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Projects involving renowned writer-director-producer Sylvia Chang, actor-helmer Doze Niu, Crazy Stone director Ning Hao and The Way We Dance helmer Adam Wong are among the 28 projects selected for the 2016 Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum.
The 14th edition of the HAF is set to be held March 14-16. Organizers received a record number of 350 project submissions this year.
Prominent filmmakers are shepherding projects by first-time directors at HAF. Chang is a producer on Lieutenant Yi, the helming debut of Taiwanese singer-songwriter Rene Liu; Niu will be producing From Black and White to Shades of Grey by first directing effort from Huang Zi; and Chinese helmer Hao will be producing Dying to Survive, the first feature from Muye Wen.
Also, Singapore producer Chan Pui Yin, who produced the hit I Not Stupid and its sequel, will produce Warrior of Love by director Derrick Lui; Kill Bill and 2046 crew member Xu Wen will make her directorial debut with Golden Whale; Filipino helmer Lav Diaz, whose A Lullaby for the Mystery has been selected for the official competition at the Berlin International Film Festival, will present The Waves Are Gone at HAF; and Hong Kong director Adam Wong returns to HAF with the new project Trains in the Night.
In addition, five documentary projects have been chosen from China, Georgia, Japan, Kazakhstan and South Korea.
Apart from the 28 projects selected by the HAF, three finalists are up for the HAF/Fox Chinese Film Development Award for a $12,900 cash prize and a development contract with Fox. They include Jong Yu’s drama Brothers, Cheung Suk-Yee’s Coarse Tea, Plain Rice and Li Yang’s Man-Made Citizen.
The 14th HAF will present two new awards for a total of 13, amounting to $177,200 in cash and value-in-kind. Besides the HAF Script Development Fund, sponsored by Star Chinese Movies, and the iQiyi Special Award, sponsored by iQiyi, HAF is working with new partners Artention Films for the Artention Films Award of a cash award of $6,500, and the China Film Foundation — Wutianming Fund for Young Talents will sponsor the Wutianming Post Production Award, an in-kind prize of post-production services worth $45,600.
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