Mainland Chinese won’t be able to watch the 35th Hong Kong Film Awards on television or online.
China Central Television (CCTV) and internet giant Tencent.com said they won’t broadcast the awards, in which Ten Years, a bleak movie about Hong Kong’s future, has been nominated for best film.
While Hong Kong commentators had praised the film as one of the most important offerings of the city’s movie industry, the Communist Party mouthpiece Global Times lambasted it for spreading anxiety among Hongkongers.
Tencent.com told the organizers of the film awards it will not carry the ceremony, which is scheduled for April 3, Apple Daily reported Sunday.
China Central Television (CCTV), which owns the broadcasting rights in the mainland, said the same.
Derek Yee Tung-sing, chairman of the Hong Kong Film Awards Association, confirmed the news.
He said the Office of the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs has banned Tencent.com from broadcasting the awards.
Ten Years comprises five short films, each of which offers a discouraging vision of Hong Kong in the year 2025.
They show the dwindling of freedom and human rights as the Chinese government tightens its grip on the city.
Although its budget was just HK$500,000 (US$64,400), the movie turned out to be a surprise hit at the local box office.
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