Creative industries in Hong Kong have immense development potential. The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (the Government) recognises that creative industries are not only Hong Kong’s new economic drivers, but are also popular professions among young people. Creativity makes Hong Kong a more attractive international city. In 2019, our creative industries, powered by 28,780 establishments and 136,880 practitioners, had a combined nominal added value of around $61.4 billion, contributing to around 2.2% of Hong Kong’s gross domestic product.
The Communications and Creative Industries Branch (CCIB) under the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau has policy responsibilities over eight creative sectors: advertising, architecture, design, digital entertainment, film, music, printing and publishing, and television.
In promoting the development of our creative industries, the Government adopts an industry-led approach by providing funding support to worthwhile projects initiated and organised by the trade via two dedicated Government funding schemes: the Film Development Fund (FDF) for the film sector and the CreateSmart Initiative (CSI) for the seven non-film sectors.
Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) was set up under CCIB in 2009 as a dedicated agency to lead, champion and drive the development of our creative industries. It also serves as the secretariat of the CSI and FDF.
The Film Services Office of CreateHK facilitates filming of local and overseas film and television productions in Hong Kong, advising and assisting production crews on matters such as location scouting, obtaining permission for location filming, and lane closure, as well as performs statutory functions of issuing licences and permits for use of special effects materials (e.g. pyrotechnics and inflammable materials) in production of films, television, and other entertainment programmes.
CreateHK supports the development of the film sector mainly through the FDF. The FDF was first set up in 1999. Since 2005, together with a $1 billion injection in 2019, the Government has injected a total of $1.54 billion into the FDF to support the local film industry along four strategic directions:
b)enhancing local production;
c)expanding markets; and
Over the years, the FDF has funded over 60 film productions, grooming 48 new directors and 19 new producers through various schemes. The productions have won more than 130 local and overseas awards.
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CreateHK supports the development of the seven non-film creative sectors through the CSI. The CSI was set up in 2009. With a $1 billion injection in 2018, the Government has injected a total of $2 billion into the CSI to date to support projects initiated and organised by the trade to meet the three strategic foci:
a)nurturing talents and facilitating startups;
b)exploring markets; and
c)promoting Hong Kong as Asia’s creative capital and fostering a creative atmosphere in the community.
Over the years, CSI has funded over 500 projects covering a large variety of projects, ranging from incubation programmes and graduate support schemes, locally held business matching and promotional events, to participation in architectural exhibitions, game shows, book fairs, fashion weeks and advertising competitions etc. in Greater China and overseas.
The CSI is open for application throughout the year.
Through the CSI and FDF, we support the trade in organising talent exchange programmes and business matching sessions with their GBA and B&R counterparts, to share experiences and develop markets. CreateHK also organises and leads delegation visits to GBA cities and B&R countries and regions from time to time.
Design thinking is commonly considered as a human-centered approach to innovation. Its core principles are problem identification, co-designing the solutions with the client, and employing empathy throughout the journey. It is our policy objective to promote design thinking across different age groups and sectors as a problem-solving tool, as well as within the Government to enhance efficiency, better meet the needs of the public, and realise the “people-oriented” service culture.
With the facilitation of the Efficiency Office, design thinking has been increasingly adopted in public services and Government initiatives in recent years. We also sponsor community design thinking projects through the CSI.