Emily Tang’s Perfect Life, about people coming to terms with the new social and economic realities of mainland China, was awarded the Golden Digital Prize in the Asian Digital Competition at this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF).


The Silver Digital Prize went to Malaysian director James Lee for gangster tale, Call If You Need Me, which was praised by the jury for being ‘testimony to the strength of the Malaysian new wave’.

The Humanitarian Award for best documentary went to Survival Song by China’s Yu Guangyi, which portrays peasant life in mainland China. The Humanitarian Award for outstanding documentary went to Japan’s Soda Kazuhiro for Mental, about the treatment of psychological disorders in Japan.

This year’s SIGNIS Award went to The Rainbow Troops by Indonesian director Riri Riza, while a special commendation was given by SIGNIS to Nakanishi Kenji for The Blue Bird. The FIPRESCI prize was awarded to A Northern Chinese Girl, from China’s Zou Peng.

The awards gala was held at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on March 31 and was followed by the gala screening of Taiwanese director Cheng Yu-chieh’s Yang Yang. The HKIFF runs until April 13.