About Us

Organised by Hong Kong Arts Centre, ifva is an Incubator for Film and Visual media in Asia (formerly the Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards).

Founded in 1995, ifva serves as a platform that actively promotes and encourages creative talents in Asia, making short films, videos, animation and media art. With a cutting-edge vision and highlight independent spirit, ifva has evolved to promote different visual cultures while exploring the boundless potential of creative media. In addition to the annual competition and festival, ifva curates a host of programmes under two initiatives, “Cultivation” and “Engagement”.  By connecting creative communities all over the world, ifva aims to engage everyone in the art of creation. ifva is also a core event of Entertainment Expo Hong Kong.

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ifva Awards – Clash of the Indies

  • The ifva competition welcomes short films, videos, animation and media art.
  • The competition is divided into several categories, including Open, Youth, Animation, Media Art and Asian New Force.
  • Results are announced at the ifva Awards Presentation Ceremony every March.

ifva Festival – Feast for the Eyes

  • Held in March every year, the ifva Festival draws from both local and international creative media to showcase a variety of short films.
  • Together with the award ceremony, master classes, live performances, media art exhibitions, screenings and discussions, it helps unleash the creative power of all.

Cultivation – Nurture for the Future

  • Unearth creative talents for continuous cultivation and development
  • Make a “creative partner” with various institutions and co-organise the commissioned programme “greenlab”; introduce local creative works to the world via distribution; develop ifvasupported projects that help actualise the production plans of both established and new artists; and launch ifva previews of the latest works of previous awardees, as well as other sharing and promotion programmes
  • Cultivate a fertile ground for the creativity of budding and professional artists to bear fruit

Engagement – Break the Walls, Art for All

  • Activate the creative potential in our society, beginning with community participation and education
  • engage ethnic minorities and other socially marginalised groups in the creative workshop “All About Us”; conduct “Community Tours” at primary schools, secondary schools and tertiary institutions; and assemble young image/video artists with “ifva+“, salon gatherings and outreach activities alike, thus effectively allowing people from all walks of life to experience the joy of creation, and realising their immense potential and right to self-expression through the medium of film.