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HKAFF 2023

17 July 2023 - Last week marked the latest edition of the Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival. The official selection featured 42 wonderful independent films, carefully selected out of almost eighteen hundred submissions from all over the world. (The festival’s new online section, the OFF ON Selection, remains available for streaming until 20 July, more info here).


Kris De Meester, curator, was more than pleased with the turnout for this year’s event: "The Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival's 14th edition proved to be a resounding success. The festival witnessed a compelling convergence of film enthusiasts, both in person at Emperor Cinemas and online through our streaming partner platform,"


"It is also with immense pride that we accept the festival's recognition as one of the premier Hong Kong film festivals, at least that's what esteemed publications such as Legend, Localiize and Honeycomber claim. Yes, I'm blushing." 


"As we embark upon the exciting journey towards our 15th edition, we eagerly anticipate the upcoming curation process and look forward to handpick the finest cinematic gems that will be part of our anniversary edition."


We are pleased to share with you today the 2023 Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival award winners, chosen by the jury panel:


Best Narrative Feature Film: Troubled Minds (Latvia) by Raitis Abele, Lauris Abele


Best Documentary Feature Film: Go Through The Dark (China) by Yunhong Pu


Best Narrative Short: Ousmane (Canada) by Jorge Camarotti 


Best Documentary Short Film: Blind Body (Australia) by Allison Chhorn


Best Animated Film: Poise (Portugal) by Luís Soares


Best Experimental Film: The Dream Machine (France) by Michael William West


Best Underground Film: Pastel Hell (Australia) by Hugo Kit Miklos Vadasz


Best Super Short: Just Listen to the Storm (France) by Hannah Papacek Harper


Best Music Video: Ute (Poland) by Maciej Pisarek


Best Chinese Film: Spring Starts Today (China) by Siyuan Liu


Congratulations to all filmmakers! The festival would also like to say a big thank you to all their guests for coming out, and to Tarkovski Agency for their continued support. See you back next year!

A new Call for Entries for Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival 2024 has been launched on FilmFreeway, submit your film now.

Official selection 2023:

Archeìo (Switzerland) by Jonathan Moratal

Armored Saint - A band of brothers (UK) by Russell Cherrington

Bailey's Beads (USA) by Johnny Clyde

Blind Body (Australia) by Allison Chhorn

Body Rhapsody (Australia) by Yangming Liu

Circle (USA) by Phillip Kaminiak

Contrapunctus (Belgium) by Luna Brusselaers

Deep Blue (Canada) by Franie-Éléonore Bernier

Dream Before Sunrise (China) by GUAN Junjing

Dreaming in Aspect Ratio (USA) by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

Feast of a Dying Man (Iceland) by Hjördís Jóhannsdóttir

Frontier (China) by Xiaopeng Zhu

Generation (UK) by Riccardo Fusetti

Go Through The Dark (China) by Yunhong Pu

I Love You Don’t Leave Me (USA) by Alex Leombruno

Just Listen to the Storm (France) by Hannah Papacek Harper

Katja Dreams Of Waking Up (Norway) by Truls Meby

No New Wave (Singapore) by Ziwei Yao

Ousmane (Canada) by Jorge Camarotti

Pastel Hell (Australia) by Hugo Vadasz

Poise (Portugal) by Luís Soares

Re-Membering: Meditation on a Triptych (Sweden) by Amra Hećo

Ride (Australia) by Jeno Kim

Rowing (China) by Zhichun Huang, Mengzhuo Lian

Ruined Arbor (Iran) by Kasra Yazdani, Golrokh Hemmati

Secant (USA) by Timothy David Orme

Space Walk (China) by Liu Zhiquan

Spring Starts Today (China) by Siyuan Liu

Supurbia (Norway) by Alexander Gudmestad

Text me when you get home xx (Germany) by Niklas Bauer

The Dream Machine (France) by Michael William West

The Endless (USA) by Yvette Granata

The Joy of a Home (Portugal) by Ana Isabel Martins

The Lovers under the Bridge (Taiwan) by 家褘 Chia-Hui 李 Lee

The Sound of Nowhere (Brazil) by Thomas Webber

These Colours Don't Run (Indonesia) by Difizckal Satriatama

Troubled Minds (Latvia) by Raitis Abele, Lauris Abele

Unpoetic Poems (Germany) by Mu Wang

Ute (Poland) by Maciej Pisarek

Waiting for Spring; Persephone and the Pomegranate (Canada) by Nicole Dextras

Waiting for the Spring Breeze to Wake Up (China) by Xiaolong Zhu

Where My Friend Made A Painting (Portugal) by Pedro Florêncio

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