Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum Announces 30 Projects

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'Red Cliff' producer Terence Chang, Oscar-winning filmmaker Ruby Yang, and director Yim Ho headline.

Red Cliff producer Terence Chang, Oscar-winning filmmaker Ruby Yang, and director Yim Ho headline the 2015 Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF), the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society announced. 

Hong Kong New Wave director Yim Ho (Homecoming) brings Nanking Xmas. 1937, a big budget epic about a controversial period of Chinese history will be produced by Ng See-yuen. 

That Summer will be directed Zhou Quan, and produced by Terence Chang and Jacqueline Liu. Both projects are from China. Oscar-winning documentary producer Ruby Yang (The Blood of Yingzhou District) will co-produce with Alfred Sung Stephen Gurie Woo's documentary The Last Stitch.

Established in 2012 and aimed to develop feature films with regional appeal by providing support for promising scripts, the HAF/FOX Chinese Film Development Award have chosen three finalists this year for a cash prize of HK$100,000 and a development contract with Fox. The projects include biological drama My Last Wish by Leon Sun, suspense drama Unexpected and Ambiguous by Zhou Hongbo, and comedy My Beauty Queen Mom by Yu Sen-I.

The thirty projects that were chosen for this year's HAF include projects from Australia, China, India, the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and five projects from Hong Kong.

"We are thrilled with the quality of this year HAF submissions," said curator of the Hong Kong International Film Festival and the director of the HAF, Jacob Wong, member of the 2015 HAF Project Reading Committee. "The selection is very exciting and a great balance of newcomers and more established filmmakers from all over the region. We truly believe Asian cinema is flourishing."

There are six new prizes at the HAF this year. Major Chinese internet video platform iQIYI will present HK$100,000 for the iQIYI Special Award, presented to a project from the Greater China region. SCM (formerly STAR Chinese Movies), FOX International Channels’ flagship Chinese-language channel and the leading Chinese movies channel in Asia, will present a cash prize of US$10,000 to the winner of the HAF Script Development Fund.