Mr. Roger Garcia - "Globalization and Film Festivals: A Personal Journey"
Beginning as head of the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) soon after its creation in the late 1970s, Roger Garcia has witnessed the growth of film festivals in the Asian region, and also the development of international awareness of Asian cinema. Following his initial directorship of the HKIFF, Garcia has worked with festivals around the world helping bring filmmakers from Hong Kong, Philippines, Malaysia and others to the international festival community. Creating an experimental film group in the 1980s, working in Hollywood in the 1990s, and independent productions in the Philippines and Japan in the 2000s, Garcia has also seen how film festivals can both help and hinder the development of film and filmmakers in Asia.
Speaker: Mr Roger Garcia
- Producer of commercial Hollywood box office hit and independent and experimental films in Asia
- Awarded Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Government
Roger Garcia was head of the Hong Kong International Film Festival in the late 1970s and from 2010-2018 when he was also responsible for the co-production market and executive director of the Asian Film Awards Academy. He has served as juror, programmer and adviser to film festivals in Asia, America and Europe. His writings on cinema have been published extensively by Asiaweek, British Film Institute, Cahiers du Cinema, Film Comment, Variety among others. As producer his works include commercial Hollywood box office hit, and independent and experimental films in Asia. He also created and produced the first TV series on Asian cinema in the US (Comcast cable). He was awarded Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Government, and sits on board of directors of M Plus Museum in Hong Kong. He is currently artistic consultant to the Hainan Island International Film Festival.