2023 FHFF Director Series "Best of the Fest"


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We are the only planet with oceans, and they are indispensable for our survival. However, many people are unaware of the importance of ocean creatures and how to protect them. This is because they don’t really see them every day. Sea creatures are just lunch or dinner or an ingredient in cosmetics. Young scuba diver Ema Poposka believes if people could see the beauty of the ocean and of the corals, they will change their minds about sea protection. This inspired her to join Action for a Cause to produce a documentary film about Hong Kong corals. Ema’s aim with the documentary film made by kids is to raise awareness about the uniqueness of Hong Kong corals, the need to start taking care of corals, and how we can do this in our everyday life. This documentary was made by a crew of 12 to 15-year-old students.

Director Statement

I believe that storytelling is a way to develop empathy for the environment and give a voice to those who can’t speak for themselves.

Director Biography - Ema Poposka

Ema Poposka is a Y9 student at Renaissance College Hong Kong. Born in North Macedonia in 2008, she moved to Hong Kong with her family when she was three years old. Ema is an award-winning young photographer and has appeared in TV programmes, studied screenwriting with HKYAF, acting with Faust International Youth Theatre, and musical theatre with Face Academy. Ema’s passion for protecting the sea and sea creatures developed since early age as she loves spending time near the sea, surfing, sailing and diving. The Living Sea is Ema’s first film.


Friday Harbor Film Festival wishes to thank Suzie Mygatt Wakefield for sponsoring the Student Film Competition.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    15 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Hong Kong
  • Director
    Ema Poposka
  • Screenwriter
    Ema Poposka
  • Producer
    Kids4Kids Powered by Youth Forum Hong Kong
  • Cinematographer
    Colin Chu (underwater photography), Ema Poposka (underwater photography)
  • Composer
    Angus Yip