As HKBU School of Communication entered into its 50th year in 2018, the Academy of Film (AF) under the School held its reunion dinner on 23 January to kick off a series of celebratory events that will run throughout the year.

The reunion dinner gathered more than 250 faculty, students, alumni and staff as well as friends from the film industry. A number of faculty and students showcased their skills and talents in a variety of performances, creating a lively and entertaining evening for all.

The officiating guests of the AF 50th Anniversary Reunion Dinner included Chairman of the Hong Kong Film Development Council Mr Ma Fung-kwok, Chairman of the HKBU Council and the Court Mr Cheng Yan-kee, President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Roland Chin, Dean of the School of Communication Professor Huang Yu, and Director of AF Professor Eva Man.

In his opening speech, Mr Ma Fung-kwok remarked that AF graduates are seen almost everywhere in the film industry, holding different positions. He sincerely wished for AF to soar to new heights and nurture even more film talent who can make significant contributions to the industry in Hong Kong and the Greater China Region.

Professor Eva Man remarked that for more than 40 years, AF (the then Department of Film and Television) has trained a great many talented professionals for the film and television industry. Many of them have become important figures in the Hong Kong film industry. Recent graduates won countless awards and have become a new force in the industry. She specifically thanked the faculty and students of the School for their passion and diligence, and sustained efforts that ensure that AF continues to shine in the film industry.

During the dinner, alumnus Steve Chan, the director of the movie Weeds on Fire, alumnus Rachel Leung, the main female character of the movie Somewhere Beyond the Mist, and alumnus Chan Tze-woon, the director of the movie Yellowing shared their precious school memories and work experience with the audience. In addition, current students and alumni put on brilliant pipa, singing and magic performances as well as a short comedy sketch.

To celebrate the School's 50th anniversary, AF will hold a series of academic talks and public events, including the "Watch Great Movies" screening series every Wednesday night; screenings of topical films in March under the title of "Film Tells: Hong Kong"; as well as the international academic conference on documentary films in June. For more details, please visit the AF website: http://af.hkbu.edu.hk/.