40th Hong Kong Film Awards postponed again due to Covid-19, this time to July

By Sylvia Looi

Monday, March 28, 2022 12:27 MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, March 28 – Organizers of the 40th Hong Kong Film Awards have announced that the event has been postponed again, this time to July.

This is the third time that the event, originally scheduled for April 17, has changed dates.

Earlier this month, it was announced that the event would be pushed back to June due to the worsening Covid-19 pandemic in the island state.

In a statement, organizers said it will be held at the Star Hall of the Kowloonbay International Trade and Exhibition Center (KITEC).

Hong Kong Film Awards Association (HKFAA) President Derek YEE Tung-sing said the decision to postpone once again came following the Hong Kong government’s recent announcement on easing the phased social distancing measures from April, including the reopening of performance halls.

“HKFAA Board Members, after careful consideration, have unanimously agreed to host the 40th Hong Kong Film Awards on the evening of July 17, 2022 at Star Hall, KITEC.”

“The HKFAA will continue to closely monitor the development of the pandemic and related government announcements, and hopes all counterparts will also continue to work in full cooperation to hold the ceremony as planned.

In a related development, organizers announced that Hong Kong actor, comedian, screenwriter and director Micheal Hui will receive the 40th Hong Kong Film Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

He is the eldest of the four Hui brothers and is considered by many to be one of the most prominent comedians in the Hong Kong film industry.