Korea National University of Arts in South Korea,win gold

HONG KONG,  Organised with the aid of the Academy of Film (AF) at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), the Global University Film Awards (GUFA) 2020 concluded on 6 November with the award presentation ceremony. The Gold Award went to the entry from the Korea National University of Arts in South Korea, whilst the Best Documentary prize went to the movie entry from INSAS in Belgium. The full list of award winners is attached in the Appendix.

Attending the award presentation ceremony had been Dr Clement Chen, Chairman of the Council and the Court of HKBU; Professor Roland Chin, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU; Professor Eva Man, Director of AF; Ms Chloe Suen, Chair of the Simon Suen Foundation; and Ms Shi Nan-sun, a movie producer.

In his remarks, Dr Clement Chen said: "'Make the Light, Move the World.' So goes the tagline of tonight's very unique awards, and indeed, cinema possesses the electricity to alternate the world and shine a mild on society. As the home of creativity in Hong Kong, we are honoured to welcome some of the world's most proficient younger filmmakers, our future world-changers, to GUFA 2020."

Envisaged as the "University Oscars", GUFA was held for the second time this year, and it acquired a total of 2,503 submissions from 104 countries and regions worldwide.

In his speech, Professor Roland Chin described GUFA as the most worldwide university tournament ever undertaken in Hong Kong. He said: "Great works of artwork are always born of an age of chaos and crisis. The movie creations by means of students from across the world raise the burdens of a deeply afflicted era and tell the stories of their intense passion. Years later when we seem back, we will wake up to the stark realisation that the social unrest and pandemic generation is an generation of profound creativity. While we are swept along by way of the wave of collective anguish, our students use light and sound to proclaim to the world the splendors and hopes of the time. We at HKBU are glad to have joined palms with you to make this happen."

Professor Eva Man stated GUFA not solely showcases the exemplary works of young filmmakers from throughout the world, but it additionally fosters the trade of thoughts and enhances expert networks. She is grateful for the assist of the nearby and global film communities which has helped make the event a actuality amidst all the difficulties and challenges.

The award presentation ceremony was once honoured by means of the presence of celebrated authorities from the movie and media industries, inclusive of film directors Mr Johnnie To Kei-fung, Ms Ann Hui On-wah, Ms Sylvia Chang Ai-chia, Ms Cheuk Wan-chi and Miss Chu Hoi-ying, as properly as famend actress Ms Crisel Consunji, veteran journalist Mr Michael Chugani, and Dr Allan Zeman, Chairman of the Lan Kwai Fong Group.

A recorded TV broadcast of the ceremony will additionally be aired to the public on the Hong Kong International Business Channel (HKIBC) at 9:00pm on 15 November (Sunday).

GUFA 2020 was organised and presented by the Academy of Film, which is part of the School of Communication at HKBU. The Simon Suen Foundation used to be the Title Sponsor and Medialink Group Limited additionally backed the event. 

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