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39th HKIFF Honors Filmmakers with Awards of Five Competition Sections

At the Awards Gala at MOKO, the 39th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) revealed the winning films for five award categories, namely the Young Cinema Competition, the Documentary Competition, the Short Film Competition, the FIPRESCI Prize and the SIGNIS Award, in recognition of filmmakers’ outstanding achievement. The Awards Gala is the festival’s main awards event and attracts wide attention and support.

Each competition was judged by an independent jury, consisting of renowned industry figures such as Mohsen MAKHMALBAF – Iranian director, Sandra NG – local actress, Jonathan ROSENBAUM – film critic and Chris LEE – renowned producer.

Click here to see photos of the awards ceremony!

List of Winners

Young Cinema Competition
Firebird Award – Sworn Virgin
Jury Prize – K
Special Mention – The Coffin in the Mountain

Documentary Competition
Firebird Award – I am the People
Jury Prize – A Young Patriot

Short Film Competition
Firebird Award – Listen
Jury Prize – A Blue Room
Special Mention – Leidi


SIGNIS Award – River Road
Special Mention – Phoenix

List of Jurors

Young Cinema Competition
Mohsen MAKHMALBAF, Jonathan ROSENBAUM, Sandra NG, and Chris LEE

Documentary Competition
WAN Jen, Chris FUJIWARA, and WONG Bik-wan

Short Film Competition
FUJIOKA Asako, Heinz HERMANNS and CHAN Chui Hing, Nose

Bérénice REYNAUD, CHANG Yen-Tuo, and Joyce YANG

Ninfa WATT, Nancy WANG, and Mary Mee-Yin YUEN