WSAcademy: WSA Advisory Board Member
Albert Lee is one of Hong Kong’s most experienced and versatile film executives for over four decades, holding senior management positions across the production, distribution, exhibition and corporate sectors. Lee began his film career in 1979 when Golden Harvest recruited him. Over the next 21 years, Lee was an integral part of the team that produced, distributed and promoted films from Hong Kong’s Golden Age to all corners of the world. Since joining Emperor Motion Pictures in 2003, Lee helped establish the Hong Kong-based company as one of Asia’s most prominent and active production and distribution entities. Adding project development and production to his growing portfolio, Lee produced more than 20 films during his 15-year tenure and worked closely with filmmakers such as Jiang Wen, Jackie Chan, Dante Lam, Benny Chan and Jeff Lau. Lee was also instrumental in Emperor’s expansion into the exhibition sector in recent years. The company now operates more than 110 state-of-the-art screens in 13 locations across Mainland China and Hong Kong. A life-long cinephile and a dedicated student of cinema history, Lee is passionate about film preservation and managed several restoration projects, including Jiang Wen’s debut film, In the Heat of the Sun. He also takes great interest in film scores, working alongside Japanese maestro Joe Hisaishi and French composer Nicolas Errèra on several projects. Lee had sat on the Hong Kong Film Development Council and Singapore Media Festival’s advisory board. He had also served on the juries of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane, Venice Film Festival’s Opera Prima, Udine’s Far East Film Festival, Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival, International Film Festival & Awards Macao, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, and the Taipei Golden Horse Film Promotion Plan. A member of the China Film Association, Asia Pacific Screen Academy, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Producers Branch), Lee is the Executive Director of the Hong Kong International Film Festival since November 2018, having succeeded Roger Garcia.