Past Seminars

The Future of Hong Kong Documentary

Local documentaries have been developing steadily, featuring a variety of topics. Four young directors are invited to this seminar to discuss the future of Hong Kong documentary filmmaking.

The four directors have produced great films with different styles. Chan Hau Chun and Tse Nga In focus on family members, analyzing family relationships; Ma Chi Hang's work chronicles age-old fisherman's songs; while JC Wong films different characters, ranging from young street dancers, grassroots children to centenarians.

Date: 21 July, 2017
Time: 7:30-9:30 pm
Venue: ACO
Host: Augustine Lam
Guest:Ma Chi-hang, Chan Hau Chun, JC Wong and Tse Nga In.

Taiwan Short Film Screenings: Cinema Education

Lee Daw-ming is a professor at Taipei National University of the Arts and organiser of Golden Harvest Awards, Hu Yen-kai and six directors came to Hong Kong to participate in short film screenings. During the discussion, they will reflect on the rewards and challenges in their learning experience and analyzed the cinema education in Taiwan.

Date: 17 Feb, 2017
Time: 2:30-4:30pm
Venue: Kwang Hwa Information and Culture Centre
Host: Tammy Cheung
Guest:Lee Daw-ming、Hu Yen-kai、Chen Yong-chi、Chuang Chih-Keng、Chen Yi-kai、Chuang Shiang-an、Lin Peng-yen and Quah Boon-lip.

Taiwan Short Film Screenings: Taiwan Cinema Development

Four young directors shared their filmmaking experience and reflect on cinema development in Taiwan in recent years. 

Date: 17 Feb, 2017
Time: 8:45-10:00 pm
Venue: Hong Kong Space Museum
Host: Augustine Lam
Guest: Chen Yi-kai、Chuang Shiang-an、Lin Peng-yen and Quah Boon-lip.

Chow Yiu Fai: Why keep creating


I'd guess whoever came across this passage enjoys creating, as much as admiring others' creations. I assume we've both doubted if we could keep on working on our creations aimlessly.

Every once in awhile, when I doubt the world around me, I'll ask myself “What's the point of creating? I write lyrics, passages, and since recent years participated in visual arts and stage performances. Why? Have I felt discouraged? Do I still have the time and strength? Do I really like creating that much? Do I gain anything? For what?...” Which leads me to dig into anything that brings me closer to an answer. After thirty years of creative work, I'll attempt to answer and explain these whats and whys.

Chow Yiu Fai graduated from HKU's Department of English and Comparative Literature, and has been involved in various media work. He has been working on lyrics and creative literature since the publication of his first lyrics in 1989. With around a thousand published lyrical pieces and anthologies 《突然十年便過去》丶《7749》丶《假如我們甚麼都不怕》丶《紙上染了藍》丶《一個身體,兩個人》, Chow Yiu Fai has received multiple lyrics and literature awards. He moved to Holland in 1992. After completing his PhD in University of Amsterdam's Department of Media Studies, he came back to Hong Kong and worked as Assistant Professor of Department of Humanities and Creative Writing in Hong Kong Baptist University. In recent years, he has been participating in stage and visual arts performances.

Date: 2 September, 2016
Time: 7:30-9:30pm
Venue: HK01 Space

May Fung: Video Art Theory

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Videos arts emerged in the sixties. After over fifty years of technological and artistic metamorphosis, coupled with the efforts of artists and scientists, video technology has advanced by leaps and bounds. As it's applications became more accessible, video arts is evermore integral to our daily lives. Video arts could be very personal, while there could also be multi-media creations; It could be a single medium display, or a multi-media display, sculpture or architecture. Video arts is always diverse. Similar to viewing other types of art, you need to start by tracing the course of its development. This seminar will be focused around video artists from different times and their works.

May Fung has been creating video artwork since 1986. She has been incorporating video arts into installation and theatre works, while keeping a close eye on the development of visual and performing arts. Fung is currently the chairperson of ACO (Art & Culture Outreach), a non-profit outfit, and she has been engaged in works of independent video arts, art administration, education and programming. She's also an examiner and consultant of Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

Date:5 August, 2016
Time:7:30-9:30 pm

Raymond Mak : Health and Stress

A significant number of Hong Kong citizens already have insomnia, indigestion, skin allergies or mood issues in their thirties or forties. These health problems are usually associated with stress, eating habits and environmental pollution, with stress usually being the key factor. In this seminar, TCM doctor Raymond Mak will uncover the types and causes of stress, and ways to deal with them, such as changing routines and food choices.

Dr. Raymond Mak is currently the department head of Chinese medicine in Buddhist Vassar Chinese Medical College. Dr. Mak frequently gives out Chinese medicinal advice online, hosts lectures and provides free consultation. He has also visited mainland China, Vietnam and the US to exchange medical insights.

Date:29 July, 2016
Time:7:30-9:30 pm

Chan Man-hung: Traditional Culture and the Creative Industry

Entering the 21st century, our economy has emerged from post-industrial era to cultural creative era. During this social economical development, we tend to overlook the value of traditional culture and art. The speaker will use practical cases to demonstrate the importance of traditional art in modern creative work, and share personal experiences and insight.

Chan Man Hung (born 1949), who is from Dongguan, Guangdong, is the consultant of Sino United Publishing (Holdings) Limited. He served as Vice-chairman and President of Sino United Publishing (Holdings) Limited, and Managing Director and Chief Editor of the Commercial Press (H.K.) Limited. He's also the President of Hong Kong Publishing Federation, a member of the Institute of Print-Media Professionals Committee, Honorary Adviser on education of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. He had launched major publishing projects, such as The Complete Collection of the Treasures of the Palace Museum, China's Cultural Atlas, Catalogue of China's Herbs and Dunhuang Caves Universal Set.Since the Nineties, Chan has been leading the development of e-books, data bases and online business models.

Date:23 July, 2016
Time:2:30-4:30 pm
Venue:Jao Tsung-I Academy

Eunice Chu: Journalist in a Disaster Site 


With their scenes of terror, the wreak of death and aftershocks, disasters are terrifying. Yet they attract some individuals, who hopes to document the incidents, to record the panic catastrophes bring and the bliss of reunions. Sixty-nine-thousand civilians were killed and seventeen-thousand remain missing after the magnitude 7.8, "512 Wenchuan Earthquake" in 2008. Reporters, rescue teams, NGOs, psychological counseling teams, documentary makers and travelers rushed there to work or aid relief efforts within the next two years. In the aftermath, reporters and visitors are only passersby, while the locals are the only ones to stay. How should we deal with problems during interviews and interact with victims?

Eunice Chu is an experienced newsperson and columnist. She served as a feature and current affairs journalist for over a decade, reporting stories, such as the Hong Kong Garley Building fire and the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, and volunteered at the earthquake site. She considers herself fortunate for being the one reporting instead of the refugees that were facing minus twenty degrees temperatures.

Date:17 June, 2016
Time:7:30-9:30 pm

Vincent Yu : From Fukushima to Mongkok

A photo of North Korean leaders Kim Jong-Il and Kim Jong-Un puts the succession passing from the second to third generation of dictatorship in clear display. Kim Jong-Il, the political madman in the eyes of western authority, looks towards his son with a touch of gentleness. It is this particular photo that made Vincent Yu the first local to win the World Press Photo contest. He will share his insight and experiences in journalism during this seminar.

Vincent Yu joined The Standard as a photojournalist back in 1985, he switched to the Associated Press since 1989 and has been working there since. He covered multiple major news events in Asia. He received third prize in the 2011 World Press Photo Contest.

Date:22 April, 2016
Time:7:30-9:30 pm
Venue:Tron BookCafe

Yang Li-Chou: The Moment

“The moment” is the newest documentary film from Taiwanese Director Yang Li-Chou. It takes a look back at the last fifty years of the Golden Horse Awards. Following the film, his new book, The Moment: Chinese Films in 50 years, provides a comprehensive analysis of the history of Hong Kong and Taiwanese films. In this seminar, Director Yang will use multiple well-known films to share his views on the relationship between Taiwanese film development and the society.

Yang Li Chou is a renowned documentary filmmaker, who graduated from Tainan National University of the Arts. He served as the Chairman of Taiwan Documentary Development Association and the Director of Taipei Documentary Filmmakers' Union. Many of his works have been nominated by film festivals, including Young at Heart: Grandma Cheerleaders, The Long Goodbye and Bridge Over Troubled Water. My Football Summer won the Golden Horse Award for best documentary film.

Date: 2 April, 2016
Time: 7:30-9:30pm
Venue: Kwang Hwa Information and Culture Centre