HKLGFF always wants to present the best and latest LGBTQ films to Hong Kong every year. We did it again. Our opening and closing film, SORRY ANGEL, MY DAY OF MERCY and GIRL were shown at the biggest film festivals such as Cannes and the Toronto Film Festival. Our closing film is a Taiwanese Lesbian movie called BAO BAO. We have so many good girl films from very talented filmmakers this year, which allows us to programme more than we did before.

As we are an LGBT film festival in Asia, part of our aim is to promote Asian LGBTQ films. We have seven Asian feature films, the 3rd Asia Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance short film program plus a medium length Japanese film, UNTIL RAINBOW DAWN, a film about deaf queer people. Our awarded Centrepiece, EVENING SHADOWS from India, is the most popular Asian film in the festival circuit. It has been screened at all the big festivals in the world. It is quite a strong program.

As you know Hong Kong will hold the Gay Games in 2022. Let’s warm-up and watch two sport related films, MAN MADE and MARIO. MAN MADE is a documentary about trans-men bodybuilders and MARIO is romantic drama about homophobia in the football industry. You don’t have to wait to long for another international gay event. Have you heard that Mr. Gay World will be held in Hong Kong in 2019? Mr. Gay World is not just a pretty face. The documentary, MR. GAY SYRIA shows you how gay refugees are fighting for their lives to become part of Mr. Gay World. We have another documentary, WHEN THE BEAT DROPS. It is one of my favourite films this year, about the dance subculture called Bucking that originated in the gay clubs of Atlanta, USA. The film is energetic entertaining and it makes you want to buck.

As for side events, we have invited Pakistan and Myanmar LGBTQ film festival presenters to share the challenges of their film festivals. HeHeSheShe Out @ U LGBTQ short film sharing in universities steps into forth year. We invite you to check out our Facebook page for event details.

We are showing more films than last year and hope you like our selection. I will see you all in the cinema!

Joe Lam
Film Festival Director