A short film is an art form in itself! To celebrate this medium, HKLGFF will once again be presenting the Jury Award to the very best short amongst this year’s selections. Book tickets to watch the short programs and see if you can spot the winner!

As in previous years, we have a diverse group of Jury members who come from different sectors of the film world, and we are honoured to have them at HKLGFF this year.

Vee Leong
Vee is writer-director in text-based and intermedia art making. Dedicated to the research and practice of contemporary form and politics of text-based theatre, she has also developed an interest in sound-based and durational performances, investigating socially charged topics and interdisciplinary dramaturgy in an independent spirit and from a feminist perspective. With the award-winning Who Killed The Elephant (2012, 2021), she also directed European new writing and appeared in international arts festivals in recent years. She works closely with such artists as Performosa Theatre, Against Again Troupe, Betty Chen in Taipei, orleanlaiproject and On & On Theatre Workshop in Hong Kong.

Samuel Chai Ziwe
Samuel is director general of the Renaissance Foundation Hong Kong. He founded Ear Up Music and Eye Catcher Images that provide sustainable support to independent creators, from incubation to reaching international audiences around the world. He has led the team through a wide variety of cultural projects and events, including Renaissance Music Festival, The Inspired Island II: Literature Film Festival, Sing Our Own Songs: Music Film Festival, Unusual Festival and Gurl Festival. Samuel is also a documentary producer.

Shi-Yan Chao
Chao is a research fellow at Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok). He holds a PhD in Cinema Studies from New York University, and was an INTERACT postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University. In addition to NYU and Columbia, he has also taught at Hong Kong Baptist University and Lingnan University. His recent publications include Queer Representations in Chinese-language Film and the Cultural Landscape (Amsterdam UP, 2020), along with articles on transnational media, independent cinema, film history, creative/media industries, and vocal performance, in various anthologies and academic journals such as Communication, Culture & Critique, International Journal of Cultural Policy and Transgender Studies Quarterly.