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VMAC Forum: Early Experimental Film and Alternative Cultural Practices in Hong Kong in the 1960s and 1970s VMAC論壇:香港早期實驗影像及六七十年代的另類文化實踐

VMAC Forum: Early Experimental Film and Alternative Cultural Practices in Hong Kong in the 1960s and 1970sVMAC論壇:香港早期實驗影像及六七十年代的另類文化實踐


The origins of early experimental filmmaking in Hong Kong can be traced back to the 1960s, emerging from youthful cinephile communities and publications like the film section of Chinese Student Weekly, the College Cine Club, and the Studio One. Filmmakers like Ho Fan, Xi Xi, Law Kar, and John Woo created works using the newly introduced 16mm cameras, which were then screened at “Amateur Film Festivals” – the creators and critics alike referring to these as “amateur films.” It was not until the early 1970s that the term “experimental film” was more widely adopted and legitimated, such as the “Experimental Film Festival” organized by the Film Guard from 1974 onwards. The Phoenix Cine Club’s “Hong Kong Independent Short Film Exhibition” and “The 70’s Biweekly” also promoted experimental filmmaking practices. These publications, film clubs, and experimental film works have been largely overlooked, yet they reflect important trajectories in Hong Kong’s visual art and alternative culture. They also manifest how each creator responded through the material and technical specificities of the medium to the tumultuous transitions and the historical context of the Cold War cultural climate in 1960s and 70s Hong Kong.

The talk will be held in Cantonese. 




event details /

日期 Date: 24/6/2024 (星期一  Mon)

時間 Time : 5:00pm (HKT)

地點 Venue: Zoom via link

報名 Registration:–Pn 

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語言 Language:  廣東話 Cantonese

講者 Speakers: 蔡倩怡 Emilie Choi

主持 Moderator: 鍾詠珊 Chung Wing Shan

費用全免 Free Event

資助 Supported by:

香港藝術發展局 Hong Kong Arts Development Council*


Hong Kong Arts Development Council fully supports freedom of artistic expression. The views and opinions expressed in this project do not represent the stand of the Council.