Filmart: Asia Film Financing Forum Award Winners Unveiled

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Now in their 16th year, the awards totalled $180,000 in cash prizes.

The winners of the 2018 Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) Awards have been announced after the three-day investment platform came to a close Wednesday at Hong Kong Filmart. 

The HAF Awards, now in their 16th edition, is one of Asia's largest programs to nurture and reward excellence among emerging filmmakers from the region and offer them valuable opportunities to meet with industry professionals.

Collaborating with a number of partners, the HAF works with WIP Lab to help filmmakers secure postproduction funds, sales agents and film festival support. HAF also partners with Marche du Film of the Cannes Film Festival and the “HAF Goes to Cannes” program, which offers film projects valuable screening opportunities and exposure at the festival market in May, boosting the chances of distribution and further festival screenings. 

A total of 11 awards were presented with cash prizes that totalled HK$1,400,000 ($180,000) made possible through the help of sponsors and partners. 

A full list of winners is below. 

HAF Awards (Presented by Create HK, Hong Kong Film Development Fund and HAF)

Love in the Valley of Daughters (Hong Kong) and Saving One Who Was Dead (Czech Republic) for Hong Kong Project and non-Hong Kong Project categories, respectively. Each project received a cash prize of HK$150,000 (approx. US$19,200) in recognition of their originality and creativity.

mm2 Award (Presented by mm2 Asia Limited)

Still Human (Hong Kong) was honored with the prize, which aims to encourage Chinese-language film projects that exhibit good commercial and artistic quality. The winner was selected by the representatives of mm2 Asia Ltd. and received the cash award of HK$100,000 (approx. $12,800).

Wanda WIP Lab Award (Presented by Wanda Pictures)

All WIP Lab Projects are eligible to compete for the award, with the winner selected by executives of Wanda Pictures. The cash prize of approximately $12,800 was given to From Black and White to Shades of Grey (China).

Wouter Barendrecht Award (Presented by Wouter Barendrecht Film Foundation, Create HK and Hong Kong Film Development Fund)

Dedicated to the memory of the late Wouter Barendrecht, the renowned film producer and one of the founders of HAF, this year's honor went to Let Me Rest in Peace (Japan). This cash award of HK$50,000 (approx. $6,400) goes to a project by a director under 35 who has not made more than three feature films.

Network of Asian Fantastic Films Award (Presented by Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival)

The Network of Asian Fantastic Films Award was given to IMAH (working title) (Indonesia, France), which received $2,700 to participate in the 2018 Network of Asian Fantastic Films project market.

Wutianming Post-Production Award (Presented by China Film Foundation-Wutianming Fund for Young Talents)

The Wutianming Post-Production Award is to encourage and support young film talents. An in-kind award of RMB 300,000 (approx. HK$365,000) was given to Stonewalling (China), which will be offered postproduction support by Shanghai Leading Digital Post.

White Light Post-Production Award (Presented by White Light Studio)

White Light Studio is designed to promote cinematic innovation and promising Asian directors. The two in-kind awards went to Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash (Indonesia) from HAF and Mosaic Portrait (China) from WIP Lab. Each project will receive postproduction services valued at $15,000 at its studio in Bangkok, Thailand.

G2D Post Production Award (Presented by G2D)

G2D will sponsor two in-kind awards for The Big Picture (South Korea) from HAF and AGANAI - The Atonement (Japan) from WIP Lab. Each winning project will receive $15,000 towards a sound package for a film including Foley, sound design, dialogue editing, atmosphere and a final mix.

HAF Goes to Cannes (Presented by Nicefilm)

“HAF Goes to Cannes” presents opportunities for filmmakers to look for sales agents, distributors and film festivals. Beijing Nicefilm Technology Co. Ltd., a TV and film production company in China, will provide a traveling subsidy of HK$100,000 in total to the projects selected for “HAF Goes to Cannes,” including The Man Who Surprised Everyone (Russia, France, Estonia), The Pencil (Russia), Sister (Bulgaria), The Sorcerer (Panama) and Still Human (Hong Kong).

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