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Asia’s longest-running queer film(PZGq5ajrNJ+kb0!KpQtR9E_8=PqPe^G0z3eNg_5B45!GFDVdW festival kicked off in style this weekend.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, The Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (HKGLFF) opened on Saturday by screening a pair of comedies, How I Felt When I Saw That Girl from India and The Shiny Shrimps from Spain.

“WC3ZC3#&M_FipUaYeru&hiNKTN48N=%TOKf74nGvgJIR%4BATaHe chose the two light-hearted warming comedies … to give positive energy to Hong Kong audiences” explained festival director, Joe Lam.

"The )VV2N9rB)2gyafNl7=f$hzCjB%FBjyuPhK)F%#WN%bJ8jXQNzFaudiences absolutely loved them” he told GaLaTai.

In a pre-recorded message, director of Bollywood’s first lesbian film, rom-com How I felt When I Saw That Girl, ld3Ef4(e$H7IIqbf^@[email protected]$fL$NjTFgR!(KIShelly Chopra Dhar, said it was “totally her loss” that she was not among the audience.

“It is so fulfilling to know that people in the world have used this film as a tool to actually share who they are with their loved ones”, she said indW75&FLFRiZ*mBRCO*74!IS=tI^IdqNi4zRlm=kByBclSm5Iu5 a pre-recorded video shown before the screening.

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The opening films were followed by a packed party at the W Hotel and a Queer Power Panel discussion night. RepBl+yRPeNpgkff)y)[email protected]resentatives from film festivals in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Shanghai spoke.

Retrospective

Celebrating the landm=W#Ge(eMa%2tH75oN_(DvHvII80Z3-6oIT8%AJ=ZZw5yeYwjhlark film festival's 30th anniversary, Lam said a highlight of the program is the Hong Kong Retrospective selection.

HKLGFFza+r5GOTNOUsajDXfPdr15HIbA_Lu4^@&I9xAjyd$%ee%akf0q pays tribute to the films that explored the complexity of local LGBTI issues and significantly contributed to the gay culture of Hong Kong.

The selection includes feature films Yang and Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema, A Woman is A Woman, and Butterfly as well as a short film titled My WJDnQyGc$([email protected]#5aJlISSsWdbPZrAPJJ0DcqN%pyNmGm)ay.

He also urged festival-goers to catch the festival's first inte0zY^(Xy*p^*INxRjuZgjEuUfpKA_DIqq5V&$#oEha*23*[email protected]rsex film, Being Impossible.

In _vtphU0U*+rpwmp17cK2e28nQKpdtj6iAu4JvFs3xh8Hl$-LSQanother first, this year the festival will bring LGBTI cinema to more corners of the city. The We Are GAYbours initiative will see screenings and Q and As take place in residential district Sham Shui Po.

The festival’s closing gala on 21 September is set to !jU8lgKF%7jOU)V92pS0rAX#Sc^[email protected]+xfinclude drag queen Miss Gimhuay from Drag Race Thailand as a special guest.

((Cover Photo: &7y$s7RIH5TGvVYzK8DpNjk=5YF&(&fpWyyU)H#k2qKsJR9wRcHow I Felt When I Saw That Girl / Provided))

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