The 1st Global University Film Awards

07 November 2018
 The 1st Global University Film Awards kicked off
 A light show was projected on the AC Hall’s façade
 Guests and HKBU representatives posed for a group photo at the Opening Ceremony
 Mr. Antonio Chan (left) presented “The Most Promising Actress” with Ms. Fala Chen
 Ms. Chloe Suen (right) and Mr. Jonathan Wong presented “The Most Promising Actor”
 The event’s sponsors and HKBU Foundation members at the Award Presentation Ceremony

The 1st Global University Film Awards (GUFA), organised by the Academy of Film of HKBU’s School of Communication, was held from 7 to 9 November 2018. Proudly presented by Hong Kong King Wai Group Company Limited and the Simon Suen Foundation being its Gold Sponsor, this three-day event received over 1,800 short film submissions from nearly 100 countries and regions.

Officiating at the Opening Ceremony on 7 November 2018 were Dr. Bernard Chan, JP, Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development; Mr. Antonio Chan, Vice Chairman of King Wai Group, and his wife Mrs. Eva Chan; Mr. Tony Rayns, a member of the Jury; Ms. Fala Chen, a renowned actress; Mr. Cheng Yan Kee, BBS, JP, Chairman of the Council and the Court of HKBU; Professor Roland T. Chin, President and Vice-Chancellor; Professor Huang Yu, Associate Vice-President (Mainland) and Dean of Communication; and Professor Eva Man, Director of the Academy of Film. A host of wonderful programmes were shown at the Ceremony, including a musical performance, a screening of the film submission highlights, and an innovative and fascinating light show projected on the Academic Community (AC) Hall’s facade. (Please click here to view the light show.)

The Award Presentation Ceremony was held on 9 November 2018. Officiating guests included Mr. Antonio Chan; Ms. Chloe Suen, Chair of the Simon Suen Foundation; Ms. Shi Nan Sun, a film producer; Mr. Cheng Yan Kee; Professor Roland T. Chin; Professor Huang Yu; and Professor Eva Man. A total of 11 awards were presented, while Mr. Antonia Chan and Ms. Chloe Suen were invited to present “The Most Promising Actress” and “The Most Promising Actor” respectively. (Please click here to view the full list of award winners.)

After the Award Presentation Ceremony, Mr. Antonio Chan praised that GUFA, the Oscars for university students, is a very meaningful event that recognises students’ cinematic achievements. Film students of different nationalities can learn from one another and have their horizons broadened. He hoped that under the current trend of globalisation, young filmmakers in Hong Kong can exchange views with their overseas counterparts through the art of movies, thereby promoting diversity and inclusion around the world.

Mr. Lawrence Wong, Director of Film-Physical Production of Shaw Moviecity, and a number of Foundation members also joined the Award Presentation Ceremony. They included Dr. Justin Chiu and Mrs. Chiu; Professor William Leung, SBS, JP; Mr. Sunny Wong; Mrs. Susan So, BBS; Dr. Chiu Chun Bong, MBE, JP and Mrs. Luna Chiu; Mr. So Wing Kin; Mr. So Chung Ping, MH; Mrs. Mary Suen; Dr. Lee Shiu and Dr. Jennie Lee; and Mr. Wong Nga Chung. They were warmly received by Professor Roland T. Chin; Mr. Yeung Chee Kong, Associate Vice-President (Engagement); and Mrs. Lily Chan, Director of University Advancement and Secretary-General of HKBU Foundation.