Includes screening, talk and masterclass with Les Mis actor Eddie Redmayne in a bid to develop UK-Asia cultural exchange.

BAFTA has announced its first series of events in Hong Kong and established an advisory board with leading industry figures from Hong Kong and the UK as it looks to expand its activity abroad.

The events kick off on Sunday (Dec 1) with a screening of BAFTA Shorts 2013, a selection of BAFTA-nominated short films and animations from the Film Awards earlier this year, at the Clockenflap Festival.

The first meeting of the new BAFTA Hong Kong Advisory Board takes place on Monday (Dec 2).

On Tuesday (Dec 3), Les Miserables actor Eddie Redmayne will participate in an intimate ‘Academy Circle’ event, hosted by Hong Kong actress and presenter Lisa S, at The Peninsula Hong Kong for local supporters of BAFTA’s mission in Asia.

The following day, the actor, who also starred opposite Michelle Williams in My Week With Marilyn, will participate in an acting masterclass with students at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry said: “The upcoming BAFTA activity in Hong Kong is a chance for us to bring together the UK and Asian creative communities and engage and inspire career-starters across the region.”

The BAFTA Hong Kong Advisory Board members include:

  • Jonathan Caplan QC (Chair)
  • Claire Breen Melwani
  • Kevin Burke
  • Peter Chan
  • Shu Kei
  • Duncan Kenworthy
  • Levina Li-Cadman
  • Peter Loeh
  • John McLellan
  • Sandra Ng
  • William Pfeiffer
  • Darren Shaw
  • Nansun Shi
  • Yat Siu
  • Fred Wang
  • Katherine Yip.

The board will advise on a range of activity to encourage greater UK-Asia collaboration between the film, television and games industries and practitioners.

There will be another announcement on Tuesday at The Peninsula in Hong Kong with further details about BAFTA’s plans in the region.