Film Festival

Postcard: Udine

The Far East Film Festival in the Italian town of Udine offers Western audiences a chance to watch glossy commercial fare made in Asia.

Italy's Udine Far East Film Festival (FEFF) made its name by bringing quality commercial films from Asia to international audiences.

Sunday, 5 May, 2013, 3:39pm


There was a sense of optimism surging through this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival. For regulars of this venerable Scottish cinematic get-together, last year's bleak affair was disastrous: misdirection, mismanagement and financial cuts all contributed to a festival fiasco.

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Beyond the boulevard

The 65th edition of the Cannes Film Festival officially draws to a close tonight (Hong Kong time) as its jury president for the year, Italian director Nanni Moretti, hands out the Palme d'Or and other awards at the closing ceremony.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

Windows to reality

Entering the Ai Weiwei Cafe, visitors can either sit on couches to sample a selection of the artist's video pieces, or move to a larger viewing space to watch documentaries about the myriad social and political issues emerging in China.

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

And the festivals reel on

Howard Elias wasn't sure what the reaction would be when he first floated the idea of the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival in 1999.

Then - as now - the city's major cinemas played almost exclusively to a perceived populist agenda, with what was considered art-house or non-mainstream filling in the very fringes of their weekly schedules.

9 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Cannes entry may get US release in autumn

Peter Chan Ho-sun's Cannes Film Festival entry Wu Xia could be released in the US in the autumn, the director said after the film's premiere at Cannes over the weekend.

16 May 2011 - 12:00am


So it is, then, that Wong Kar-wai couldn't complete his long-gestated martial arts movie The Grandmasters in time for this year's Cannes Film Festival. Yet he remains omnipresent on the Croisette: a still of his 1988 film As Tears Go By is plastered all over town as the key art of this year's Critics' Week sidebar programme, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

15 May 2011 - 12:00am

A different take

Cinephiles, rejoice - the end of the silly season is near. There's still a month to go before the summer blockbuster run officially ends - The Last Airbender and Cats and Dogs: the Return of Kitty Galore, for example, will be released in the next fortnight.

5 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Filmmakers told to prove worth

'Prove yourself' is the advice offered to young filmmakers by veteran director Lawrence Lau Kwok-cheung in the run-up to the 2010 Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival.

4 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

San Sebastian

Innovative but a tad unwieldy, Pablo Aguero's 77 Doronship - about a pregnant Parisian trying to accommodate the newly arrived hobo grandfather of her vanished Argentinian husband - hardly ranks as one of the best films of this year's San Sebastian Film Festival, which ended on September 26.

4 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Claim to frame

As themed parties go, the Korean film night at this year's Pusan International Film Festival proved to be both an enjoyable distraction and an effective showcase for contemporary South Korean cinema.

19 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Armchair film critics challenged to do better

Organisers of the Hong Kong International Film Festival are daring anyone who has ever criticised a film to make their own and then let international critics be the judge.

Festival chief executive Peter Tsi Ka-kei issued the dare as he told the Sunday Morning Post a new category of submissions from young people with no film experience would be accepted in next year's lineup.

16 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Hot doc! Toronto festival serves up subjects to relish

Fact is not only stranger than fiction, it often makes for a far better yarn, as the record number of fans and delegates who flocked to the annual Toronto Hot Docs festival will attest.

22 May 2005 - 12:00am

University shuts down gay film festival for second time

Peking University has banned a gay and lesbian film festival at the campus for the second time. The Second Beijing International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, which had been scheduled to screen a dozen mainland-made films and documentaries, was due to run at the university's hall from Friday to yesterday.

25 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

No show

Famed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar will not make it to Shanghai's premier film festival this year. Organisers of the Shanghai International Film Festival have cancelled next month's event and, naturally, their invitation to the director of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown because of the Sars outbreak.

13 May 2003 - 12:00am