Ruby Yang, Gu Changwei Feature at the 2012 Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum
HONG KONG – Academy Award winner Ruby Yang (The Blood of Yingzhou District), 2005 Berlin Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner Gu Changwei, Icelander Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, whose Children of Nature was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1992 Academy Awards, and Chinese festival favorite Jia Zhangke are featuring projects selected for the 2012 Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF), to be held March 19-21.
Projects in development from Australia’s Tony Ayres (Home Song Stories), Hong Kong’s HAF veteran Pang Ho-Cheung (Isabella, Dream Home), and Derek Tsang (Lover’s Discourse) are also among the selection.
HAF has selected a record-number of 32 projects out of over 200 for 2012, which its celebrating its 10th edition this year. The projects came from 20 different territories including Australia, Armenia, China, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, The Philippines, Slovakia, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand, making it the diverse so far in the HAF’s history.
Documentaries make its first appearance at this year’s networking and financing platform, six proposed projects were chosen in the line-up.
Working with a number international partners to encourage exchange of projects, the forum will feature one project from New York’s Independent Filmmaker Project, You’re a Big Girl Now, and two projects from Copenhagen’s DOX:LAB, Love: 1984 and Hangman.
HAF alumni includes China's Jiang Wen (Let the Bullets Fly) and Jia Zhangke (Still Life) and Taiwan’s Wei Te-sheng, whose HAF 2009 project Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale became one of Taiwan's highest-grossing local films and took home five Golden Horse awards.
Organized by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, HAF will be held alongside the Hong Kong International Film Festival (March 21to April 5), and the Hong Kong Filmart (March 19-22).