The fest, which runs March 17-April 6, will screen nearly 300 films from 46 countries.
This year's Filmmaker In Focus is Eric Tsang who has contributed to the festival eight of his earlier works and three new films that he has executive produced - the Winds Of September trilogy - three debut films by young directors from Hong Kong, China and Taiwan.
Among overseas guests expected to attend the HKIFF are Russian director Sergei Bodrov, whose Mongol will screen at the festival; Peter Greenaway, who makes his first appearance at HKIFF with Nightwatching, and Hong Kong-born, US-based Wayne Wang, who will present A Thousand Years Of Good Prayers and The Princess Of Nebraska.
As previously announced, the festival will open with Japanese director Yoji Yamada's Kabei - Our Mother and Soul Of A Demon, directed by Taiwan's Chang Tso-chi. The closing films are Martin Scorsese's Rolling Stones documentary Shine A Light and Shu Kei and Kwan Man-hin's Coffee Or Tea, which is also making its world premiere.