Criticism of the Hong Kong Film Awards grew yesterday when a second group attacked the key annual event of the local movie industry. Film critics who organise the annual Golden Bauhinia Awards accused the government of favouritism by sponsoring the Hong Kong Film Awards with $2 million but ignoring their own event for the past 10 years. 'The government showed favouritism by supporting the Film Awards. The Golden Bauhinia Awards have been held every year in the past decade ... The government has not recognised their contributions,' the Film Critics Association said yesterday. Earlier, Cable TV complained the Hong Kong Film Awards had refused to allow its Entertainment News Channel to broadcast any interview footage before 11.45pm, when TVB had finished its delayed broadcast of the event. The vice-president of the critics' association, Stephen Lam Hon-fun, said he hoped the government could come up with a fair arrangement if the association applied for funding next year for the Golden Bauhinia Awards. The Commerce, Industry and Technology Bureau said the association had not sought funding for its awards ceremony, broadcast earlier this month on ATV. A bureau spokesman noted that the Hong Kong Film Awards had previously received funding from the government-financed Film Development Fund established in 1999, but that the fund had been wound up last year. 'This year we allocated the money from our bureau resources. Our Film Services Advisory Committee recommended the government continue to support the event as it is highly representative [of the Hong Kong film industry],' said the spokesman. The Home Affairs Bureau also provided $500,000 sponsorship for the Hong Kong Film Awards. The Film Critics Association received $385,700 from the Arts Development Council to cover its day-to-day operating costs in the current financial year, but it raised its own money to finance its awards this year.