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序言 Foreword

過去一年半,香港不少抗爭者付出了很大的代價,最近在放映《佔領立法會》與《理大圍城》之後,觀眾的心情都無比沉重,討論時都表現出對未知的前途感到悲觀,好像找不到出路,但回想起2014年9月28日的早上,又有多少人會想過自己幾小時後會有催淚彈在你身邊爆破呢?重要的是我們那天都出來了。

獨立電影本來就是相對於主流電影工業而產生,填補主流電影不敢或不想觸碰的空間,2014年之後,影意志籌辦了「雨傘紀錄片工作坊」,期間完成了《亂世備忘》, 2016年魚蛋革命之後,香港獨立電影節放映了《地厚天高》,去年反送中運動期間,「香港紀錄片工作者」更發表了《佔》和《理》兩部受到藝術肯定的作品;只不過這些電影雖然受到很多觀眾留意,但卻始終未能正常地在商業戲院發行放映,所謂非主流與主流的界線變得越來越模糊。而回看這些電影的類型,由過去幾年廣受觀眾留意的都是社會運動紀錄片,到今年的「香港獨立電影節」,想不到大家將會看到的,卻是劇情短片的「收成期」,年輕人把他們的抵抗意志,透過影像來一次大爆發。

雖然在放映渠道方面遇上種種困難,電檢處要求在電影放映之前加上的聲明字句,亦響起了創作自由的警號,但我想強調的是我們在這地方還是有拍攝、發放及觀賞電影的自由。幾天前我問一個電影系畢業的內地生,問他為什麼在這時勢還希望留在香港找工作,想不到他的答案非常簡單,他說無論如何,在香港學習這幾年,令他知道香港擁有的自由空間還是比中國大很多,所以請不要說我們要怎麼做到最後一天,而是要合力地保護這地方,令她不會沉淪下去。

我們一向沒有強調舉辦了幾多屆「香港獨立電影節」,因為我們從來不是朝什麼電影盛宴的方向去走,但今年決定加上第13屆,反而是更有決心一年一年地走下去,記得「第四屆香港獨立電影節」時,我們策展了由已故的張鐵樑博士協助籌辦的「小川紳介回顧展」,多謝「阿鐵」幫忙我們在被藝發局削資的一年,令影意志之路線變得更明確更堅定;記得當時有位日本記者問我,介紹小川紳介是希望香港觀眾有更多的選擇,還是希望像小川一樣將放映變成抗爭的一部份? 那時候我不懂回答,但到了今天,相信我們的行動已經回答了大家。如果明年「第14屆香港獨立電影節」真的不能夠再舉行,我就希望過去這13年的種子已撒落民間,如果這些電影繼續找不到正常放映的途徑,希望大家到時準備好將社區、網上或各種有創意的放映變成主流,把這些獨立的聲音流傳下去。

一把聲音也許微弱,但合眾人的聲音,足以讓全世界都聽見!

崔允信
影意志 藝術總監
第十三屆香港獨立電影節 策展人
A lot of protestors paid a high cost in the last one and a half year. In the recent screenings of Taking Back the Legislature and Inside the Red Brick Wall, audiences felt pessimistic about the future, because there seems to be no way out. But looking back at the morning of 28th September 2014, how many of us would think tear gas would be fired next to you? But what important was, we all came out that day.

To touch on topics that mainstream movies do not want to or do not dare to talk about, indie movies are created. Yellowing was produced in the Umbrella Movement Workshop’, organised by Ying E Chi after 2014; Lost in the Fumes was selected by HKIndieFF after the Fishball Revolution in 2016; two artistic films Taking Back the Legislature and Inside the Red Brick Wall were produced by Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers during the Anti-Extradition Bill Protests last year. Despite their popularity, films still cannot be shown in commercial cinemas. The boundary between mainstream and non-mainstream becomes increasingly blurry. Thinking back to our selections these few years, we have never expected the wide spectrum of movies, from popular social movement documentaries to florishing short films. Youngsters express their will to resistance through images.

Although the fact that we have a lot of difficulties in distribution; The Office for Film, Newspaper and Article Administration (OFNAA) requested us to add a disclaimer before showing the film; freedom to creat is at stake, we still have the freedoms to film, to distribute and to appreciate films in this place. A few days ago I asked a film graduate from China why he would still want to stay in Hong Kong. To my surprise, his answer was very simple: during his studies in Hong Kong, he realised there is a much bigger room for freedom here than in China. Therefore, please don’t ask us how to work till the last day, but together with us, keep this place from sinking.

We have never emphasized how many years we have been organising HKIndieFF, because we never want to make the festival like a gala. But to show our determination to organise festivals in the future, we decided to add ‘13th’ to the title. I would like to thank the late Dr. Tit Leung Cheung for co-curating ‘Indie Focus -- Ogawa Shinsuke’ in the 4th HKIndie FF, the year that HKADC reduced our grant, the year that we had a clear direction for Ying E Chi. A Japanese reporter asked me if we wanted to offer Hong Kong audiences more choices or if we turn screenings into part of the resistance. I didn’t know how to answer at that time, but now I think we answered with actions. If the 14th HKIndie FF is unfeasible, then I hope the seeds of the previous 13 years have already been spread in the civic society. If there are no conventional ways to screen these movies, then I hope we would be ready to turn all sorts of screenings -- in the society, online, or other creative methods-- into mainstream and pass the indie voice on.

Let the world hears us.

Vincent Chui
Artistic director of Ying E Chi
HKindieFF Programme Curator