Hong Kong accepting film funding submissions


HONG KONG -- Film submissions for the sixth Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) are now being accepted, the Hong Kong International Film Festival said Thursday.

The call for submissions comes hot on the heels of the Hong Kong Film Development Council's announcement Tuesday that they are inviting applications for the HK$300 million ($38.4 million) Film Development Fund they are in charge of administering to small- to medium-budgeted productions.

The forum is one of the core events of Hong Kong's Entertainment Expo and is designed to connect Asian filmmakers with film financiers, producers, bankers, distributors, buyers and funders for co-production ventures.

It is organized by HKIFF and co-organized by the development council and the MPA.

HAF promotes new talent as well as helping established directors. Past participants in the program include China's Jiang Wen, Hong Kong's Stanley Kwan, Ann Hui, Pang Ho Cheung, Taiwan's Tsai Ming-Liang, Japan's Miike Takashi, Korea's Im Sang-Soo and Thailand's Pen-ek Ratanaruang.

"HAF successfully lined up different filmmakers, investors, critics, columnists as well as media and formed a gathering to facilitate mutual understanding and information exchanges," said sixth-generation Chinese director and previous HAF participant Jia Zhangke, who won the Golden Lion at the 2006 Venice Film Festival for "Still Life."

HAF is an international partner of the RomaCinemaFest, which invited three filmmakers with forum projects to participate this month in the New Cinema Network program.

Other international partners include CineMart and the Hubert Bals Fund of Rotterdam, HK Film Awards, Paris Cinema, Pusan Promotion Plan, J-Pitch of UniJapan and associated partners including the Festival de Cannes, the Producers Network and Marche du Film.