2019 Official Selection & Screening Schedule

Screening takes place on June 18 from 7PM until 11PM at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, Hongkong. Admission is free of charge BUT only accessible by personal invitation. Mail your name and number of seats to: info@hongkongfilmfestival.com.


Diva & Astro (United States) by Angel Barroeta

A streetwise posse idly roams the evening in the hood they call home. Diva and Astro follow parallel paths in real time, hurtling irrevocably toward the consequences of the habits they find hardest to overcome.
Duration: 00:08:43

Theory of Relativity (Hong Kong) by Yiannis Biliris

Reflection in photography is one of the most inseparable tool of the creator, disrupting the reality to create his own world. We screen how these reflections work in video and, more interesting, in motion.
Duration: 00:03:25

Onikuma (Italy) by Alessia Cecchet

Onikuma is Japanese yokai, a demon bear known for chasing horses. Surrounded by a foreign landscape, two women will understand that demons can come in different forms.
Duration: 00:12:02

Make Up Your Mind (Hong Kong) by Miguel Badiola Borje

"Make Up Your Mind" is an art film dedicated to the Filipinos of Hong Kong. We all have a choice to value the people in our lives as they deserve. But who gets to decide their worth?
Duration: 00:02:36

Shooting Crows (Switzerland) by Christine Hürzeler

A park in the fog. Crows flap and caw in the sky. A homeless man sleeps between the trees. Now and then a crow is shot: as a deterrent. The crows rally after every shot. A woman disappears. The police gather evidence. What is really going on? Are reality and imagination slowly blurring?
Duration: 00:20:00

Salt Water (United States) by Abe Abraham

Dance-film set to the seismographic recordings of the earth's vibrations.
Duration: 00:05:45

River of Oedipus (China) by Yu Daxiong

On the surface level, it seems that this movie simply tells the story of a procuress who was on her way bring back the runaway singing girl, being killed by a hatchet man, the one (boatman) who was involved in trafficking women for the upper class, after she saw through his tricks. In fact, what is implying in this movie is that the procuress shared the same fate as the singing girl. When she was at her age, she was also forced to be parted from her son, who she left a jade pendant to, hoping that she might recognize him in days to come. However, it turned out at last that the boatman was her lost son.
Duration: 00:19:57

Cycle/Lake (Portugal) by João Tenera

Duration: 00:01:10

Rhizoma (Belgium) by Santiago Pérez Rodríguez

Hounds and transmission towers. Frequencies of flesh and electric howls. A disturbing atmosphere where the animal, the organic and the industrial blend.
Duration: 00:03:00

Lil' Tiger (Hong Kong) by Nicola Fan

On her first day out of juvenile detention centre, Lil' Tiger's hope for a quiet night takes a contrasting turn...
Duration: 00:15:46


Dispersion (Switzerland) by BASILE VUILLEMIN

A man uses an automated funeral homes company to bury his mother.
Duration: 00:08:26

Reading wild lands (dispersal 6-18-048-02 W5) (Canada) by Alana Bartol

Iron filings and magnets become tools of divination as a dowser conducts a site reading of a drill cuttings sample from an abandoned oil well in Alberta, Canada.
Duration: 00:06:57

A Walk (Russian Federation) by Ivan Arkhipov

Discovering the inner myself is similar to supernova. Initially shape is fuzzy, no edges, everything is flowing and unclear. I'm walking down the road of life, and I discover new forms of Myself. Interlacing light and darkness fills me up with experience. Consciousness expands. Misery makes me convex, more versatile, multi-character. In the same time it wakes up an animal inside me, fearful and aggressive, on the prowl in search of prey. I wander around my subconscious, stumbling and falling. Maybe the cross will help me to cleanse, but there are too many temptations around me. They rise up the darkness inside me... And darkness grows and fulfills the spaces. I'm begging the sky to give me an understanding of who am I and what am I living for. Single frame animation made of graphic prints in the art of drypoint engraving. Hand printed with intaglio press. Animation frames are needle etched on the aluminum plates.
Duration: 00:04:40

Passage (Canada) by Henry Colin

Friendship. Life. Loss. Tragedy. The story of brothers Tim and Tyler, growing up in the coastal community of Eastern Passage, as told through the eyes of their friend Luke.
Duration: 00:10:40

Nap With Roger - Paris (United States) by Victor Mignatti

In the concierge’s rooms behind Cafe’ de Flore, Roger the Cat naps and dreams of Dalida, Piaf and Aznavour. An invitation to repose. Relax. You deserve it.
Duration: 00:03:00

MONOLITH (Canada) by Gabriel Bullen

A nonlinear film examining U.S. artist Richard Serra's enigmatic installation, EAST-WEST/WEST-EAST, located deep in the desert of Qatar. The film was shot on one cartridge of Super 8 film, with all edits executed in-camera. The film was screened at the Straight 8 2018 Cannes Selection world premiere, where it was one of only eight films selected globally.
Duration: 00:03:20

Upgrading Happiness (China) by Kwok yee miu

It is a day of Hong Kong after 1997. "Handover" to China represents another instance of colonization. When the freedom is disappearing, and living space is so limited. People in the city embrace technology and desire for happiness. The new model of Hi-tech machine launches every day, and people buy their updates and upgrade to escape from reality. At the end of the story, the citizen deforms becomes the product of an era of Re-colonization.
Duration: 00:03:25

The mind of an artist (United Kingdom) by Xinning Liu

A short animation express Don McCullin’s nightmare of the war and want to escape from the terrible memories.
Duration: 00:01:00

House (Japan) by Atobe Hiroshi

This film is a suggestion for corresponding music and light, material and feelings , mind and evidence. And this film creates as same as the scence that picture makes beatiful memory in human's mind.
Duration: 00:01:00

Cathedral (Hong Kong) by Ivan Li

" It's really something." Raymond Carver A man's journey of self-actualization.
Duration: 00:04:14

Emergence (Australia) by Alex Vivian

In the dense metropolis of Hong Kong, one girl is carving out her definition of freedom. Cheuk Ting is one of Hong Kong's rising basketball stars, yet her drive to succeed must be balanced with the reality of an under-resourced sport for female players. Despite this, her love for the sport and desire to give back does not waver, it only serves to push her harder.
Duration: 00:03:00

Reduction Study (Ping Pong) (United States) by Joanna Tam

Reduction Study (Ping Pong) is a result of a research-based investigation into the specifics of foreign accent. As an immigrant who speaks English as a second language in the United States, I am the main subject of this project. In an attempt to understand the concept of reducing one's native accent and learn to speak like an American, I am using my body as a tool to research and experiment by enrolling myself to an accent reduction class. Could I really get rid of the trace of my mother tongue? What aspect of my speech makes me sound foreign to Americans? How would I feel if I realize I am unable to speak like a native and to assimilate to the local culture? Besides taking the class, I have interviewed linguists, accent coaches and students to learn more about what an accent really is and the reasons people want to lose their foreign accents. The ping pong balls in the video are symbols for communication and miscommunication. The voice-over in the video is based on the findings of my research and my experience as an accent reduction class student. It also serves as a critique of racial stereotyping, hegemony as well as cultural globalization and standardization.
Duration: 00:07:09

Flood (Germany) by Malte Stein

A dirty lake bursts its banks and begins to flood the town. At last there´s a good reason to keep the son at home. But in isolation, nightmarish associations start to mix with reality. And whilst outside the world sinks peacefully under water, a domestic apocalypse rages inside.
Duration: 00:09:55

Protozigmatu (United States) by Stephen Rutterford, Teshnakamura

This experimental film is a collaboration between Visual artist Teshnakamura and Filmmaker, Sound artist Stephen Rutterford.
Duration: 00:02:15

Yellow Mountain (China) by Xinyi Yang

Sun Ran struggles to be a painter like her brother. Considering her artistic pursuit and the circumstances of her family, she makes a decision finally.
Duration: 00:09:28

Abstract Concrete (United Kingdom) by Stephan Dilley

Surrealist dystopian vision meets music video meets architecture film meets artist moving image creating a world where concrete becomes alive until it ends in decay.
Duration: 00:02:04

Room 264 (Australia Brodie) by May Rowlands

A woman arrives in an unfamiliar environment and reflects on how she got to be there. As the room comes to life she tells a story about rejecting notions of womanhood and the internal struggle that can lie at the centre of this rejection. She reaches for a sense of self - using a physical langue to expresses emotions that are otherwise ineffable.
Duration: 00:04:32

Pandemia (Hong Kong) by Yiannis Biliris

The messaging. The infinite social media scrolling. People are multitasking between games and the stock market, watching movies whilst skipping continuously 15 seconds ahead - all of this while even crossing the street.
Duration: 00:03:47

Resonance (Hong Kong) by Edouard Tardan

Hong Kong 2050: a beautiful but malfunctioning Android is lost in the narrow dark alleys of the megapolis. When a mysterious robotic engineer from the mighty F corporation offers to help, they must embark on a journey where survival may well be secondary to seeking the meaning of existence.
Duration: 00:15:00

The selected films will compete for the following awards:

Best Narrative Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Experimental Short Film
Best Underground Short Film
Best Music Video
Best Hong Kong Short Film

Film Submissions

The Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival accepts all forms and genres: short films, medium length films, feature films, drama, experimental, comedy, horror, slow cinema, sci fi, fantasy, animation, documentary, ... Go to our Filmfreeway listing to enter your film.


The Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival accept all forms and genres. All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. However, TV, theatrical, online video, other festival, or other distribution outlets that run concurrently or in the same month of the festival may not be eligible for screening. Rough cuts and incomplete projects are not accepted. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each. The festival has the capability to screen BluRay and DVD.

Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of the Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection. If chosen as an official selection, Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival is granted the permission to exhibit the film at the Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival and all associated screenings. Location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decision of the organizers of the Hong Kong Arthouse Film Week. Filmmakers will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival including but not limited to postage or insurance of the film, and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

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