Making Waves – Navigators of Hong Kong Cinema will celebrate Hong Kong's cinematic arts by showcasing an 8-film program at Cinema Akil and a GPP-produced exhibition of stills and behind-the-scenes images from Hong Kong cinema.


Dubai will be the 15th stop for the film festival after it has traveled to 14 cities worldwide and will feature the best of Hong Kong cinema in the presence of their filmmakers who will introduce the films and engage with the audience after their respective screenings.


Cinema lovers will also be able to appreciate the artistic creation of Hong Kong cinema through a specially curated photo exhibition in collaboration with Gulf Photo Plus. The exhibition, opening at 7:30 PM on December 9, at the Seeing Things Studio, Alserkal Avenue, will showcase the works of four renowned unit photographers, and will be open for the duration of the festival (December 9 – 14).


You will also get a chance to meet Quist Tsang, one of the 4 unit photographers whose work will be featured in the exhibition and who will be attending the opening to interact with visitors in-person.




Click here to learn more about the exhibition, and register here for the opening. 



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About Create Hong Kong (CreateHK)

CreateHK is a dedicated office under the Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau of the Government of the HKSAR to lead, champion and drive the development of the creative economy in Hong Kong. It coordinates governmental policy and effort regarding creative industries, focuses governmental resources on promoting and speeding up the development of creative industries in Hong Kong, and works closely with the trade to boost the growth of creative industries.


About Cinema Akil

Cinema Akil is an independent cinema platform that brings quality films worldwide to audiences in the UAE. Showcasing directors and filmmakers across the decades, Cinema Akil aims to create awareness and interest in film and the cinematic arts. Launched in 2014 as a nomadic cinema, Cinema Akil has held over 60 pop-up cinemas attracting over 65,000 attendees in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. In September 2018, Cinema Akil opened its first permanent location in Al Quoz, Dubai making it the Gulf Cooperation Council's first arthouse cinema.

About Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Dubai (Dubai ETO)

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Dubai, established in 2021, is the official representative of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China in the six member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), namely Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. It is responsible for enhancing the understanding of Hong Kong's unique advantages, advancing Hong Kong's economic and trade interests, and supporting overseas enterprises in expanding business in Hong Kong. The Dubai ETO maintains close liaison with local governments, businesses and trade organisations and monitors and reports on developments likely to affect Hong Kong's trade and economic interests.