The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO) supported the screening of seven Hong Kong films at the 22nd Fantasia International Film Festival held from July 12 to August 1 in Montreal. In particular, HKETO is proud to present the world premiere of “Big Brother”, which is a closing film and a highlight of the festival.
Speaking before the screening of “Big Brother” on August 1, Director of HKETO, Miss Kathy Chan, introduced Hong Kong’s vibrant film industry to the audience. “Hong Kong has a lot of film talent. Over the past few decades, many Hong Kong actors, directors, cinematographers and producers have become household names at global level by producing a large number of high quality movies. In the past ten years alone, Hong Kong movies and film talent have won more than 300 international awards,” she said.
Miss Chan added that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has been very supportive of the development of Hong Kong film industry. “We finance the production of small-to-medium budget films, provide funding support for the industry to attend film festivals overseas, and subsidise training programmes to help nurture young promising talents for the industry,” she added.
Noting that people in Hong Kong and Canada share a love for movies, she remarked that HKETO would continue to support Hong Kong films to participate in various international film festivals held in Canada, including Fantasia.
Director of the film Mr Kam Ka-wai also attended the screening to introduce the film and answer questions from the audience.
The other Hong Kong films at the Festival included “Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings”, “Five Finger of Death (a.k.a. King Boxer)”, “The Blonde Fury”, “The Brink”, “The Oily Maniac” and “The Unity of Heroes”.
During the stay in Montreal, Miss Chan also called on Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Montreal, Mr Chen Xue-ming, to update him on the latest developments of Hong Kong and discuss issues of mutual interest.