HONG KONG — The upcoming edition of the Hong Kong International Film Festival will showcase a series of films and TV shows that have been backed by the territory’s top anti-graft body, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

In its 40 year existence the ICAC has funded numerous TV series that promote both the notion of fighting private- and public-sector corruption and the institution itself as the supreme anti-graft body on a par with the police.

As a by-product of its program-making initiatives the ICAC has along the way given opportunities to many film-makers, including Ann Hui, Herman Yau and Dante Lam. Its TV series, which screened on RTHK, TVB and other channels, were particularly successful in the 1980s before the crime genre was adopted by Hong Kong feature film.

The HKIFF’s ICAC series kicks off with a big-screen premiere of “ICAC Investigators — Better Tomorrow” (pictured), a feature-length show directed by Adam Wong, and supervised by Dante Lam. The series continues with a further 33 more episodes in various formats.

The festival (March 24 – April 7) will unveil its full line up later this week, on Thursday Feb 27.