Hong Kong International Film Festival and Market Preview

 Martin Haake

Will the Crisis in Japan Affect Hong Kong’s Filmart?

With rescue efforts and disaster relief the foremost concern for all in Japan since the earthquake and tsunami hit the island nation March 11, it is not yet clear whether Japanese attendance at Filmart and the concurrent events will be affected.

“There will be 42 Japanese exhibitors at Filmart. Since the earthquake, we have not received any request for withdrawal from these exhibitors at the moment,” says a spokesperson from the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the organizers of Filmart.

Filmart organizers and local Hong Kong participants are still trying to assess the situation since the disaster struck, some saying visitors from Japan are expected to cancel. However, no concrete plans have been made as of press time.

Salon Films chairman Fred Wang, who is organizing a forum on Asia content business for Day 3 of Filmart, told The Hollywood Reporter that speakers and participants from Japan are not going to make their trip to Hong Kong, while participants of the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum from Japan have not decided yet whether to attend the business meetings.

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