Past Jury Panel — The 16th ifva Awards

Open Category

HUI On-wah, Ann IP Yuk-yiu SHEK Kei Lorna TEE Vernie YEUNG  

Youth Category

CHAN Wing-chiu Kit HUNG Adam WONG Heiward MAK Chu Fun  

Animation Category

LAM Kee-to Patrick LIN LO Che-ying Gabriel PANG Toe YUEN  

Interactive Media Category

Bryan CHUNG Winnie FU Endy FUNG Jamsen LAW Scott HESSELS Ryusuke ITO

Asian New Force


Open Category
HUI On Wah, Ann was born in 1947 in Anshan, Manchuria. Ms Ann HUI earned a Master degree in Comparative Literature at The University of Hong Kong and studied filmmaking at the London Film School. Upon her return to Hong Kong she worked in television for four years before turning to features in 1979. After her debut work The Secret she went on to make 23 features including The Story of Wooviet (1981), Boat People (1982), Song of the Exile (1990), Summer Snow (1995), and Ordinary Heroes (1999). She was also involved in the production of several films including Yim Ho’s The Day the Sun Turned Cold (1995).

IP Yuk-Yiu is a media artist, art educator and independent curator. His works have been shown extensively at international festivals including European Media Art Festival (Germany), New York Film Festival (USA), the Image Festival (Canada), VideoBrasil (Brazil) and Transmediale (Germany). He has also lectured extensively on film, video and media art and has taught at Emerson College, Massachusetts College of Art and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Currently he is Associate Professor and the Master of Fine Arts Program Leader at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. His recent works explore emergent and computational forms of cinema.

SHEK Kei has been a film critic for Ming Pao Daily for 40 years and an advisor for the Hong Kong International Film Festival for 32 years.  He is a long time member of the board of advisors for the Hong Kong Film Archive, current member of the Hong Kong Film Development Council and a Museum Expert Advisor for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. SHEK Kei had served as a jury member for the Zhuhai Film Festival and Taiwan’s China Times Express Film Awards. In addition, he was a member of the Mass Media Sub-Committee of the Citizens Advisory Committee on Community Relations at the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). Prior to the Handover, he served in the Urban Council’s Film Advisory Committee. He is currently a jury member of the Hong Kong Film Awards. SHEK Kei began his career as an independent filmmaker, and participated in The First Experimental Film Exhibition (organized by the College Life Film Association) in the 1960s, and was a pioneer among the first wave of Hong Kong independent filmmakers. His short films include Dead Knot (which John Woo co-wrote, produced and played the lead in), The Messenger and The Conflict. His film reviews were published by Hong Kong’s Subculture Ltd in 1999 as a series of eight books, two of which were reprinted by Fudan University Press in Shanghai in 2006.

Lorna TEE graduated with a B.Ed from University of Surrey. After graduation, she worked as a theatre practitioner, drama teacher, film producer & arts activist in Malaysia and Singapore. In 2005, she moved to Hong Kong to work with Focus Films where she was the manager for marketing and distribution. Next, she joined Variety as their Business Development Manager and was responsible in the growth of new business in the region. In 2008, she became the General Manager of Irresistible Films, in charge of scouting for film projects and managing the productions. Currently, she is developing a slate of independent and commercial films from Asia and USA. She is also on the board of advisors for Cinemart, Jakarta International Film Festival, Asian Film Awards and Pusan’s Asian Film Market. Amongst her producing credits are The Beautiful Washing Machine, The Shoe Fairy, Rain Dogs, Crazy Stone, My Mother is a Bellydancer, At the end of Daybreak and Lover’s Discourse.

Vernie YEUNG, born in Hong Kong, had moved to London at 15. While studying at St Martin’s College, his work was spotted by Radiohead’s commissioner who helped him sign to RSA (Ridley Scott Associates) Films UK. While studying, Vernie’s first project for RSA was a music video for Faultline’s single Biting Tongues. This was quickly followed up with a short film for Diesel and further music videos for artists such as Kylie, Hong Kong’s own Edison Chen, Eason Chan, Zhou Xun and Josie Ho. Vernie’s first commercial work was 5 ads for Citibank I.T. Visa card in Hong Kong. The films went on to win 10 HK4A awards including gold for best campaign and direction. Vernie’s further work includes campaigns for Netvigator, Canon, Motorola and Cathay Pacific. Back in the UK, Vernie has created work for Sega, Mother of Pearl, and the first global commercial for Sony Bravia. As well as directing music videos and commercials, Vernie has helped spearhead RSAs move into Asia and has recently shot a short film and the cover for Wallpaper Magazine’s September 2010 issue.

Youth Category
Chan Wing-chiu grew up as a film lover. His short film My Son won him an award in the 7th ifva. Besides making films, he is also teaching film appreciation and scripting courses.

Kit HUNG graduated from the MFA programme in the Department of Film, Video and New Media in School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Kit is an ifva alumnus and award winner of the Distinguish Award in 2000. His films have won numerous awards and played at over 100 international film festivals. He has also won Best Director at the 13th LesGaiCineMad, Spain and Best New Director at the Turin LGBT International Film Festival, Italy. His first feature film, Soundless Wind Chime (2009), was nominated for the Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival 2009 and will be released in 13 countries worldwide.

Adam WONG is a Fine Arts graduate of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He started making shorts when he was an exchange student at the University of Iowa, USA. His shorts Fish (1997), Ah Wai & Murphy (1999) and Glowing (2000) were awarded at ifva. His features include When Beckham Met Owen (2004, the Opening Film of the 1st Hong Kong Asian Film Festival and the winner of the Independent Spirits Award) and Magic Boy (2007, nominated for the best new director of the Hong Kong Film Awards). In 2009, together with other 6 Asian directors, he released the collaborative film The Moon of which he directed the short Pinwheel. Adam is also a lecturer of the creative media courses at the School of Design, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity.

Heiward MAK‘s graduation assignment and her first short film, Lovers’ Lover received the Golden Award in the Open Category of the 12th ifva, the International Young Film Makers Award of the 9th Up-and-Coming International Film Festival Hanover and was an official selection of the 14th Women Make Waves Film Festival in Taiwan. Winds of September-the Hong Kong Chapter, High Noon (2008) is her first directorial feature. It received Recommended Movie Award in the 15th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards, and was an official selection of The 32nd Hong Kong International Film Festival, the 27th Vancouver International Film Festival, 27th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival 2009, Cinema Digital Seoul 2008 Film Festival competition section. She has been nominated for Best New Director at the 28th Hong Kong Film Awards and. Her second directorial feature EX- (2009) was the closing film of the 34th Hong Kong International Film Festival.

Chu Fun is a DJ on Commercial Radio CR2. She graduated from the Department of Journalism at the School of Communication at Hong Kong Baptist University. She worked for a time as a decent suit-wearing, long-haired news reporter, and was rumored to be fired because she was too fat for the camera. No longer able to rely on her looks, she began to use her voice instead to earn a living. She now hosts the programs “On a Clear Day” and “Kiss Kiss Kids” . In addition, she is on a personal mission to improve Cantonese pronunciation among the younger generation. Her ultimate goal is to sing children’s songs, buy a yacht and get married to ________.

Animation Category
LAM Kee To, Jason started his career as an animator and illustrator, and then switched to screenplay writing and film critics. He is now a committee member of Hong Kong Screenwriters’ Guild and Hong Kong Film Critics Society. He is also a guest commentator of five weekly radio programmes on film.

Patrick LIN joined Pixar Animation Studios in September 1997 as a Layout Artist on A bug’s Life. For his next project he worked as Layout Sequence Lead on Toy Story 2, and then as Lead Layout Artist on Monsters, Inc. LIN’s work has been a part of three Academy Award®-winning features, the Incredibles as Director of Photography, Ratatouille as Lead Layout Artist and Up as Director of Photography – Camera. He is currently working on a future Pixar project. Raised in Hong Kong, LIN left to attend high school in London, Ontario in Canada at the age of 15. He then came to the Bay Area and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Video from California College of Arts and Crafts. LIN has lived in the Bay Area ever since.

LO Che-ying, Neco worked for RTHK from 1978 to 1996 as an animation designer. From 1977, he has produced a number of independent animations out of his own pocket, including the award-winning works of Hong Kong Independent Short Film Festival and Hiroshima International Animation Festival, such as The Blue Moon, Night of a Sleepy Writer, City of Suicide. Since the 1980s, he has hosted animation courses at Hong Kong Arts Centre, General Education Unit, University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He is currently the honourable member of the Hong Kong Animation Filmmaker Society.

Gabriel PANG has over 15 years of experience in local game industry and comics industry. He is one of the pioneers to develop computer games in Hong Kong since 1999. As the Founder and Managing Director of Firedog Computer Entertainment Limited (aka. Firedog), a leading game developer based in Hong Kong, together with his team, Gabriel has made the award winning game series Cupid Bistro!! and Neverossa. Besides, he is also cooperating with local comic talents, and had published a few popular titles including the award winning title 1520. Gabriel is also the chairman of Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Association since 2008, and the vice president of membership of International Federation of Creativity and Technology.

Toe YUEN, graduated from Communication Department of the Baptist College in 1991, majoring in Film. He had been the chief editor of comics magazine, script-writer, special effects and computer animator. He directed the TV series of McMug Animation since 1997. He directed the TV series of McMug animation since 1997. My Life As McDull (2001) is his debut animation feature, earn ing him the Best Feature Award in Annecy 2003 International Animation Festival. The sequel, Mcdull: Prince de la Bun (2004) received the Best Film Award from the Hong Kong Film Critics Society. In 2008, he made his first live action short film PaperPapa, The Decade of Love (2008). The latest work is CJ7: The Cartoon (2010) produced by Stephen Chow.

Interactive Media Category
Bryan CHUNG Wai-ching was born in Hong Kong and studied locally and in London. Currently an Assistant Professor (interactive art) at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, he focuses primarily on interactive media projects, ranging from CD-ROM, interactive installations to Internet installations. His works have been exhibited widely in Europe and Asia. He also provides consultancy for local interactive media design companies. His latest research areas are on software art and pervasive interactivity.

Winnie FU is Programmer of the Hong Kong Film Archive responsible for film programmes and cultural exchange. Recent publications as editor include Frame After Frame – A Retrospective on Hong Kong Animation (2006) and A Creative Journey with Lung Kong Exhibition Catalogue (2010). She published her first creative novel Cat That Can Read Maps in June 2006. Currently board director of Microwave International New Media Art Festival, part-time lecturer at Hong Kong Art School and attending Master course on “Media Arts History” at Danube University Krems, Austria.

Endy FUNG is the Executive Creative Director of Razorfish HK & China (formerly known as e-Crusade), responsible for new media and integrated advertising campaign for brands like Coca-cola, Nike etc. After nearly 2 decades of exploration between traditional and new media advertising, he still believes that advertising should be leading but not misleading people. Endy has earned over a hundred of local and international advertising awards, and has been the few HK creative person sitting on the interactive judging panels for different international advertising awards. e-Crusade is the only HK agency in the top 20 of Cyber Won Report 2 years in a row (2006, 2007).

Jamsen LAW was born and grew up in Hong Kong. Jamsen’s artistic interests and explorations span from video to theatre and installation arts. His art works have been widely exhibited in Asia, Europe and Americas. Recent years, he has started curating media arts related exhibitions, artist-in-residence and collaborative projects. Jamsen is now teaching at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Scott HESSELS is an internationally recognized filmmaker and media artist who merges cinema with new technologies to create innovative media experiences. Over 30 years, he has released artworks in several different media including film, video, web, music, broadcast, print, kinetic sculpture, and performance. His films have shown in hundreds of international film festivals and his new media installations have been presented in exhibitions around the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, CiberArt in Bilbao, The Ford Presidential Museum, SIGGRAPH, ISEA, and Japan’s Media Art Festival. His works have been included in several books on new media art and magazines like Wired and Discover. His recent projects have mixed film with sensors, robotics, GPS systems, and alternative forms of interactivity and have included partnerships with NASA, The Federal Aviation Administration, Nokia among others. He is currently with City University at the School of Creative Media.

Ryusuke ITO was born in Hokkaido, Japan. Having received his Master’s degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ito is now Associate Professor at Hokkaido University of Education. He has been working on visual pieces and installations concentrated around the materiality of film and the immediateness of video aw a medium. His major works include PLATE series (1999- ) and video installation series REALISTIC VIRTUALITY (2001).

Asian New Force Category
Hitomi HASEGAWA is the founder/director of the Moving Image Archive of Contemporary Art (MIACA Japan). She is currently a visiting researcher at the Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong, after being awarded a grant from the Japanese Government Overseas Program. Since 2000, she has curated several exhibitions in venues including the Mori Art Center Zone in Tokyo, Kunstbuero in Vienna, Kulturhuset and Skulpturenshus in Stockholm, and the ZAIM, Yokohama Japan. She has managed the Japanese artist group The Group 1965 since 1997, and is a member of Free Media Research Lab (fmrl) and Free Art and Technology Tokyo (FAT Tokyo) since 2008. Writings include work for the BE Magazine, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien; “Publicness in Art”, Keio University Art Center; and the Please Disturb! Catalogue of Svenska Forum, Stockholm. HASEGAWA has studied at Konstfack in Stockholm and received an MA in Art Management from Keio University in Tokyo.

Teresa KWONG is a promoter, curator and producer for films and media arts. Currently the Director of the Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards (ifva) and Senior Programme Manager of Hong Kong Arts Centre, she is committed to nurture and promote the next generation of Asian talents in creative media. Miss Kwong has been invited to give presentations and curate programs about Asian independent cinema for oversea festivals/ institutions. Since 2001, she has become a member of NETPAC (Network for Promoters of Asian Cinema) and has been invited to be the NETPAC jury member of the Pusan International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival and Vesoul Asian Film Festival, etc. She is the recipient of Asian Cultural Council (Starr Foundation) fellowship in 2007 while she has residence program at arts organizations specializing in film and media arts.

Maggie LEE is the Asia Head Reviewer for The Hollywood Reporter, Programming Consultant on Asian Films for Tokyo International Film Festival, and International Delegate for Shanghai International Film Festival. She also curates special programs for festivals and museums, including Singapore’s National Museum and independent arts centre The Substation. She lived in Japan for 5 years, during which she worked in programming for Tokyo International Film Festival and Short Shorts Film Festival. Prior to that, she was editor for the Hong Kong International Film Festival and Hong Kong Film Archive. In 2010, she received an award for Contribution to Korean Cinema from the Korean Association of Film Writers and Pusan International Film Festival.

Aruna VASUDEV, Founder-Editor of Cinemaya (1988-2007), Founder-Director of Cinefan, the Cinemaya Festival of Asian Cinema (1999-2005), and Founder-President of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC). She is an author and film critic with a PhD from the University of Paris. She started out as a filmmaker before turning to writing on cinema. She is the author of two books on Indian cinema and editor and co-editor of several books on Indian and Asian cinema. She has won a number of awards for her work and has been member, or president, of more than 40 international juries.

CHENG Hsiao-tse graduated from the Taipei National University of the Arts with a Masters of Fine Arts in filmmaking, specializing in film directing. numbers (2005), which won him Best Director Award at the Global Chinese University Student Film and TV Festival, and was nominated for best short film at the Asia Pacific Film Festival and the Taipei Film Festival. His first feature Miao Miao (2008) was screened in the A Window on Asian Cinema section of the Pusan International Film Festival and the Generation 14 Plus section of the Berlin International Film Festival, and was selected to be the opening film of the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival. Close to You (2010)was nominated for Best Screenplay, Best Male and Female Lead Actor Awards at the Macau International Film Festival.