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NYC festival shines light on
Hong Kong's emerging filmmakers

HKETONY Director Steve Barclay speaks at the opening-night reception of the Hong Kong Contemporary Film Festival.

New York City’s first Hong Kong Contemporary Film Festival was held from April 22-24 with the aim of engaging overseas audiences in rediscovering Hong Kong through the works of a younger generation of filmmakers.

Speaking at the opening-night reception, Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York (HKETONY) Steve Barclay expressed hope that the festival would help promote closer arts-and-culture ties between Hong Kong and the U.S.

Highlighting Hong Kong’s role as a “super-connector” and its broad support for the film and entertainment industry, Mr. Barclay cited the first Hong Kong-U.S. joint venture between Warner Brothers Entertainment, Hong Kong’s TVB and China Media Capital, as well as other Hong Kong government initiatives that support young filmmakers, including the Film Development Fund, the First Feature Film Initiative and the Film Production Grant Scheme.

The three-day festival, sponsored by HKETONY,  featured seven short films and two feature-length documentaries as well as several video art pieces by 15 emerging filmmakers.

HKETONY Director Steve Barclay (center) takes in the film festival, which was held over three days and featured the works of young filmmakers from Hong Kong.


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