Animators’ Roundtable Forum

Source: Association for Chinese Animation Studies (4/21/22)
Animators’ Roundtable Forum: Hong Kong Animation, Zoom Webinar, May 12-14, 2022

The history of Hong Kong animation has always been translocal and transnational. It can be traced back to at least the late 1940s, when some mainland animators and cartoonists in exile like the Wan Brothers, Zhang Guangyu, Liao Bingxiong, and Te Wei made animated shorts and even experimented with the making of an animated feature film in postwar Hong Kong. But the local animated filmmaking did not begin until the 1950s, when advertising companies initiated the practice of using animation in commercials. Live-action filmmakers also began to skillfully incorporate animated special effects into martial arts cinema and experiment with animation techniques in short films. The early 1980s witnessed the rise of animated feature films with the release of Old Master Q series, which were co-productions between Hong Kong and Taiwan. Tsui Hark’s CGI feature A Chinese Ghost Story (1997) involved the professionals and studios in Japan, Taiwan, and mainland China. It was not until 2001 that a locally produced animated feature film, My Life as McDull, made its debut in Hong Kong. With the digital turn in the 1990s, independent animated filmmaking flourished, characterized by a variety of narrative and formal innovations that enriched the international film festivals around the world. Locally produced but marked by a distinct anime style with Hong Kong flavor, Kong Kee’s Dragon Delusions project (2018-present) opened a new path for Hong Kong independent animation. The co-production of Astro Boy (2009) between Hong Kong and the world also blazed a trail for Hong Kong commercial animation. Amidst the global flows of culture, can we still defend the “Hong Kongness” of Hong Kong animation in a floating city that is disappearing?

This roundtable forum will discuss animated filmmaking in Hong Kong, past, present, and future, from the insider perspectives of these animators who have left their footprints in history of Hong Kong animation. They will discuss a diverse range of topics, including the history and heritage of Hong Kong animation, independent animation, commercial animation, experimental and abstract animation, and animation education. They will also share hidden histories and names never disclosed to the public, rarely seen animated films and photos, as well as their dreams, struggles, joys, regrets, and pains along the journey.

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In accordance with the Copyright Ordinance of Hong Kong, photographing and video recording are not allowed. Violation of copyright laws will result in legal action.


Jake Junjie ZHANG , Computational Media and Arts Thrust Area, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou), PRC

Isabel GALWEY, Division of Humanities, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR


Division of Humanities, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR

Computational Media and Arts Thrust Area, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou), PRC

Panel 1: 9:00am-12pm, May 12 (Thursday, Hong Kong time), Hong Kong Animation Heritage, chaired by Daisy Yan DU, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR

“Welcome Speech,” Steven B. MILES, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR

“My History of Animation: From Socialist Shanghai to Hong Kong and Taiwan,” 

FUNG Yuk Song , senior animator

“The Path of Independent Animation in Hong Kong,” 

LO Che Ying , Hong Kong Animation Industry and Cultural Association, Hong Kong SAR

“Hong Kong Animation’s Cosmopolitan Characteristics,” 

Keeto LAM , senior animator

“Animation in Transnational Digital Networks: Anime and Hong Kong’s Social Movement,” 

Mateja KOVACIC and Yuqi ZHANG , Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR

Panel 2: 4:00pm-6:30pm, May 12 (Thursday, Hong Kong time), Independent Animation, chaired by Jake Junjie Zhang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou), PRC  

“Hong Kong Independent Animation,” 

MAK Siu Fung and Billy TANG , independent animator, Hong Kong SAR

“Scribbled Thoughts About Negative and Dramatic Territories in Animation,”

Emily WONG , Animation Creative Director and artist in residence of Hsinchu, Taiwan

“Sustainability of Independent Animation Career,” 

Lilian FU , Independent Animator, United Kingdom

“Pushing Boundaries: Short Independent Animations in Hong Kong during the Digital Turn,” Isabel GALWEY, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR

Panel 3: 9:00am-12pm, May 13 (Friday, Hong Kong time), Experimental/Abstract Animation, chaired by Yiman Wang, University of California, Santa Cruz   

“Abstract and Experimental Animation in Hong Kong,” 

Max HATTLER , City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR

“Experimental 3D Animation,” 

HU Rui , Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou), PRC

“Alternative Perspectives,” 

Louise PAU , Unsensible, Hong Kong SAR

“Animation as Fine Art for Galleries and Museums,” 

Tamas WALICZKY , City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR

Panel 4: 4:00pm-6:30pm, May 13 (Friday, Hong Kong time), Producing Animation, chaired by Isabel Galwey, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR 

“Metaverse and Its Impact on the Animation Industry,” 

Lily LEUNG , Nikopicto Limited, Hong Kong SAR

“A Curious Toddler – the Animation Adventures of Studio Biped’s Founders,” 

Angela WONG and Anita SO , Studio Biped, United Kingdom

“Make Hong Kong Animation a Bigger World,” 

Polly YEUNG , Point Five Creations, Hong Kong SAR

“Why Do You Want to Animate? This Is Art and Craft,” Welby CHEUNG, Crossfade Creative Ltd, Hong Kong SAR

Panel 5: 9:00am-12pm, May 14 (Saturday, Hong Kong time), Commercial Animation, chaired by Gigi Tze-yue Hu, independent scholar

“Avatar – From CG Character Design to Different Mediums,”

Nicolas LESAFFRE , Nikopicto Limited, Hong Kong SAR

“Creative Business: Develop Your Own Creative World,” 

LAM Pei , Lam Pei Studio, Hong Kong SAR

“Hong Kong Comics X Animation Unique Advantages and Future Development Opportunities,”

Peter NG , Pai Pai Shou Studio, Hong Kong SAR

“An Uphill Battle: Making a Famous Japanese Animation Title (Astro Boy) for the International Markets,” Kinson Cheung, Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Hong Kong SAR

Panel 6: 4:00pm-6:30pm, May 14 (Saturday, Hong Kong time), Hong Kong Animation and Higher Education, chaired by Kenny Ng, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR

“10 Years of Teaching Animation and More in Hong Kong,” 

Michael ROBINSON , Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR

“Project-driven Animation Education and Practice Based on my Teaching in Hong Kong,” 

Jake Junjie ZHANG , Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou), PRC

“Difference as Motor: An Outsider’s Perspective on Developing and Creating Authentic Hong Kong Film,” 

Tim PATTINSON , Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR

“Where Are We Going Next? Sharing an Insight on the Animation Education and Industry in Hong Kong,”

Jae-Eun OH , Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR

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