Since its inception in 2005, the Fresh Wave Short Film Competition organised by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) aims to promote the development of film creations in Hong Kong. To further inspire young local filmmakers and encourage cinematic cultural exchanges, the HKADC started to organise the Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival in 2010.
The Fresh Wave 2015 – International Short Film Festival was held from 7 to 20 December 2015, screened 70 works in Broadway Cinematheque. Japanese film director, Mr. Masato Harada was invited as the officiating guest at the Opening Ceremony, with his work, “Kakekomi”, being selected as the opening film. He also met and shared his valuable experience with audiences in the master class.
There were altogether 34 participating teams in the Open and Student Divisions of the Local Competition section. Various veteran filmmakers were invited as mentors to provide professional ideas to the participating teams. They include Chan Hing-kai, Gypsy Chang, Mable Cheung, Jimmy Choi, Honkaz Fung, Alex Lai, Lawrence Lau, Alex Law, Jessey Tsang, Herman Yau, Yau Nai-hoi and Ying Liang.
The Chief Adjudication Panel was formed by Prof. Ian Christie, Anniversary Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck, University of London; Mr. Shozo Ichiyama, Programme Director of Tokyo FILMeX and Ms. Ruby Yang, awardee of the Academy Award for the Best Documentary – Short Subject. The award-winning films were announced at the “Fresh Wave 10th Anniversary Cum Award Presentation Ceremony” on 20 December.
Apart from the competition entries, the Festival screened 26 works selected from International Short Film Festival Berlin from Germany, PIA Film Festival from Japan, Golden Harvest Awards, Kaohsiung Film Festival from Taiwan and the International Association of Film and Television Schools (CILECT). Four young overseas film directors were invited to visit Hong Kong together with their works.
*Fresh Wave goes independent in 2016 and is operated as a non-profit-making organisation.