Jury Panel – The 23rd ifva Awards

Open Category

Fruit Chan Winnie Tsang Adrian Chow Mary Wong Chan Hing-kai

Youth Category

Adam Wong Wong Chun Andrew Choi 6@RubberBand Tsang Tsui-shan Anthony Fung

Animation Category

Lo Che-ying Elphonso Lam Tamás Waliczky Wong Ying Liu Jian Victor Wong

Media Art Category

Bryan Chung Ip Yuk-yiu Ng Tsz-kwan Ulanda Blair Gao Shiqiang

Asian New Force Category

Patrick Suen Vincent Chui Ying Liang Tom Lin

Open Category

Fruit Chan is a Hong Kong director and independent producer whose Made in Hong Kong galvanised the Hong Kong independent film scene in 1997. The film won him Best Director at the Hong Kong Film Awards and the Golden Horse Awards, before garnering numerous prizes overseas. He went on to complete his 1997 Trilogy, which includes The Longest Summer (1998) and Little Cheung (1999). His Durian Durian (2000) was named Best Film by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society, and won him Best Screenwriter at the Hong Kong Film Awards. In 2002, Hollywood Hong Kong won him Best Director at the Golden Horse. His recent works include The Midnight After (2014) and Kill Time (2016).

Winnie Tsang is a veteran film distributor. She was the General Manager of Panasia Films Limited and later a Director of Golden Harvest Entertainment (Holdings) Limited from 1989 to 1998. She founded Golden Scene Company Limited in 1998 and immediately transformed long shots like Ring and Quill into box office miracles. Tsang has also ventured into film production since 2007. She was a founding Director of the Motion Picture Industry Association (MPIA) from 1989 to 2003, and a member of the Film Development Council from 2011 to 2017.

Adrian Chow, non-practicing solicitor, music producer specialising in melody and lyrics writing as well as music arrangement. Founder of independent music label Ban Ban Music Ltd, and notably recognised as record producer for pop artist Kay Tse. Chow formerly served as senior executive on copyright and operations with international music publishing companies and local music groups. Chow ran in 2016 for LegCo election via the Sports, Performing Arts, Culture & Publication functional constituency, and Election Committee Subsector election via Culture Subsector, losing tightly in both instances. His musical work Hillwood Road was awarded the Best Melody and CASH Best Song awards in 2016 CASH Golden Sail Music Awards. Now he is a Council Member of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and the Chairman of Music Group thereof.

Mary Wong received her doctoral degree from the Department of Comparative Literature at The University of Hong Kong, and is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Chinese at Lingnan University, where she also serves as the Associate Director of The Centre for Humanities Research. Her research encompasses literature and film, Hong Kong culture and literature and comparative literature. Her recent publications include Rational Playfulness: From Kafka Onwards (2015), Feminine Writing: Film, Literature and Life (2014), Hong Kong Cinema and Literature: Writer, Film and Adaptation (2013). She had served as the co-producer and literature consultant on 1918: Liu Yi Chang (2015) and East and West: Yesi (2015), two documentaries from the “They write on islands” series.

Chan Hing-kai is a well-known writer, scriptwriter and director who pens regular columns in various magazines and newspapers in Hong Kong. He collaborated frequently with Lawrence Cheng, and together they created the “Yuppie Fantasia” series of comedies that revealed and satirised the psychology and behaviour of Hong Kong men in the 1980s and 1990s. He also wrote the script for A Better Tomorrow, which propelled John Woo to global stardom. He won the Best Screenplay Award at the Hong Kong Film Awards for Beast Cops, and the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award’s Best Screenplay for Jiang hu: The Triad Zone. Chan has crafted screenplays on a wide variety of subjects and his prolific output as a screenwriter has earned him widespread respect from film professionals.

Youth Category

Adam Wong started to make short films with facilities at University of Iowa when he was an exchange student there. Many of his later works were awarded at ifva. His short films include:Glowing (2000), Pinwheel (2008), Secret Taste (2012), Our Playground (2015) and Assignment (2016), etc. His feature films include: When Beckham Met Owen (2004), Magic Boy (2007), The Way We Dance (2013) and She Remembers, He Forgets (2015). In 2017, he made the documentary The Way Out for UNICEF Hong Kong. In 2013, he was invited to be the voice-actor for the protagonist of Hayao Miyazaki’s animation The Wind Rises. He also teaches courses on creative media at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Hong Kong Baptist University. Currently he is planning the sequel of The Way We Dance.

Wong Chun graduated from the School of Creative Media of the City University of Hong Kong in 2011, majoring in Cinematic Arts. His short film 6th March was nominated for the Best Live Action Short Film at the 49th Golden Horse Awards, and won the Gold Award at ifva and Best Screenplay at the Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival. He worked as a scriptwriter afterwards. His project Mad World was selected in 2014 under the first edition of the First Feature Film Initiative, supported by the Hong Kong Film Development Council. This debut feature of his won him Best New Director at the 53rd Golden Horse Awards, Best Director at the 23rd Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards and Best New Director at the 36th Hong Kong Film Awards.

Andrew Choi graduated from China Graduate School of Theology with a Master in Divinity; Regent University with a Master of Arts in Communication, majoring in TV & Film Production; and University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science. Andrew has many years of experience in media-related work, including digital media, video and film production. He was involved in short film festival for young filmmakers, helping to develop talented young filmmakers. He produced documentary films Fading Marketplaces and Move with the Times, and was the Executive Producer of Ten Years, the Best Film winner at the 35th Hong Kong Film Awards.

6@RubberBand graduated from the School of Journalism and Communication of The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2002. After graduation, he joined the television division of RTHK as a production assistant. Since joining RubberBand, he began producing music videos for his own band and for other singers, e.g. Hacken Lee. His MV work “Band” (RubberBand) was awarded at The Hong Kong Music Video Awards 2015.

Tsang Tsui-shan, Best New Director winner at the 31st Hong Kong Film Award 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.

Anthony Fung, Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Professor at Beijing Normal University’s Art and Media College under China’s Thousand Talents Plan. He teaches courses on popular culture, creativity and new media while his research encompasses popular culture, cultural studies, cultural and creative industries policy, gender studies and youth culture as well as new media. His latest publications include Hong Kong Gaming Industry: Cultural Policy and East Asian Rivalry (2017), Global Game Industries and Cultural Policy (2016), Chinese Youth Culture (2016) and Asian Popular Culture: the Global (Dis)continuity (2013).

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.

Elphonso Lam, manga artist, musician, storyboard artist, graphic designer, toys designer, fashion designer, columnist and talk show host. His painting styles are sometimes refreshing and sometimes youthful, with a special fondness in painting young girls. His famous works include Jam and Super Seven.

Tamás Waliczky, Hungarian, born in Budapest in 1959. Computer animator, media artist, professor at School of Creative Media of the City University of Hong Kong. His works won numerous international awards, including the Golden Nica Prix at Ars Electronica. Works have been shown in renowned festivals and exhibitions worldwide, including the Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH, Lyon Biennale, etc., and are in the permanent collection of different museums such as the Pompidou Center Paris. Before joining the City University, he was a member of the research staff of ZKM Institute for Visual Media in Germany and artist-in-residence at IAMAS in Gifu of Japan.

Wong Ying received his education in Canada, majoring in art and computer animation. In the 1980s, he was invited by Tsui Hark to return to Hong Kong and work on film art direction, scriptwriting and visual design. He then taught at Hong Kong Baptist University for years. In the 1990s, Wong collaborated with the United Filmmakers Organization (UFO) on computer animation, visual effects and film production, and his works have been nominated for Golden Horse Awards. Meanwhile, he was also involved in website design projects. In 2007, he worked as the Olympic equestrian event’s Sport Presentation Manager and was responsible for various design items at the Olympic venue. Currently he focuses on large-scale nihonga, scriptwriting and visual effects production, and teaches part-time for the Master’s programme at the Hong Kong Baptist University.

Liu Jian

Victor Wong is an award-winning visual effects director. Graduated with an BSEE from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1989, he has been pioneering in digital creative media since the early 90’s. He has produced over 800 TV commercials and designed visual effects for near 100 feature films, making his name for his visionary treatment in designs. His works have also won him numerous international and local design awards. He created a TV Commercial for The Hong Kong Jockey Club in 2014, transforming master Xu Beihong’s ink horses into 3D animation, and this inspired him to work on holographic ink-paintings, sculptures and installations since then. He presented his works at his solo exhibition “A Holographic Journey, 2D, 2.5D, 3D Inkscape” in 2015.

Media Art Category

Bryan Chung is an interactive media artist and design consultant. He was the Grand Prize winner of the Japan Media Arts Festival (Art Division) in 2015. In 2009, his consultation work Coca Cola Happy Whistling Machine won the Media Kam Fan Advertising Award. Chung’s works have been exhibited at the World Wide Video Festival, Multimedia Art Asia Pacific, Stuttgart Film Winter Festival, Microwave International New Media Arts Festival and the China Media Art Festival. Chung studied computer science in Hong Kong, interactive multimedia in London, and software art in Melbourne. He also develops software libraries for the popular open source programming language Processing. He is an author and currently an Associate Professor at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, where he teaches subjects on interactive arts, computer graphics, and multimedia.

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.

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 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.

Ulanda Blair joined M+ in 2016 as Curator, Moving Image. Before that she was Curator at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne, where she curated many exhibitions across contemporary art, film, and television. She was also a co-curator of the international touring show DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition, coordinating curator of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s exhibition Hollywood Costume, and coordinating curator of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition William Kentridge: Five Themes. She began her arts career at the Melbourne-based gallery and studio complex, Gertrude Contemporary. She has completed curatorial residencies at both the Echigo-Tsumari Triennale and the Setouchi Triennale in Japan, and is a writer for various international art publications.

Gao Shiqiang was born in 1971 in Weifang, Shandong Province. He is currently Associate Professor and supervisor to Master’s degree students at the China Academy of Art, and also heads the Experimental Art Department of the School of Intermedia Art as well as the Spatial Images Research Institute. Since the 1990s, Gao has been involving in the creation and research of situational sculptures, installations and experimental images. Starting from the 2000s, he has shifted his attention to moving images, focusing on the research and creation of narratives in spatial images.

Asian New Force Category

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 International Short Film Festival. His film reviews appear in Ming Pao Weekly and City Magazine, and he also has a column in Sky Post and Headline Daily and hosts radio programmes for RTHK. He is an advisor to AFA in 2016.

Vincent Chui graduated from Communications Arts Department of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He co-founded Ying E Chi in 1997, which is a Hong Kong independent film collective to promote and distribute independent productions. He made his first feature film Leaving in Sorrow in 2001, and his second feature Fear of Intimacy (2004) was in competition at the Moscow International Film Festival. His most recent film was Fig (2013). Chui produced Yellowing which was nominated for Golden Horse Award in 2016. Currently as Artistic Director of Ying E Chi, he also programmes the Hong Kong Independent Film Festival. He is also a part-time lecturer at the Academy of Film of the Hong Kong Baptist University.

Ying Liang is an independent film director. His films include Taking Father Home, Condolences, When Night Falls and A Sunny Day.

Tom Lin grew up in Taiwan and the Unites States, giving him the ability to communicate fluently in both Chinese and English. His bilingual ability has also influenced his works; his films all carry a distinctive mix of cultural backgrounds. Tom started working in the Taiwanese film industry in 2002 after receiving his Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts. In 2005, Lin directed his breakthrough short film, The Pain of Others and in 2008, his award-winning first feature film Winds of September. He followed it in 2012 with Starry Starry Night, an adaptation from Jimmy Liao’s famous illustration book, and in 2015 with the critically acclaimed Zinnia Flower.