Professor Cheuk Pak Tong
Academy of Film

Professor Cheuk Pak Tong’s record of service to the University extends back to 1987 when the institution was still Hong Kong Baptist College. He has made immense contributions to the University and the community while serving as Head of the then Department of Cinema and Television from 2001-2009 and Director of the Academy of Film from 2009-2014.

To cope with the dynamic growth of the media industry in Greater China, Professor Cheuk played an important role in advancing the then Department of Cinema and Television to become the Academy of Film. Moreover, keeping fully abreast of the latest innovations in an ever-changing media landscape, he established a number of academic programmes including the Master of Fine Arts in Film, TV and Digital Media in 2003; the Professional Programme in Film (Higher Diploma) in 2009; the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Creative Writing for Film, Television and New Media in 2012; and the Master of Arts in Producing for Film, Television and New Media in 2013.

To enrich students’ learning experience, broaden their vision and enable them to meet face to face with leading figures in their field of studies, Professor Cheuk organised a rich array of Master classes, film and television festivals, forums and projects. They included one-week Master classes delivered by celebrated directors Dr. John Woo, Dr. Hou Hsiao-hsien and Mr. Tsai Ming-liang in 2004, 2007 and 2010 respectively. Professor Cheuk also founded and chaired the Global Chinese Universities Student Film and Television Festival, which has reached its 12th anniversary and is widely recognised as the University Oscars. Other large-scale forums organised by Professor Cheuk included the FILMART Asian Film Producers Forum 2011, the Global Chinese Film and TV Industry Forum and the Global Chinese Film Finance, Marketing and Management Forums in 2005 and 2006.

To promote the University’s image and vision in the region, Professor Cheuk has taken time out to attend talks and deliver seminars in mainland China, Macau and Taiwan. He has been highly successful in attracting students to study at the University. Liaising closely with the Government and private sector, Professor Cheuk has effectively secured more than HK$20 million in sponsorships over the past 10 years. These funds notably included HK$12.46 million from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust for equipment for the film and television studio.

Extending his service outside the University and strengthening links between the Academy, the industry and the community, Professor Cheuk is a member of the Create Smart Initiative Vetting Committee of Create Hong Kong; the Film Development Council; the Entertainment Industry Advisory Committee of the Trade Development Council; and advisor to the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme of the Immigration Department.

In recognition of Professor Cheuk’s highly distinguished record of dedication and his accomplishments in raising the prestige of the University, he is awarded the President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Service.