Hong Kong International Film Festival

Singaporean takes film festival post

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 September, 2008, 12:00am

With the Summer IFF just wrapped last week, the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society finally got down to appointing a new executive director. Last Friday the news was passed to its staff that Singapore native Soo Wei Shaw has been appointed to the top management position of the festival, which Peter Tsi Ka-kei quit about a year ago.

Soo, who was apparently headhunted while doing some freelance consulting work in Hong Kong for Disney-ABC, was previously with the Singapore Film Commission. However, she is not without some local connections. The media veteran is also a granddaughter of Sir Run Run Shaw.

According to film trade journal The Hollywood Reporter, Soo said: 'This new job is unexpected, but I'm happy to be part of one of the most important and successful film festivals in Asia.' The report also quoted her saying she had about '101 ideas for the festival'.

The HKIFF Society confirmed the appointment.