ASEAN Film Festival: An immersive journey into Southeast Asia’s cinematic diversity

The ASEAN FILM FESTIVAL 2023 Finale will feature a special screening event Awarded Indonesian film 'Before, Now and After’ at Hong Kong Palace Museum

Hong Kong, August 23, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Hong Kong and ASEAN countries share a rich history of cooperation in trade relations and cultural exchange spanning decades. Recognizing the importance of regional cultural diversity, the Hong Kong-ASEAN Foundation organized the inaugural ASEAN Film Festival (AFF) from August 4 to 19, with 21 film screenings. The 2023 finale was marked by a closing screening at the Hong Kong Palace Museum in the West Kowloon Cultural District.


The opening ceremony of the ASEAN Film Festival was marked by a closing screening at the Hong Kong Palace Museum in the West Kowloon Cultural District. Mr Kevin YEUNG Yun-hung, Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism of the HKSAR (centre), Mr Muhammad Neil El Himam, Undersecretary for Digital Economy and Creative Products at Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy (sixth left), and Mr Daryl Ng, Hong Kong-ASEAN The President of the Foundation (sixth from right), stand with the Consul Generals or Representatives of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Support.

The special event was attended by special guests including Honorable Mr. Kevin YEUNG Yun-hung, GBS, JP, Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Mr. Muhammad Neil El Himam, Vice President Digital. Economy and creative products in of Indonesia Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Mr Daryl NgSBS, JP, Chairman of the Hong Kong-ASEAN Foundation, Mr. Bernard Charnwood Chan, GBM, GBS, JP and Mr. Daniel Fung, SBS, SC, KC, JP. Consul Generals or Representatives Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand And VietnamChambers of Commerce, Asia Society Hong Kong Centre, M+, SKY (Olympian City), Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Invest Hong Kong and our Hong Kong Foundation, along with representatives from supporting organizations offered their support and participation. In the evening festivities.

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Hong Kong is an ideal connector for fostering deeper collaboration and exchange within the creative sector

KEVIN YEUNG Yun-hung, GBS, JP, HKSAR’s Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism said, „I would like to thank the Hong Kong-ASEAN Foundation for organizing the ASEAN Film Festival. From Southeast Asia For Hong Kong visitors, the festival accelerates cultural exchange, which echoes our strategic direction in promoting development. Hong Kong As an East-West Center for International Cultural Exchange as outlined in the National 14th Five Year Plan. HKSRAR is committed to promoting government development Hong Kong The film industry, our premier creative industry, to audiences around the world. We encouraged the Hong Kong film industry to actively participate in various international film festivals, to promote new contacts with overseas film communities, and to maintain Hong Kong’s position as a well-established and important center in the Asian film industry with our rich cultural history and diverse history. Unique movie offerings.”

The finale celebrates cross-cultural exchange with a special film screening

ASEAN FILM FESTIVAL 2023 finals featured a special screening of Indonesian award-winning film 'Before, Now and After’. „The Indonesian film industry has a long history of using film as a medium to raise important social issues and connect with audiences. 'Before, Now and After’ by Director Camilla Andini A period drama film set against the backdrop of the upheavals of the late 1960s Indonesia. I hope people can have a better understanding of Indonesian culture through this film,” said Muhammad Neel El Himam, vice president for digital economy and creative products. of Indonesia Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. “Hong Kong, as an international hub Asia, it is an ideal place to connect cross-regional cultures and create better understanding among neighboring countries. Cinema is only one tool, and I believe there is potential for greater collaboration between Hong Kong, Indonesia and other ASEAN countries through such multi-cultural platforms.”

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Inaugural Film Festival Strengthens Hong Kong-ASEAN Cultural Ties

„ASEAN and Hong Kong enjoy decades of enduring and deep-rooted partnerships,” says Mr. Daryl Ng, SBS, JP, Chairman of the HK-ASEAN Foundation. „Such partnerships are highlighted by the Chief Executive’s highly successful visit to ASEAN countries last month. Through the ASEAN Film Festival, we want to provide Hong Kong audiences with ASEAN’s rich cinematic tapestry and promote a deeper understanding of each other’s cultures. This is a testament to Hong Kong’s strength in the creative industries and our role as a bridge connecting ASEAN and the mainland.” A celebration. China.”

Throughout the two weeks of the film festival, more than 600 young people were invited to screenings of 14 special films. Mr Ng continues, „I hope these young people enjoyed exploring the richness and depth of ASEAN cultures and that the festival will inspire more collaborations and partnerships. AFF is only possible with the unwavering support and cooperation of ASEAN embassies. Hong Kong. My sincere thanks for their invaluable contributions, and I would also like to thank our esteemed partners including Asia Society Hong Kong Centre, M+, Sky (Olympian City), Hong Kong Business Development Council, Invest Hong Kong, Our Hong Kong. Kong Foundation and all Chambers and Associations for joining us on this journey.”

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