Devoted to documenting the umbrella movement, Hong Kong independent filmmaker Liu To focuses on making films that reveal stories of the ordinary. Her new films “Like an abortion, for the very first time” and “Mongkok Story” will be showing in the Hong Kong Independent film festival this month.
Like an abortion, for the very first time (2018) 31 Jan 7:30pm
Screening Room, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity
I didn’t expect everything to change after the allegations against Harvey Weinstein first surfaced, at least not all at once. But when woman after woman spoke out against him, and others accused still more Hollywood men of abuse, it did feel as if the movie world had slightly shifted off its axis. Suddenly, a whole lot of people were listening to what women in the industry had to say, and although much of it was terrible, this attention felt like a relief.
Among other things, this year’s torrent of truth-telling has underscored how much ordinary, unremarkable sexism — not just extreme or criminal behavior — women need to deal with just to get through the day. It’s pervasive. It seeps into your home and work, and shapes monumental and seemingly trivial choices as well as your art and your entertainment. The movies may offer us the promise of fleeting escape, but any woman can tell you that this getaway can feel distressingly, depressingly elusive when a film is in lock step with the worst the world gives us.
In the 90-year history of the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scienceshas failed to nominate even a single woman in the best director category 85 times. The Academy is not alone. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has excluded women from this category in 69 of its 76 years of awarding Golden Globes, and did not nominate a single woman in 2018. We are squarely mired in another year of #GoldenGlobesSoMale and may be on the brink of yet another year of #OscarsSoMale.
Overall, the number of women employed in the film industry, in roles spanning writers, producers, executive producers, editors and cinematographers on the year’s 250 top-grossing films, went up two percentage points from 2017 to 20%. But women comprised just 8% of female directors working on those movies, a decrease from 11% in 2017.
Organised by Cultural Journalism Campus, CJC Fellowship returns to Art Basel for the sixth year in a row in March 2019. Taught and mentored by experienced industry professionals, each year up to TEN CJC fellows are selected to undergo intensive training through writing workshops, visits to art spaces and meeting with cultural professionals. Stationed at Art Basel to cover the art fair as well as other cultural happenings in March, fellows receive hands-on media training through producing Culture Express, CJC’s newspaper which is distributed on location at Art Basel and through the digital realm. Information about the past editions of CJC Fellowship is available here.
Deadline for application is February 2, 2019, 11:55 pm. Send your CV and two writing samples (in English AND/OR Chinese) to email@example.com. Successful applicants will be notified by February 10, 2019.
International Women’s Day 2019 – EU & HKU Short Video Competition
Theme and Objectives: Women and Society
Share your views and experiences about women and society through a short video. Please make sure to include explicit references to “women” and “society” in your film.
Selection criteria and jury
Ms. Ruby Yang, award-winning Chinese American filmmaker, will head a jury composed of other professionals in the fields of film and gender. Judging criteria include:
a) originality and creativity of the content, as well as its relevance to the theme
b) artistic merits of the skills displayed, including filming techniques, script, and direction
Duration of the video:
The video must be under 5 minutes. Videos that do not conform to these guidelines will not be considered.
EU-HKU Women’s Video Award: Gift Vouchers for a total value of HK$5,000 and a copy of the book Ann Hui’s Song of the Exile by Audrey Yue. First Runner-up: Gift Vouchers for a total value of HK$3,000 and a copy of the book Mabel Cheung’s An Autumn’s Tale by Stacilee Ford. Second Runner-up: Gift Vouchers for a total value of HK$2,000.
The Prizes will be sponsored by the EU and HKU and they will be announced during Women’s Day celebrations on March 8 at HKU. The EU-HKU Women’s Video Award will be screened at the event.
The submitted video must be the original work of the entrant/group, who should ensure there is no infringement of copyright or the rights of others.
The entrant/group must be the sole and exclusive owner of the copyright of the entry. Where there is more than one entrant to an entry, all of the entrants must be exclusive owners of the copyright of the entry. Entries should not infringe any rights of any third party.
The entrant/group should only use third party music excerpts or film/video segments in the entry with the prior written consent of the relevant third party. The entrant/group must acknowledge any authorized use of music excerpts or film/video segments in the entry in accordance with the relevant copyright laws. The organizer shall not be responsible whether directly or indirectly for any liability arising whatsoever or howsoever from any violation of any copyright laws. The entrant/group agrees and undertakes to accept and be responsible for all such liability arising therefrom.
If the winning project(s) is created by a group of more than one person, they will be considered as one person and therefore only one Prize will be awarded per winning project.
During adjudication, the composition of the team (student/staff-alumni)will be taken into consideration.
The organiser reserves the right to use any entry video for publicity, exhibition and publication purposes.
The organiser has no liability regarding the quality, availability and warranty of the prizes supplied. Any dispute or complaint in respect of the prizes should be directed to the suppliers of the relevant prizes.
The organiser will apply to the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority (TELA) for a proper license for public screenings of the submitted films .
All matters and disputes will be subject to the final decision of the organiser.
Eligibility: HKU Students, Staff or Alumni
Application Form: Download here
The Women’s Summit on Film was held on the 23rd November 2018. Dedicated to women involved in teaching, research, and administration related to film production and cinema studies in Hong Kong higher education. The event was sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Globalization and Cultures, and involved participants from higher education institutions as well as filmmakers, film critics and film festival directors.
Given the recent initiatives at the University of Hong Kong such as HeForShe involving gender equality and diversity, the Summit intended to initiate an expanded conversation about the current state of women in film production, research, and education in Hong Kong.
Conversations revolved around topics such as:
Challenges faced by women teaching film in Hong Kong
Researching women in film in the university
Funding for film research and filmmaking in the Hong Kong university system
Film festivals, women’s festivals and the Hong Kong university
#MeToo in film school
Sexism and bias in academia
Queer/feminist teaching, research, and advocacy
Hong Kong filmmakers in a global context
The CSGC is in the process of planning a follow-up #HeforShe summit to involve male academic staff in the conversation which is to be held in the Spring Semester of 2019. For more updates, follow the pagecsgchku.wordpress.com.