Fans of world cinema might want to plan in a trip to Hong Kong this March, as the territory is hosting the 36th International Film Festival, attracting industry figures and film fans from around the world.
The 2012 Hong Kong International Film Festival will run from 21 March to 5 April, and will feature more than 330 titles being screened across 11 venues all around Hong Kong. The films shown will be from over 50 different countries, making it a truly international event, and reaching an estimated audience of more than 600,000 people.
There is, however, a focus on finding new talent from within the Chinese and Asian film industries, and the 2012 event will highlight the successful career of Hong Kong director Peter Ho-Sun Chan. His films The Warlords and Bodyguards and Assassins, from 2007 and 2009 respectively, both won international acclaim, and will be shown at the festival. The filmmaker will also be hosting a seminar at the event, taking place at the Jockey Club Cine Academy on 3 April.
The festival will also include a wide variety of other film seminars hosted by leading filmmakers, as well as film exhibitions, celebration parties and a bewildering selection of screenings to attend.
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