Film contest

TWO graduates from the Baptist College's School of Communication clinched top awards in the fiction and experimental sections of this year's Hong Kong Independent Short Film Competition.

Lawrence Lau and Chan Kam-lok stole the limelight in the competition, organised by the Urban Council to promote and encourage the production of independent short films.

Entitled A Gentle Creature , Lau's experimental production is an exploration of the sentiments in film-making with different kinds of techniques and images.

Kam-lok's Pagliacci is a drama on a clown's return to her hometown.

Adjudicators decided to give out two silver awards for works by Alan Lee in ''Citizen TV'' and Zipora Sichrovsky-Fried in ''Die Freiheit'', which means liberty.

Sichrovsky-Fried's second entry in the fiction section, ''Die Rache'', which means revenge, was also awarded a film of merit award together with Ip Ching-ching's Last Week of Summer '9 and Henry Chung's Mind Notes.


The silver award in experimental films went to Paul Lee's Thick Lips Thin Lips , a short musical about racism and homophobia.

As there were only three entries in the animation section, the adjudicators selected Beam Leung's one minute-film for a merit award.

Prizes for the winners will be presented at the opening ceremony of the 18th Hong Kong International Film Festival on March 25.