for more than 15 years, Eddy has served in different local and global design companies and focused on integration of new media into corporate identity. He holds memberships of many professional bodies, and is the Chairman of Hong Kong Mayan User Group. He also sits on the jury panels of many digital media competitions.

Mandy Tsang, founder and director of eMotionLAB LIMITED, started her career as a graphic designer and further pursued her studies in animation and multimedia at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. She returned to Hong Kong and worked in various TV stations on station branding and promotional video designs. Mandy founded eMotionLAB in 2012. eMotionLAB is an innovative motion design studio with a mission to promote motion design and its unlimited possibilities. eMotionLAB won various international and local professional design awards, including Red Dot Award in Germany, Best of Golden Pin Design Award in Taiwan, Successful Design Award in China and DFA Awards in Hong Kong.

Siuhak was born in 1974 and graduated from the School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in 1996 with a B.A. (Hons) in Design. After graduation he has been working independently as illustrator, comic author, animator and scriptwriter. Deaf Cat, a fictional cartoon character created by Siuhak, has become widely popular. He was a guest lecturer at PolyU’s School of Design from 2004 to 2008. He started penning lyrics in 2008, and in 2011 joined “Shoot The Lyricists”, an alliance of lyricists initiated by Wyman Wong. He received C.A.S.H.’s Joseph Koo New Generation Award in 2013 for writing lyrics. Publications include the Fake Forensic Science comic series, Deaf Cat illustrations collection and lyrics collection Cantopopcorn.

Media Art Category

Bryan Chung is an interactive media artist and design consultant. His artworks have been exhibited at the World Wide Video Festival, Multimedia Art Asia Pacific, Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Microwave International New Media Arts Festival and the China Media Art Festival. In Shanghai Expo 2010, he provided interactive design consultancy to various industry leaders in Hong Kong and China. Currently, he is Assistant Professor at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, where he teaches subjects on interactive arts, computer graphics, and multimedia. He is the author of the book Multimedia Programming with Pure Data (2013).

Ip Yuk-yiu is an experimental filmmaker, media artist, art educator and independent curator. His works, ranging from experimental films to live performances and media installations, have been showcased extensively at international festivals, including European Media Art Festival, New York Film Festival (views from the avant-garde), the Image Festival, FILE Festival, VideoBrasil, Transmediale, ISEA, Hong Kong International Film Festival, etc. Ip has lectured extensively on film, video and media art. Currently he is Associate Professor at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. His recent works explore hybrid and computational forms of cinema that is informed by contemporary media art practices.

Ying Kwok adopts an inventive curatorial approach that centres on “boundaries of collaboration” among curators, artists, and the wider community. She is the sole curator at the Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester in the UK from 2006 to 2012. She became an independent curator in 2013. Notable projects include Harmonious Society at Asia Triennial Manchester 2014, From longing to belonging at Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Poland, and No Cause for Alarm at La MaMa Galleria in New York. In 2015, Kwok was awarded the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship to conduct research on participatory and engagement art projects in USA. She established the Art Appraisal Club with a group of local arts professionals to provide regular exhibition reviews, fostering critical thinking and exchanges in the field.

Ng Tsz-Kwan is the Co-founder and Executive Creative Director of yU+co. [lab} since 2006 when his interactive multi-media design company, N.T. Lab, partnered with award-winning Hollywood-based creative design firm yU+co. He graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a bachelor degree in Fine Arts in 1997, and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design with a master’s degree in 2000. He is dedicated to applying interactive media in art installation and business application. His works have been invited for exhibitions locally and worldwide. In 2007, Perspective Magazine named him as one of the “40 under 40” which commends 40 young design professionals in Greater China.

Kristina Maurer is a curator and exhibition producer based at Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria. Being the project lead for the exhibition productions at the Ars Electronica Center, she develops shows together with the education and cultural mediation department, is well versed in the collaboration with universities and scientific institutions such as ESA and MIT, and works with artists whose practice is located at the nexus of art, science, technology and industry. Having a background in cultural studies, media theory and art theory, she previously gained in experience in cultural production and cultural management at institutions such as the Austrian Cultural Forum in Washington D.C., MAK Austrian Museum for Applied Arts/Contemporary Arts and das weisse haus in Vienna and has a keen insight into the Austrian contemporary fine arts scene.

Sarah Lee is the co-founder of multi-disciplinary Hong Kong based architecture studio, SKY YUTAKA. A graduate of The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, her cross-disciplinary work is founded on strong collaborative approach to design which bridges the link between visual arts, architecture, landscape, culture and academia. Lee is a registered architect in Hong Kong and UK and is part-time Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and lecturer at University of Lincoln / Hong Kong Design Institute. Her works include co-curation of the 2015/2016 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture (Hong Kong); designer and producer for exhibitions for the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Royal Institute of British Architects, Asia Art Archive and the award winning project West Kowloon Mobile M+: Moving Images.

Asian New Force Category

Chan Chi-wa Ernest, film critic, Executive Committee Member and former President (2012-2015) of the Hong Kong Film Critics Society. He has served as a FIPRESCI jury member at the Hong Kong International Film Festival and Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, and has been invited to be the first round jury member of the Golden Horse Awards and the final jury member of the Chinese Film Media Awards. He is also the editor of Hong Kong Cinema Retrospective 2012, Sylvia Chang, Filmmaker in Focus (coedited), and In the Mood for Films – 25th Anniversary of Jet Tone Films (co-edited).

Katherine Lee, a seasoned film executive in Asia with over 20 years of industry experience. She started her career in production in 1992, then she worked as a production coordinator for Sylvia Chang. Subsequently she joined Fortissimo Film Sales, Filmko Pictures and later We Distribution, building profound international experience. Lee is highly regarded for her work with prominent filmmakers including Peter Chan, Derek Yee, Jacob Cheung, Daniel Lee and Ann Hui. From 2002-2014, she has been instrumental in the sales, distribution and co-production of films ranging from award-winning blockbusters like The Warlords, Bodyguards and Assassins and Wu Xia to high profile independent films such as Dearest, July Rhapsody and The Floating Landscape.

Edith Chiu was Programme Manager at Hong Kong Arts Centre, Assistant Director at Broadway Cinematheque, Editor at Hong Kong Film Archive, and Manager of the Hong Kong Film Critics Society. She sat on the FIPRESCI jury at the International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg, Hong Kong International Film Festival and the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival. She is currently Film Programming Manager at UA CineHub.

Shen Ko-shang, born 1972 in Taipei, is currently Director of Taipei Film Festival. He has made drama films, documentaries, experimental films and commercials. He first made his name with his graduation project Layover in 1999, and after that he has made many award-winning titles. His shorts Bus Odyssey (2012) and A Nice Travel (2013) were selected for Berlin and Cannes respectively. A Rolling Stone (2013) won the Grand Prize, Best Documentary and Best Editing at the Taipei Film Awards, as well as Best Director for the non-drama category at the Golden Bell Awards. Currently he is working on Double Happiness Limited, winning proposal at CNEX Chinese Doc Forum, and also preparing for the drama film Songs of the Siren which won at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Project Promotion.

Simon Chung is a graduate of Toronto’s York University, majoring in film production. Since his return to Hong Kong, he had worked at various capacities in the local film and television industry. As an independent filmmaker, his short films Life is Elsewhere (1996), Stanley Beloved (1998), and First Love and Other Pains (1999), and his features Innocent (2005), End of Love (2008), and Speechless (2011), have all received much critical acclaim at film festivals locally and abroad, and has earned him several awards. His latest work I Miss You When I See You will be completed in 2017. He is a founding member of the Hong Kong independent film distributor Ying E Chi, and serves as the chairman of its Board of Directors.

Asian New Force Category Pre-selection Panel

Cheng Chuen-wai, filmaholic who works with words, currently Executive Committee member of the Hong Kong Film Critics Society (HKFCS). His works can be found on Hong Kong Economic Journal, Takungpao, and the website of HKFCS.

Simon Chung
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Eric Hui started his bicycle tour eight years ago. His directorial works Kou and Jordy and Jordy & Kou were awarded a Bronze Awardat the 8th ifva and Distinguished Award at the 9th ifva respectively. He participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus of the 54th Berlinale. He worked as the cinematographer of indie film Love on the Road and Chinese/ Japanese co-produced film Summer Vacation of Greens. He co-wrote the novelette A Lovely Hole (Kubrick, 2011) with Cat Ha. He worked as the editing director for Mainland short film The Rivers of Babylon (2012), an official selection of the 63rd Berlinale.