The 39th Hong Kong Film Award Ceremony 2020

The Hong Kong Film Award Ceremony is the Oscars of Hong Kong. Like the Academy Awards, it recognizes achievements in filmmaking and is open to Hong Kong Films longer than one hour that were released in Hong Kong within the previous calendar year.

It is a star-studded affair with prominent local celebrities that make an appearance at this most prestigious red carpet event.

Hong Kong Film Award at the Red Carpet
Stars arriving at the red carpet at the
30th Award Event

The Hong Kong Film Awards has been around since 1982. The nominations normally are announced in February and the Award Ceremony takes place in April.

Winners are presented with the HK Film Award Statuette, there is a four-and-a-half meter replica at the Avenue of the Stars at the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

Hong Kong Film Award Statuette

The statuette, a slender goddess wrapped in golden film, elegantly holds a pearl on her left hand. The designer of the trophy was actually inspired by Olivia Cheng, the winner of Miss Hong Kong 1979.

This statuette became the official HKFA trophy since it was first presented at the 10th HKFA in 1991.

Awards are presented in nineteen different categories including:

  • Best Film
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best New Performer
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Art Direction
  • Best Costume Make Up Design
  • Best Action Choreography
  • Best Original Film Score
  • Best Original Film Song
  • Best Sound Design
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Asian Film
  • Best New Director

The Best Asian Film category is the only one open to non-Hong-Kong films released in the territory.

There is also the Asian Film Awards happening in March, this is the Oscars of Asia and sponsored by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society.

39th Hong Kong Film Awards 2020

When? May 6, 2020 - 3:00 pm. Traditionally the awards' presentation ceremony is held in April. Due to the unpredictability of the current epidemic and to prevent cross-infection amongst the hundreds of people involved during preparation, the HKFAA Committee has decided to modify the presentation format and schedule of the 2020 39th Hong Kong Film Awards.

Where? The 2020 Hong Kong Film Award Ceremony will be live-streamed via the Society's Facebook, YouTube and Instagram channels. More info here.

Attendance is of course by invitation only, but us commoners can catch a peek of our favourite celebrities as they arrive at the Red Carpet prior to the Awards ceremony.

Hong Kong Film Award at the Red Carpet
Sean Lau Ching-wan and his wife Amy Kwok arriving at the red carpet at the
32nd Award Event

The designated official live broadcasters include: ViuTV Channel 99, STAR Chinese Movies (SCM), RTHK Channel 2 and TFI will broadcast the evening's programme to audiences around the world.

For this year's nominations and more information, check out the official website at

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