For Immediate Release
Famous Korean-Japanese film director Lee Sang-il:
Attending AFAA’s Film Craft Workshops
15 November 2018 (Thursday) HONG KONG: Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA) is pleased to invite the famous Korean-Japanese film director and screenwriter Lee Sang-il to share his experiences with Hong Kong audience. The first workshop "Film Craft Workshops - Lee Sang-il From Literature to Cinema” will be held at the Broadway Cinematheque on 25th November (Sunday), jointly organized by AFAA and Hong Kong Asian Film Festival. The workshop will start immediately after the screening of "Border Line", Lee Sang-il will have a conversation with Fruit CHAN, a famous Hong Kong filmmaker who is also a director and screenwriter.
You can keep an eye on AFAA's Facebook page if you are unavailable to come on that day as a YouTube link will be provided for you to enjoy the live streaming video on YouTube.
The second workshop will be held at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) on 26th November (Monday) which is opened to all the students of HKAPA.
Director LEE Sang-il won several awards and launched his first feature film "Chong" in 1999. After that he launched "Border Line" (2002), "69" (2004) and "Scrap Heaven"(2005), then the following films: "Hula Girls" (2006) and "Akunin" (2010) were included several prizes in different awards, including the Japan Academy Prize, Kinema Junpo and so on. The works "Rage" (2016) and "Akunin" (2010) are all adapted from Shuichi Yoshida’s novels, both of which are popular works.
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About Asian Film Awards Academy
In 2013, three main Asian film festivals – Busan, Hong Kong and Tokyo – joined together to create the non-profit organization, the Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA) to promote and develop Asian cinema and its talents. AFAA highlights, strengthens and develops Asian film industry and culture through the annual Asian Film Awards, and with financial support from Create Hong Kong and Film Development Fund of the Hong Kong SAR Government, several year-round initiatives for building regional and international audiences such as the Masterclass Series, Journey to the Fest, Asian Cinerama, Young Film Professionals Program and Film Craft Workshop.
About Create Hong Kong
Create Hong Kong is a dedicated office set up under the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on 1 June 2009 to lead, champion and drive the development of the creative economy in Hong Kong. It co-ordinates Government policy and effort regarding creative industries, focuses Government resources for the promotion and speeding up of the development of creative industries in Hong Kong, and works closely with the trade to boost the development of creative industries.
About Film Development Fund
The Film Development Fund was first set up by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 1999 to fund projects and activities which contribute towards the development of the Hong Kong film industry, including part-financing small-to-medium budget film productions; enhancing efforts to promote Hong Kong films in the Mainland and overseas; enhancing initiatives to train talents in various aspects of film production and distribution; and enhancing the interest and appreciation of Hong Kong films by the local audience.
Asian Film Awards
Celebrate the excellence in Asian cinema through the annual presentation of awards to talents and films, the Awards night is a spectacular gathering of stars, celebrities, industry professionals and the media that highlights and publicizes the year’s achievements in Asian movies.
Collaborate with overseas film festivals and/or cultural organizations, the Masterclass Series presents Asian filmmakers in on-stage conversation which are open to the public to raise awareness and knowledge of Asian cinema and some of its key players.
Journey to the Fest
Offer Hong Kong and other Asian students of film and media-related disciplines the opportunity to develop their skills and enrich their outlook and network with their peers from around the world at major international film festivals and markets. Attending students will participate in festival events, talks and screenings.
Promote Hong Kong and Asian films to international audiences through film roadshows held in Hong Kong and overseas film festivals. The screenings of Asian films overseas will help develop regional film industries and markets of Asia.
Young Film Professionals Training Program
Offer overseas training opportunities and short-term work placements for early and mid-career Hong Kong film professionals in their respective disciplines, allow them to develop relationships, exchange ideas and experience with overseas film professionals.
Film Craft Workshops
Invite overseas film professionals to Hong Kong to conduct talks on film crafts at different venues such as festivals and educational institutions, and partner with Hong Kong film professionals on their respective field for on-stage in-depth discussions open to the public.