Regarding a news report on CitizenNews yesterday that the documentary Vanished Archives was rejected by the Hong Kong International Film Festival, we regret that much information contained in the report is false and inaccurate. The statements quoted by filmmaker Connie Lo Yan Wai, attributed to the festival's Artistic Director, including the comments of "the assistant slept through the screening", "zero artistic sense" and "I represent the whole film industry", as well as citing "the female voice-over is too irritating" as the reason of rejection, are regrettably not fact-based.
Over the past decades, the Hong Kong International Film Festival has selected films based on their artistic merits. The selection of films is mostly based on festival programming group decision. The festival receives a large number of submissions every year and we normally would not give any reason for rejection. In this particular case, we gave our comments to the director as a personal favor, and we are surprised to see that our comments have been misrepresented in such a way as to mislead the public. We therefore issue this statement to clearly state our position and express our disappointment that the filmmaker has chosen to criticize the festival in this way.
The Hong Kong International film Festival Society
9 March, 2017