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A documentary film about designers who turn
their dream into a business in Hong Kong.

Designers Inbetween is a documentary revealing Hong Kong’s creative industry through the lens of a range of start ups to industry´s leading professionals. It is an introduction to what lies in the near future for creatives; rather than working inhouse, creating micro brands and working as an independent consultant.
Documentarists, Jonathan Ramalho and Oliver Lehtonen met for the first time during their multidisciplinary studies in the Hong Kong in 2013. Without previous movie making experience the duo set out on a bootstrapping adventure through Hong Kong’s creative industries and into the wildness of China’s manufacturing.

Look into the future of creatives

From design students to entrepreneurs to start ups and established professionals, ‘Designers Inbetween’ is for everybody interested to discover and learn more about the opportunities and the latest trends for businesses and individuals in the creative industry.

 


Unheard-of personal stories from some of the world´s top designers seen for the first time in front of the camera.

Fascinating look into how things are made and how designers run their design processes ranging from fashion and graphic to product design and beyond.

Leading insights into the world of start ups and valuable advices how to start your own design business.

How Hong Kong came to be one of the rising design centres of the modern world?

The risk and the challenges design entrepreneurs face in their daily lives as a startup founders.

It´s not only about making money – it´s doing good, making products that help people and create jobs.

 

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  1. MOViE MOViE Festival

    September 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  2. V.O.B Film festival

    September 6 @ 9:45 pm
  3. MOVIE MOVIE X DESIGN TRUST X DUDDELL’S SCREENING

    September 12 @ 5:30 am - 7:30 pm
  4. MOViE MOViE Festival

    September 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  5. Productized conference

    October 8 @ 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm

Documentary proudly presents

Some of the most influential creatives in Hong Kong who’ve profoundly impacted the industry:


David Ericsson

Founder, Void Watches

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David Ericsson

Josh Wright / June Lai

Catalyst Lifestyle

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Josh Wright / June Lai

Johan Persson

Founder, C'monde Studios Ltd

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Johan Persson

James Woodward / Rocky Yip

Founders, Entendre Studios Ltd.

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James Woodward / Rocky Yip

Roger Ball

Professor, Author, Designer

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Roger Ball

Paola Sinisterra / Ignacio Garcia

Founders, Tangram

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Paola Sinisterra / Ignacio Garcia

Katarina Ivarsson / Anna Karlsson

Founders, Boris Design Studio

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Katarina Ivarsson / Anna Karlsson

Jesse Mclin

Co-founder, Latitude 22N

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Jesse Mclin

Julie Progin

Co-founder, Latitude 22N

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Julie Progin

Henry Steiner

Founder, Steiner & Co

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Henry Steiner

Simon Squibb

CEO/Founder, NEST Investments

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Simon Squibb

Michael Young

Founder, Michael Young Ltd

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Michael Young

Sandy Choi

Founder, Sandy Choi

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Sandy Choi

Anders P Hellberg

Creative Director

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Anders P Hellberg



 


People who make Designers Inbetween possible:

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Co-Production with: OKAYLA and WUNDERLAND

a Film by JONATHAN RAMALHO & OLIVER LEHTONEN Executive Producer HENRIK VISURI Cameraman KELVIN KAN K Hong Kong Timelapse footage ALEJANDRO RODRIGUEZ  Photographer KEN LEUNG Original score by ANTTI RASI


Kickstarter_LogoDesigners Inbetween was successfully funded in Kickstarter. Thank you all our great backers who made it possible!



Behind the film

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First time film makers, Oliver Lehtonen and Jonathan Ramalho, set out on a bootstrapping adventure through Hong Kong´s design scene.

Built on trade and recognised today as one of the world’s leading financial centres, Hong Kong has always nurtured the independent business owner and a can-do entrepreneurial spirit. In their guerilla-style documentary, Jonathan Ramalho and Oliver Lehtonen set out to meet and interview as many locally-based designers as they could, to create a storyline about what drives these pioneers to put their livelihoods on the line, chase their dreams and realise their potential. The result is a compelling portrait of a truly unique international community brimming with creativity and fuelled by an infectious positivity.

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  • I also feel like Hong Kong is somewhere in between… it´s a frontier towards western markets.

    Johan Persson
  • …I invested everything I had in the first production batch… luckily it turned out well.

    David Ericsson
  • My advice for the Chinese designers is to keep their own style.

    Ceet
  • I tried to quit my job in the first week.

    Ellis Kreuger
  • Instead of starting all this: “How´s next Tuesday”, or: “What about the Wednesday after that”… he said: “How about now!”

    Roger Ball
  • I love Hong Kong because the threshold to do something here, is this high.

    Johan Persson

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