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Women directors will be at the forefront at the 15th Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) in 2017. Twenty-five projects have been selected to find funding at the financing platform this year, to be held March 13-15, with nearly half of the projects fronted by female directors.
They include Japanese filmmaker Miyake Kyoko, director Rubaiyat Hossain, from Bangladesh; Chen Yi-jung, from Taiwan; Honey B Singh, from Singapore; Degena Yun, from China; and Ying Weiwei, also from China.
Among the headlining projects is NARAtive Film 2017-2018 (title: work-in-progress) produced by Japanese director Kawase Naomi and directed by Ida Panahandeh, and Impossible Split, produced by Hong Kong director Adam Wong and directed by Tom Chung-sing. Five Hong Kong projects were among the selection from Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Israel, Japan and Singapore. The projects were selected out of over 350 submissions from 14 different countries and regions.
Past HAF successes include Kundo: The Age of Rampant from South Korea, which broke box office records in 2014, Kawase Naomi’s Cannes film festival competition entry Still the Water, and Hong Kong’s Port of Call, by writer-director Philip Yung, which won seven awards at the 2016 Hong Kong Film Awards.
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