Curator Ernest Chan brings an international programme to Hong Kong.

“Two years ago, the Film Programmes Office of the LCSD launched the !NSPIRE Series. It is an invitation to bring audience into the world of cinema to be inspired by the art of film. This year, by organising the !magine Fest, we are hoping to further broaden up viewers’ wild imagination and see the vast possibility brought by films. Imagination, by nature, is the ability to create something completely new in one’s mind from existing concepts or experiences. Without the capability to imagine, mankind might have not moved on from stone age. We are in an era of unpredictabilities – natural disasters, deaths and losses have put us through sorrow and pain. Imagination is the key to help us breakthrough limitations and hardships, giving us hope to transform the impossible into possible.

The !magine Fest is, as suggested by the title, takes imagination as its theme. Artistic creations stem from imagination. Although the majority of our film selection is either science fictions or fantasies, the programme does not focus on the genres themselves, nor it is about the visually stunning special effects. Our focal point is the fascinating storylines that provoke thoughts and imagination, the wild plots that reflect the most authentic sides of human nature – our angst and desire. These stories open up our minds and let us ponder on humanity, danger, death, or even fantasise about a deserted planet Earth. We are fueled by our imagination to conquer fear and regain hope in the process.” – Ernest Chan

Post-screening Talks after the following screenings (In Cantonese)

2001: A Space Odyssey
10/12/2023 (Sun) 2:30pm
Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA)
Speaker: Dr Derek Lam | Host: Ernest Chan

16/12/2023 (Sat) 3:30pm
Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA)
Speaker: Prof Mary Wong

The Bride of Frankenstein
17/12/2023 (Sun) 11:30am
Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA)
Speaker: Dr Stephanie Ng

The Face of Another
23/12/2023 (Sat) 1:30pm
Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA)
Speaker: Matthew Cheng

A Trip to the Moon
30/12/2023 (Sat) 11:30am, 2:30pm, 4:45pm
Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
Speaker: Willis Wong

A Matter of Life and Death
6/1/2024 (Sat) 2:30pm
Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA)
Speaker: Horace Chan

After Life
6/1/2024 (Sat) 7:00pm
K11 Art House
Speaker: Cheuk Cheung | Host: Ernest Chan

The Spirit of the Beehive
13/1/2024 (Sat) 3:30pm
Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA)
Speaker: Ka Ming

The Creatures
13/1/2024 (Sat) 7:30pm
K11 Art House
Speaker: Joyce Yang

Forbidden Planet
27/1/2024 (Sat) 2:30pm
Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
Speakers: Dr So Chu-wing, Ernest Chan