It's looking to be sweet sixteen for the Independent Short Film & Video Awards (IFVA) when it marks its 16th birthday next year: the platform for young filmmakers has lined up its most generous prizes and perhaps the most impressive panel of judges yet. According to Kattie Fan Ho-ki, IFVA assistant programme manager, the 2011 festival's main prize for the Open Category has doubled to HK$100,000, thanks to new-sponsors Pure Art Foundation and increased support from the Hong Kong Arts Centre. 'A bigger prize offers not only greater incentive for people to join, but also more resources for the winners to pursue their dreams,' Fan said. Award-winning-director Ann Hui On-wah will head the judges' panel, with Vernie Yeung, who directed a music video for rock band Radiohead, returning. 'Getting [Hui] was big,' Fan said. 'There were concerns about her schedule, but she was very kind and found a slot.' Organisers reckon that having a judge of Hui's calibre adds credibility, and may help pave the way for entries to be screened in festivals in Europe. Submissions have opened for the IFVA, which will be held on February 16-20 next year. Entries close on November 5. For details, check www.ifva.com .