A Buddhist, moving image and sound artist, Anson Hoi Shan Mak studied film for her undergraduate degree, film and cultural studies for M. Phil, and a mix of moving image, sound and web-based archival projects for the Doctoral degree. She has been interested in the cityscape and the notion of time.

Besides single-channel film/video, she also does phonography sound art, sound installations and web-based projects. She is especially interested in experimental ethnography and novelty of the medium of Super 8 film in the digital era. Recently, she is interested in lens-based inter-media works (120mm photography, video and super 8 film) and pantam culture and performance. Her works are shown in many international film festivals and exhibitions: International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Vancouver International Film Festival, Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, etc.

Currently, she works as an Associate Professor in the Academy of Visual arts, Hong Kong Baptist University.

Selected Filmography


2020 Fear(less) and Dear
Feature-length, documentary, Hong Kong
2019 Never Cross A River Twice
Short, experimental, Hong Kong
2015 From The Factories
Web-based, documentary, Hong Kong
2012 On The Edge Of A Floating City, We Sing
Feature-length, documentary, Hong Kong
2009 A Map Of Our Own: Kwun Tong Culture and Histories
Web-based, documentary, Hong Kong
2009 Who’s Afraid Of Ghost?!
Short, experimental, Hong Kong
2007 One-Way Street On A Turntable
Feature-length, documentary, Hong Kong
2006 Goodbye
Short, documentary, Hong Kong
2003 Tra(i)nsient
Short, experimental, Hong Kong
1997 Celebration in the Time of Bitter Songs
(Movement Version)
Short, documentary, Hong Kong
1991 Two of Three Thing I Know About Them
Short, experimental, Hong Kong

Grants & Awards


2018 Hong Kong Arts Development Council Project Grant
Film and Media Arts Committee
One Place ,Two Systems, Ten Years (inter-media work for Solo Show in 2018) (project grant $165,000, role as artist)
2016 – 2018 UGC General Research Grant
 Convergence of Documentary and Contemporary Art Practices In Hong Kong: Experimental Ethnography”(GRF HK$275,000, FRG grant, HK$89550, role as PI)
2012 – 2015 UGC General Research Grant
Artists’ Studios and their practices in Kwun Tong Industrial Buildings: An Ethnographic Hypermedia Research (GRF HK$462,370, role as PI)
2013 Best Young Researcher’s Award
President’s Award for Outstanding Performance
Hong Kong Baptist University, 2013
2010 – 2011 Hong Kong Arts Development Council Project Grant
Film and Media Arts Committee
On The Edge Of A Floating City, We Sing
(project grant of $262,400, role as producer and director)
2010 A Map of Our Own: Kwun Tong Culture and Histories
Sliver Award(no gold award is granted), Interactive Media Arts category, Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Award, Hong Kong
(role as Project producer and one of the contributors)
2009 Who’s Afraid of Ghost?
Best Sound Prize
Cambridge International Super 8 Film Festival, UK
2004 – 2006 Hong Kong Arts Development Council Project Grant
Film and Media Arts Committee – a film project:
One-Way Street On A Turntable (project grant of $99,916)
Sept 2005 Mapping Trainscape
Gold Prize, YAGEO Sound Art Prize
An International Sound Art Award
Sponsored by YAGEO Arts Foundation and
Taipei National Culture and Arts Foundation