Essential Film Festivals: Hong Kong Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

The Hong Kong Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is an annual event, and in 2014 will celebrate its silver jubilee. The festival, the longest standing of its kind in Asia, will run from 13th September to 26th September at four cinemas including Broadway Cinematheque, with the opening party in Woo Bar at W Hotel and the closing party in Azure Bar at Hotel LKF By Rhombus.

The Gay & Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgendered film festival this year includes feature films, short films, photo exhibitions and parties. For the very first time, in 2014, an entire section will be dedicated to documentaries. Each year the festival presents the Prism Award to an individual in recognition of their contribution to the gay community; this year, the Prism Award will be presented to Dr. Travis Kong, the author and prominent sociologist in the area of Chinese sexuality.

The Hong Kong Gay and Lesbian Film Festival highlights include: Regarding Susan Sontag, a documentary from director Nancy D. Kates looking at the personal and professional life of Sontag; The 10 Year Plan, a classic romantic comedy from J.C. Calciano about two friends who agree to be together in 10 years’ time if they don’t find love by then; Anita’s Last Cha-Cha, a Filipino film directed by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo about a 12 year old girl who has her first innocent crush on a gorgeous woman who moves to her village; The Circle, a Swiss film by Stefan Haupt set in 50s Zurich telling the story of a young teacher who becomes a member of a gay organisation and subsequently falls in love with a transvestite star and a Surprise Screening, a unique touch and the first of its kind at the Hong Kong Festival. The film will be a surprise screening one week after its premier at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Hong Kong Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Film Festival Location

Hong Kong is a popular destination for all holiday-makers and is very gay-friendly. Soho is the main entertainment district featuring a wide array of restaurants, shops, galleries and bars. It is also home to a great many of the gay bars and clubs: Propaganda is a legendary bar and one of the longest running dance clubs in Hong Kong; Zoo is one of the most popular gay venues in the city and features regular special events; Volume BEAT is another very popular choice of bar and features resident DJs and a range of special events including gay quiz nights, gay bingo and karaoke. Foreplay is Hong Kong’s hottest new gay night, which is held every Wednesday and features a range of events including free vodka hours, special performances and candy floss and popcorn.

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Film Festival Accommodation

Lan Kwai Fong Hotel, located in the Soho district is a fabulous choice, close to many art galleries and with a shopping outlet just around the corner. As well as an on-site fitness centre, the hotel offers stylish rooms of oriental design with city or harbour views, all modern amenities and Michelin starred dining. Celebrity Cuisine serves luxury Cantonese specialties from Chef Mr. Cheng.

Another excellent choice is Mira Moon, Wan Chai’s lively hotel with a unique theme of ancient Chinese myths blended with all the modern services and amenities expected of a first rate hotel. The hotel offers a magical décor, stylishly appointed rooms providing the utmost in comfort and fabulous dining. Supergiant Restaurant and Bar serves Spanish-Chinese fusion cuisine, together with a wide variety of drinks.

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