Locarno to fast-track two Asian titles

Fest teams with Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum

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HONG KONG -- Upping their interest in Asian cinema, organizers of the Locarno International Film Festival will present a new award for two projects from China, Hong Kong or Taiwan at the closing ceremony of the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum.

The winners of the 2009 Open Doors HAF Awards will be fast-tracked into the co-production workshop of the Swiss festival, whose 62nd edition is set for Aug. 5-15.

Called the Open Doors Factory, Locarno’s co-production workshop will focus this year on films from Greater China. Winners of the HAF award will circumvent Locarno’s usual selection procedure.
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