Jia, Dai to present at HAF

Financing event sees 25 new projects from 17 countries

HONG KONG -- Asian directors and producers including China’s Jia Zhangke, Taiwan’s Leon Dai, Hong Kong’s Teddy Chen, and Japan’s Suzuki Seijun will launch new projects at the 2010 Hong Kong and Asia Film Financing Forum.
Now in its eighth edition, the financing platform and networking event organized by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society will be held from March 22-24, alongside the Hong Kong International Film Festival and Hong Kong Filmart. 

Twenty-five new projects were selected from 17 countries and territories across Asia, including three films from Japanese directors Tezka Macoto (“Mythteries”), Sakaguchi Tak (“The Blood of Wolves”) and Suzuki Seijun (“A Sense of Honey”). Helmers Jia Zhangke, Fruit Chan and Teddy Chen are flexing their producing muscles instead for their HAF projects, directors Li Jing-yi’s “Teenage Wildlife,” Sheng Zhi-min’s “Cosplay” and Kwok Tsz-kin’s “The Enchanter," respectively.
Academy Award-nominated producer Ross Katz (“Lost in Translation”) has teamed up with Indian director Dev Benegal on their new project “Samurai," to be presented at the Hong Kong forum; Hong Kong powerhouse producer Terence Chang is launching “The Straits,” by Chinese helmer Wang Tung with producer David Tang.

Taiwan director Leon Dai, whose award-winning “No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti” has been chosen to represent Taiwan in the running for the best foreign-language film Oscar, will present his follow-up “I Love You Too Much."