According to Variety, the Hong Kong Film Awards Association explained that many scheduled theatrical releases have been delayed or canceled as cinemas are unable to operate normally. As a result, there will be no ceremony in 2021 and it will consider Hong Kong-made films released in both 2020 and 2021 as eligible for the 2022 edition.
This year’s awards ceremony in May was canceled, and then moved to an online streaming presentation.
Variety reported that cinemas in Hong Kong were twice ordered to shut down as the territory was hit by second and third waves of the epidemic.
They closed for six weeks, from the end of March to May 8, and again on July 15 until the end of August. They are now open again, but must maintain strict social distancing measures, selling no more than 50 percent of the seats in each auditorium.
The restrictions meant that during the first six months the box office suffered a 72 percent plunge. Figures from Hong Kong Box Office Ltd. showed January to June receipts totaled just $37.8 million, compared to $135 million during the same period last year.