HAF lauds Young for financial acumen

'Christmas Rose' is first project to get fully financed at HAF

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HONG KONG -- Actress-director Charlie Young won the Excellence Award at the seventh Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum on Wednesday, congratulating her for getting the $1.5 million in financing she needs to make her HAF project “Christmas Rose” from Beijing-based Chengtian Entertainment.

Hong Kong International Film Festival chairman Wilfred Wong said Young’s was the first project to get fully financed at HAF, and Young called Chengtian a perfect partner “because they’re open to making the movie bigger if we want to.”

HAF also gave prizes of $13,000 each to Hong Kong director Dante Lam’s project “Wanted” and Korean director Na Hong-jin’s “Murderer.”

The Technicolor Bangkok Awards of postproduction services worth $20,000 each went to Thai director Chartchai Ketnust (“Blood Maple and the Passion of the Kid”) and Vietnamese director Chuyen Bui Thac (“Vertigo”).

The Locarno International Film Festival awarded directors Li Ying and Li Hong-qi 5,000 euros each and free admittance to a Chinese films-in-progress workshop in Switzerland in August for their respective projects, “Help” and “Winter Vacation.”

The Paris Project Award of 5,000 euros went to Japanese director Naomi Kawase for her “And Protect, Protected.”

Winners were selected from 27 finalists from 11 territories.