The Hong Kong Film Archive building is a world-class facility. Five-storey high, its net floor area of 7,200 square meters is structurally divided into two big partitions. One side of the building is dedicated to storage, which has independent air conditioning system with dehumidification and acidic gaseous removal functions. The other side is used for screening, exhibition, offices and other public access functions.

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We are an internationally renowned film archive dedicated to preserving Hong Kong's film heritage, facilitating research and bringing film art to the community.


  • Collect and conserve Hong Kong films and related materials.
  • Catalogue and maintain the collection through a user-friendly computer system for easy access of information.
  • Provide film and related information for the film industry, researchers, and the general public.
  • Enhance appreciation and understanding of film art and film history by organising regular retrospective screenings, exhibitions, seminars and symposiums on film.
  • Research the history of Hong Kong cinema and publish quality publications.


  • Professionalism
  • Passion
  • Sharing
  • Collaboration

Selection of Collection Items and Programmes

In order to maintain a representative collection of films and film-related materials and to provide varied programmes for public appreciation, the following selection principles and criteria for acquisition and programming are adopted. A mechanism involving the endorsement by a Programme Committee with the advice from a panel of film advisers as and when necessary is in place to determine the acceptance of acquisition, donation and programming proposals.

Assessment Criteria for Collection Items:

  • Historical value
  • Social/Cultural significance
  • Information/Research value
  • Educational value
  • Artistic merits
  • Entertainment value
  • Language
  • Technical achievement
  • Usage and accessibility
  • "Loss principle" (while the loss of a particular item would be regretted in the future)

Assessment Criteria for Public Programmes:

  • Whether the programme falls into the scope of the Hong Kong Film Archive's vision, mission and values.
  • The idea, historical value, feasibility and educational value of the programme, as well as whether the estimated cost is reasonable.
  • Public appeal of the proposed programme.

Financial & Attendance Figures for 2018/2019

I. Expenditure

Items in HK$
1.Salaries 23,674,516
2.Operating Cost
(Technical and specialist services, maintenance and contract services, etc.)
3.Electricity, Cleaning and Security 8,066,653
4.Publicity and Printing 1,356,865
5.Exhibitions and Screening 3,541,394
Total 63,825,215

II. Revenue

Items in HK$
1.Hiring 48,411
2.Admission Charges 277,923
3.Other Revenue 397,498
Total 723,832

III. Attendance

Items Visitors
Attendance 145,490


Museum Expert Advisers (1 April 2020 to 31 March 2022)

Museum expert advisers are appointed by the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services for a period of two years to provide professional advice to the museums of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department on matters pertaining to the promotion of art, history, science and film, in particular the acquisition of collection items. Advisers specialising in the field of film are as follows:

(Names are listed in alphabetical order)

Name   Professional Background

Mr CHEUNG Tung Joe

- Honorary President, Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild
- Vice Chairman, Hong Kong Screenwriters' Guild

Mr CHONG Ching, John

- Co-founder, Media Asia Group


- Veteran film critic and researcher 

Mr Allan FUNG

- Director, Panorama Corporation Limited

Mr HO See Wing, Sampson

- Veteran film critic and researcher
- Member, Hong Kong Film Critics Society
- Former Programmer, Hong Kong Film Archive

Mr LAM Yuk Wah, Peter

- Vice President, Hong Kong Televisioners Association
- Director, Hong Kong Motion Picture Industry Association

Mr LAU Yiu Kuen, MH

- Member of Advisory Peer Group (2018-2021),
  Creative Writings and Film Arts Programme,
  The Open University of Hong Kong
- Final Year Project External Examiner (2011-2014) and Expert Consultant (2016),
  School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong
- Jury Member, Chinese Documentary Festival (2008-2016)
- Board of Director, Hong Kong Film Critics Society
- Board of Director, The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (2001-2019)
- Former Programmer, Hong Kong Film Archive

Mr NG See Yuen, BBS, JP

- Honorary Permanent Chairman, Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers
- Honorary Permanent President, Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild
- Advisor, Hong Kong International Film Festival

Mr SEK Kei

- Veteran film critic and researcher

Mr SHU Kei

- Former Dean, School of Film and Television,
  The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
- Film Producer/Director

Prof SZE Man Hung, Stephen

- Professor, Department of Motion Pictures and Video, Kun Shan University (Retired)