As with all grand openings, the launch of the 34th HKIFF started with the streaming of the stars and invited guests on the ceremonial red carpet. I guess the best way to do so is through the following presentation:
With of course the loudest cheers reserved for the arrival of the director and cast for the opening film, Crossing Hennessy
Here's a look inside the Cocktail Ceremony:
before the speech by Mr Wilfred Wong, Chairman of the HKIFF Society, and Mrs Rita Lau, JP, Secretary, Commerce and Economic Development, both of whom welcomed all the guests, and to touch on the festival's highlights.
Then comes the introduction to the Opening film Crossing Hennessy, with writer-director Ivy Ho, and cast members Tang Wei, Andy On, Lowell Lo and Paw Hee-Ching:
and the introduction to the other opening film Like a Dream, with director Clara Law and co-writer Eddie Fong:
before the proceedings concluded with a countdown to the start of the 34th HKIFF!