Academy of Film alumna named Best New Director at HK Film Awards
Norris Wong, a 2012 graduate of the Academy of Film’s Master of Fine Arts in Film, Television and Digital Media programme, won the Best New Director award at the 39th Hong Kong Film Awards with her debut My Prince Edward.
The work has already racked up a number of awards including the NETPAC Award, which was co-presented by the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and the Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema. Norris was also given the Best Screenplay award and the Recommended Film honour by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society, and she was named Best New Director by the Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild.
Professor Eva Man, Director of the Academy of Film, said: "Norris’s feature film debut has been widely recognised and has garnered a number of awards from international and local film industries. We all are very proud of her achievements as a promising young director.”
Set in Golden Plaza, a shopping mall well-known for bridal shops and budget wedding supplies in the Prince Edward district, the film is about the societal pressure that modern women face to get married. My Prince Edward was also one of the winning entries in the Higher Education Institution Group at the 4th First Feature Film Initiative, and it received funding from the Government’s Film Development Fund to support the production. Norris is the third Academy of Film alumni to have won the competition.
Noris Wong (left) wins the Best New Director award at the 39th Hong Kong Film Awards. On her right is Chu Pak-hong, the leading actor of My Prince Edward (Photo Credit: Norris Wong)