Filmmakers, get your cameras rolling

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 January, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 January, 2009, 12:00am

Budding filmmakers will have another chance to shine in this year's I Shot Hong Kong short-film festival.

Launched by filmmaker Craig Leeson of Ocean Vista Films in 2005, the festival is an opportunity for filmmakers of all kinds to get their cameras out on to the streets. Past years have seen all kinds of short films, from moody film noir takes on Hong Kong, to people dressed in dinosaur outfits crashing through the hills of Sha Tin.

The festival is accepting entries now. As well as the traditional categories of short, music and animation, there's a new category this year - documentary. Filmmakers get to showcase their work on local and international stages and meet industry people.

'We screened to packed houses at the 2008 event,' Leeson said. 'So this year we are doubling the screening to four nights to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to see the work of these talented artists.' The festival would provide 'international audiences with an insightful glimpse into new wave Hong Kong filmmaking'.

Submission forms are available at the festival's website, The festival will occur over one yet-to-be-announced week in June.