Hong Kong

FilmAid Asia’s Power of Film Gala 2014

On March 22, 2014, Clearwater Bay Studios, Hong Kong, was over run by influential individuals from the film and humanitarian sector. More than 400 people arrived from around the globe to celebrate FilmAid Asia’s Power of Film Gala and ultimately raise over HK$3.5 million. The evening was filled with generous individuals, committed to FilmAid’s mission of projecting hope and changing lives through the medium of film. 

This was the Gala’s third year and the third time for Moet & Chandon to demonstrate their unwavering support of FilmAid Asia by acting as the presenting partner for the event. The night was filled with stars, and members of the FilmAid Board, unanimously dedicated to FilmAid’s values; Tilda Swinton and Donnie Yen paid tribute to the humanitarian filmmaker Ruby Yang, whilst other guests included Jamie Campbell Bower, Fan Bingbing, Godfrey Gao, and Cheng Pei-pei.

Ruby Yang was honoured by FilmAid Asia for her contribution to using media to promote awareness of crucial social issues, for example, through founding Chang Ai Media Project to raise awareness of HIV in China. On top of that, Yang’s world renowned documentaries touch on diverse themes, ranging from the posionous consequences of chemical plants, to the lives of gay men in China who are obliged to marry women in order to please their parents.

The evening was spent enjoying a performance by Grandmaster Flash . After cocktails, guests were seated for a special dinner prepared by the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Following this, the charity auction begun, which included items such as tickets to Burberry's London Fashion show, and an original artwork by graffiti artist Mr Brainwash. In addition, and as a complete surprise to everyone, Tilda Swinton ingeniously auctioned off the reading of a bedtime story to the highest bidder in the room. Jamie Campbell Bower attended the Gala as FilmAid's Global Artist Council member and assisted Levina Li-Cadman and Claire Breen Melwani raise funds during the Educate Through Film section. Jamie also auctioned his guitar to raise extra funds.  All this money raised is invaluable and supports the ongoing programs in Asia, which include skills training for NGOs, film production, community outreach to refugees and mobile cinemas which raise awareness of social and health issues.

FilmAid thanks its generous sponsors for the event, and the unceasing generosity of the guests, who made the third inaugural Power of Film Gala Asia, the best yet.

Guests Attend FilmAid Asia Screening of "Plastic Oceans"

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Last night FilmAid Asia and long term supporters Moet & Chandon and The Upper House teamed up to host an exclusive cocktail and screening of "Plastic Oceans" - a documentary that unveils the catastrophic impact of disposable plastic on the environment.

Approximately 50 guests were able to preview the highly anticipated film and seek insight from Film Producer, Jo Ruxton, and Chief Conservations Officer, Cynthia Phillips, PHD, on solutions to the global plastic disaster.

To view the film yourself, please contact kforster@filmaid.org.

FilmAid Asia visits Island School

Yesterday afternoon, FilmAid Asia visited Island School in order to engage with sixth form students seeking projects for the Creativity, Action and Service element of their International Baccalaureate programmes.

FilmAid Co-Chair Magdalena Corso was assisted by three FilmAid student volunteers who shared FilmAid's role in Asia with their peers.

Students were inspired by the recently produced Tread Carefully, a video on landmine awareness, which was on display at the FilmAid Asia booth, and enthusiastically shared their own ideas in impromptu brainstorming sessions.An impressive 40 students opted to sign up to FilmAid!

With recent FilmAid events attracting a dedicated teenage following, we are thrilled to continue working with our younger supporters and sharing their projects in the near future!

FilmAid Welcomes Mortal Instruments Cast at Exclusive Hong Kong Screening in Aid of Asia Programs

On Saturday 31st August, FilmAid Asia collaborated with HUGO BOSS to host an exclusive screening of the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, with actors Jamie Campbell Bower and Godfrey Gao (seen above with Gerrit Ruetzel, CEO and president of HUGO BOSS Hong Kong) in attendance.

Over 600 tickets were sold in aid of the charity with over 200 of the tickets being donated to Project Share, providing underprivileged children the chance to not only see the movie, but meet their favorite stars in person.  

Well attended by media, fans, and celebrities alike, the event was a great success and saw funds raised for FilmAid Asia's regional projects which include compelling campaigns to raise landmine awareness and combat human trafficking. 

FilmAid Asia would like to thank all our generous sponsors and supporters for helping to make the day such a success and we look forward to welcoming Jamie and Godfrey, both members of the Global Artists Council, back for the next instalment of the Mortal Instruments!

Jamie Campbell Bower and some young guests