Industry Forum 2023

3 Industry Forum Introduction

Industry Forum 1:

Independent Films: Can They Still Spark Changes?

Date: 17/6 (Sat) 11:00 – 12:30
Venue: Kino, 1/F EATON HK
Panellists: Min Bahadur BHAM, Joe HUANG, Elysa WENDI
Moderator: Sonia WONG

Independent filmmakers, film festivals, funding schemes, and training institutions have all been facing various challenges in recent years, leaving those who seek to express through independent creative practices to wonder: “Can independent films still spark changes?” Possibilities arise from crises. By looking at the experiences of Taiwan and Nepal, let us be inspired and turn limitations into expressions of creativity.

Industry Forum 2:

Once Upon a Time, I was a First-Time Filmmaker

Date: 18/6 (Sun) 11:00 – 12:30
Venue: Kino, 1/F EATON HK
Panellists: Aditya ASSARAT, LIAO Jiekai, Flora TANG
Moderator: Jun LI

As a first-time filmmaker, the determination to create a film that is entirely one’s own, and the willingness to exhaust all possible means to make it happen, is a critical, often daunting and almost once-in-a-lifetime experience. Yet upon tasting success, one may too easily lose sight of their original vision. For this year’s forum, we have the pleasure to invite director Aditya ASSARAT from Thailand and LIAO Jiekai from Singapore, as well as producer Flora TANG, who has produced many new directorial works from Hong Kong to delve into the stories of emerging filmmakers, with the hope of inspiring those who are seeking their first opportunity to create and share their unique visions.

Industry Forum 3:

Sundance, and the Next Sundance

Date: 18/6 (Sun) 14:30 – 16:30
Venue: Kino, 1/F EATON HK
Panellists: Ash HOYLE, Bridey ELLIOTT, Fransiska PRIHADI (Cika), Kiki FEBRIYANTI
Moderator: Sonia WONG

The Sundance Film Festival stands tall as one of the world’s most significant celebrations of independent cinema. Founded by Robert Redford in 1984, it has discovered countless filmmakers over the past 40 years. How has this venerable institution managed to stay youthful and relevant across its four-decade existence? How has it continued to attract and showcase fresh perspectives and cutting-edge technologies from around the globe? In Asia, the future of cinema beckons, with Indonesia’s Minikino Film Week rising up on the island of Bali to connect local talent and resources, organise film festivals, and promote compelling short films. For the new generation of filmmakers, what should the film festivals of the future look like?


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