Meet Our Team
Kenneth YEUNG, one of the 1st Paris Hong Kong Film Festival organisers, has a long history with documentaries. The independent documentarian had a profound love for working with grassroots communities, of whom he put in the images for more than a decade. Volunteered in the independent documentarian organisation – v-artivist – and in their documentary film festivals, he culminated experiences and furthered his field of work to that of the community artists in Hong Kong. The independent documentarian is multi-faceted, working as a freelance translator in Europe (in Cantonese, Mandarin, English, French and German) and has written essays as a columnist and film critic in several Hong Kong media. Kenneth is doing his PhD research in socio-political philosophy at L’Université de Paris (formerly the University of Paris Diderot) after graduating from L’Université Catholique de Louvain (MPhil, focusing on populism) as well as his other master’s degree at the Chinese University (major in philosophy). His latest documentary project is collaborating with an independent American documentarian on Hong Kong expatriate community in Paris.
Lok Kan CHEUNG is a performing artist, an aesthetic nomad who is shaped under the international schools of theatre and art. Her long journey in theatre art began with the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Art (school of drama); she then made her way to France to receive another style of training at the L'Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq (physical theatre training), Laboratoire d'Etude du Mouvement, and L'Ecole Philippe Gaulier de Theatre. The artist made a few stops in between, such as at the Commedia dell'Arte (trained by Enrico Bonavera) and the School of Playback Theatre (UK) (of which she has been a member David Glass Ensemble (UK) ever since). The trip to Indonesia marks a watershed in her life - the traditional Javanese mask (coached by Supana Ponowiguno, the artistic director of the Yogyakarta Palace) and the Javanese classical dance (taught by R.Ay. Sri Kadarjai Ywandjono, the dance tutor and princess of the Yogyakarta Palace of Indonesia) lightened up her artistic spirit and imaginations of "what is art.” These footsteps imprinted in her later work of performing art – incorporating the use of masks, royal dance movements, and her former education in Hong Kong to Western performing teachings. She then explored the possibility of creating truly unique art performances, which then led to her initiatives of theatre productions, culture exchange programs, and community art festivals, including , the cultural exchange program between Siena (Italy) and Hong Kong, Physical theatre Indonesia tour 2018, Hong Kong Tai Po Youth Art festival 2015&2016. All of these experiences culminated in the foundation of Theatre Ash, of which she serves as the organization's director. Despite being an artistic nomad, the performing artist has always felt a strong responsibility to dedicate her knowledge to her hometown, thereby serving as an active member of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and partaking in jury positions; meanwhile, she is devoted in sharing the love of the images of her hometown with the world and thus organized the 1st Paris Hong Kong Film Festival. Lok Kan is now residing in France at L’Ecole supérieure d’art Annecy Alpes.
Organiser & Technical Director
Florent DICHY is a professional photographer at the theatre company "La Frappe", high school teacher, and a film festival and cinematic event regular. After graduating in Latin and medieval literature, Florent pursued his studies in the history of arts and cinema at the école du Louvre. As a movie enthusiast, he dedicates himself to accompanying students on their career paths in film-making, including but not limited to technical support and mentoring their very first movies—Florent endeavours to bridge the gap between students and professionals. In his leisure time, he cooperates with the association Arscipro for movie-making.
Bruce Lai is a film and cultural studies scholar based in the UK. He is a visiting researcher at King's College London (KCL) after obtaining his PhD in Film Studies at KCL with a thesis on Chinese comedy films and neoliberalism. His current research project concerns Hong Kong comedies in the 1980s and 90s and their trans-local influences on aesthetics, involving formal analysis and archival research supported by the Universities' China Committee in London (UCCL) 's Travel and Study Grants. Bruce has also served as a lecturer at the University of Hong Kong and the Education University of Hong Kong in the spring term of 2023. Bruce has been a jury at the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards since 2022, the IATC(HK) Critics Awards in 2018, and the FIPRESCI Prize jury at the Hong Kong International Film Festival in 2023. Bruce is a member of the Hong Kong Film Critics Society and the International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong). As a renowned film critic in Hong Kong, Bruce published film reviews in a broad range of genres while specialising in contemporary Chinese-language films and religion-affiliated cinema. His film review can be seen in his columns published in Ming Pao, The News Lens, and Christian Times. A forthcoming book focusing on the film and religion of Bruce is expected to come out by the end of 2023.
inéphile et passionnée de littérature française, Jessica est une chercheuse en sciences sociales. Pour elle la traduction, au-delà de bâtir des ponts entre la France et Hongkong, est une manière de jouer le rôle de passeuse de la culture, de la mémoire et de l'identité de sa ville natale.
Découvrir le cinéma de Hong Kong de l'âge d'or fut un émerveillement dont Quang ne s'est jamais complètement remis. Sous-titrer le cinéma de Hong Kong d'aujourd'hui lui donne de nouveau l'occasion de se délecter d'un cinéma "Be water", qui garde toujours sa force et son identité en dépit des crises.
Taejune Ryu is an emerging Korean artist who is based in France recently. He was an awarded poet in Cheongju Jikji poem festival when he was 12 years old, after that he became a member of the Society of Young Korean Poet. After that, he studied in the école supérieure d'art Annecy Alpes and changed his art parth into visual art and began exploring elements of theatrical art in his works. His recent works included Immersive theater and visual Art project .
Jury of film selections
Philip HO is a film critic, producer, and screening event organiser based in Hong Kong and London. As a prominent film critic in Asian societies film critic in Asian societies, he is often invited to film awards to partake in the jury; previous experience includes, but is not limited to, the Hong Kong Film Awards in 2019 and 2020, the preliminary jury of the Taiwan International Documentary Festival in 2022; current member of Hong Kong Film Critics Society and the jury of initial film selections in the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF). Specialist in Asian Cinema, his critics can be seen in numerous renowned Chinese-speaking media, such as Mingpao (Hong Kong), Fleurs des Lettres (Hong Kong), Funscreen (Taiwan), Initium Media (Singapore), and DeepFocus (Mainland China); meanwhile, he participates in the edition and publication of books on cinema, recent works including analysis of David Lynch. The works of Philip can also be seen in images: producer of the film “Decarmeron” by Rita HUI Nga-Shu and the organiser of the short film program “Taste: Hong Kong Identity in Food and Film”, which is produced by the UK Barbican Center.