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    HKBU Global University Film Awards 2022 presents gold award to France’s Le Fresnoy

    Organised by the Academy of Film (AF) at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), the Global University Film Awards (GUFA) 2022 held its magnificent award presentation ceremony in virtual mode on 11 November. The entry from France’s Le Fresnoy clinched the Gold Award. (The full list of winners is attached in the appendix at the end of this article).

    This year’s award presentation ceremony was broadcast live online in a wonderfully designed cinematic setting, using virtual sets and advanced technology to recreate classic scenes in blockbusters such as The Matrix, the Harry Potter film series, and In the Mood for Love. In his opening remarks at the ceremony, Dr Clement Chen, Chairman of the Council and the Court of HKBU, shared the delights of seeing GUFA held for the third time. “We hope to stand as a beacon of encouragement to emerging filmmakers, allowing them to create their art without commercial considerations and industry pressures. At university, they are free to let their imagination fly, share their concerns and explore creative ideas. We at HKBU embrace these ideals and, for over four decades, have been offering the finest teaching and training in the cinematic arts. We continue to celebrate this legacy today as we nurture tomorrow’s filmmakers.”

    In his speech, Professor Alexander Wai, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU, said: “HKBU is the first institution in Hong Kong to offer film and video production programmes and we always have our eyes on the future. Filmmaking is a global community, and GUFA is a way for all of us to celebrate new young talents from all over the world. It gives me great delight to have a sneak peek at the future voices of filmmaking and to celebrate their progress.”

    Widely known as the “University Oscars”, this year GUFA received more than 2,300 submissions from about 100 countries and regions. Celebrated professionals in the film industry, including directors Ms Mabel Cheung, Mr Derek Tsang, Ms Jessey Tsang, Mr Ray Yeung, and actress/producer Ms Josie Ho presented 15 awards to young film talents from all over the world, letting them shine on a glamorous virtual stage.

    To further showcase the exemplary works at GUFA 2022, a public screening of the winners was held on 15 November at HKBU. Members of the public were welcome to attend. For more information, please refer to the GUFA website, GUFA Facebook page and GUFA YouTube channel.

    GUFA recognises the excellence of film productions by university students from across the world by connecting the global film community and its audiences with outstanding work and groundbreaking ideas presented by the participants. The event not only showcases the students’ talents but also fosters the exchange of ideas and enhances professional networks, building synergy between young regional talents and the international creative industry.

    Appendix: Award winners


    Winning film


    Best Narrative

    Good German Work

    Konrad Wolf Film University of Babelsberg, Germany

    Special Mention of Narrative

    When Summer Ends

    Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

    Best Cine-VFX

    Little Gestures

    Pearson College London, United Kingdom

    Special Mention of Cine-VFX

    17 Souls

    University of Television and Film Munich (HFF München), Germany

    Best Documentary


    Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia- Sede Sicilia, Italy

    Special Mention of Documentary


    Yangon Film School, Myanmar

    Best Experimental Film

    $75 000

    Le Fresnoy, France

    Special Mention of Experimental Film

    In Plain Sight

    Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

    Best Animation

    Graziano and the Giraffe

    Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italy

    Special Mention of Animation

    A Dog under Bridge

    China Academy of Art, Mainland China

    Best Director

    To Each Your Sarah

    Korea National University of Arts, South Korea

    Best Script

    Russian Vodka

    University of Applied Science and Technology, Iran

    Gold Award

    $75 000

    Le Fresnoy, France

    HKBU Academy of Film’s Choice

    Intimate Distance

    Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

    HKBU Academy of Film’s Choice Special Mention

    Love Delivery

    Hong Kong Metropolitan University, Hong Kong