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Fresh Wave 2015 – International Short Film Festival Ignites Creativity of Local Youngs Film Directors Director Masato Harada’s “Kakekomi” as the Opening Film

Fresh Wave 2015 – International Short Film Festival, organised by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC), will be held from 7 to 20 December at the Broadway Cinematheque. Tickets are now available.

The 14-day Festival comprises 70 short films, including 34 entries from the Local Competition Section and 26 selected overseas short films and 9 from previous editions of Fresh Wave. To mark the opening of the Festival, renowned Japanese director Mr. Masato Harada will officiate the opening ceremony with his latest film “Kakekomi” as the opening film. Mr. Harada will also host a master class during the Festival.

Fresh Wave 2015 consists of two sections: Local Competition and International Short Film Festival. At the Local Competition (Open and Student Divisions), 34 shortlisted entrants have each produced a short film of 5-25 minutes in six months to compete for awards of “Best Film”, “Best Creativity”, “Best Script” and “Best Cinematography” in both divisions. The awardees will then compete for the grand prize “Fresh Wave Award”. Prof. Ian Christie (Anniversary Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck, University of London), Mr. Ichiyama Shozo (Programme Director of Tokyo FILMeX) and Ms. Ruby Yang (Hong Kong veteran filmmaker) are invited to be the chief adjudication panelists.

Innovative themes to demonstrate the plurality of local culture

Participating short films are grouped under 13 different themes. They are “Battle Jungle” and “Outside In which are about good-evil-rivals, “ALL You Need Is FXXK” and “You Seem Like Fun” about erotic liberation, “The Dumps Family”, “Stranger in Global Village”, “I Am NOT Nobody” and “The Secret Life of Bitter Lonely” discussing conflicts between generations, “Attack On Satan: The End of The War” and “Tyranny Runner: On The Side Of The Egg” focusing on social issues, “Youth Wars: The Four Awakens” and “Happy Seeker And The Lover Of Secrets” on puppy love, and “The Dreamer Games: Shocking-fate” on how to make your dreams come true. (For details please refer to Appendix 1)

Nurturing Local Filmmakers   Ignites Creativity

With an aim to nurture Hong Kong young filmmakers, the HKADC launched “Fresh Wave Short Film Competition” in 2005, which provided creative talents an opportunity to gain experience and showcase their works. It is also the first short film competition in the city that offers financial subsidy and mentorship. This year, Fresh Wave has invited 12 film veterans to be mentors of the participants. They are 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.

Box office enquiry:2388 0002(Broadway Cinematheque) Official Festival website:http://www.freshwave.hk 
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