Post-handover, Hong Kong cinema faced crossroads. With box office already declining and the mainland market burgeoning, Hong Kong filmmakers started to adjust, experimenting with genre reinventions, local stories, new technologies, and alternative financing. Some, including many high-profile filmmakers, simply embraced partnership with the mainland. While some co-productions lack Hong Kong’s unique character, they still possess strong creativity and artistry. Meanwhile, a vital film scene that celebrates local culture and history has emerged. After 1997, there were no right answers for the Hong Kong film industry, only alternative paths, new voices and stories, and the hope of saving a historically unique and exciting cinema. In this special programme, 20 films that are highly representative of the post-97 Hong Kong cinema are selected. HKIFF is pleased to present screenings of 14 films, while the remaining 6 films will be screened in August.