FESTIVALS: A First Farewell, You Have The Night score at HKIFF

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Lina Wang’s A First Farewell and Ivan Salatic’s You Have The Night won the top prizes at this year’s Firebird Awards at the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF). 

A First Farewell won the Firebird Award in the first ever Chinese-language Young Cinema Competition, while You Have The Night was presented with the same prize in the ‘World’ category of the awards.  

Xu Zhenhao’s Give Me A Ride won two awards in the Chinese-language competition, for best director and best actor for Dang Yu’s performance, while Huang Yao won best actress for The Crossing

Best director in the World competition went to Bas Devos for Hellhole, while Gustav Lindh took best actor for Queen Of Hearts and Martina Apostolova won best actress for Irina.

Chinese filmmaker Jiang Wen headed the jury for the Chinese-language competition, while French critic Michel Ciment presided over the World competition jury. 

This year’s FIPRESCI Prize went to Indian director Ridham Janve’s The Golden-Laden Sheep And The Sacred Mountain, which was filmed in the Gaddi language using non-professional actors.  


Young Cinema Competition (Chinese-language)

Firebird Award: A First Farewell, dir: Lina Wang

Best Director: Give Me A Ride, Xu Zhenhao

Best Actor: Give Me A Ride, Deng Yu

Best Actress: The Crossing, Huang Yao

Young Cinema Competition (World)

Firebird Award: You Have The Night, dir: Ivan Salatic

Best Director: Hellhole, Bas Devos

Best Actor: Queen Of Hearts, Gustav Lindh

Best Actress: Irina, Martina Apostolova

Documentary Competition

Firebird Award: Midnight Family, dir: Luke Lorentzen

Jury Prize: Advocate, Rachel Leah JONES, Philippe Bellaiche

Short Film Competition

Firebird Award: All These Creatures, Charles Williams

Jury Prize: The Call, Anca Damian


The Golden-Laden Sheep And The Sacred Mountain, dir: Ridham Janve