New Asian films win cash at HAF


HONG KONG – The 6th Hong Kong-Asia Financing Forum (HAF) closed Wednesday giving out U.S. $75,000 in cash and prizes and choosing Hong Kong director Pang Ho-cheung and China's Ning Hao for its top awards.

Pang's direction and production of "The Bus" won him his HAF award, while Ning won for "7 Dreams," organizers announced at a press conference.

The HAF Rome Film Festival Award was given to director Tang Xiru's "Fugitive Club," which was produced by Daniel Yu, Rosa Pang and Tang Xiru, and the Technicolor Thailand Awards were given to Hong Kong director Carol Lai Mui Suet's project "Shuffle," and to Thai director Nonzee Nimibutr's "Secret of the Butterfly."

HAF and the Rome Film Festival gave prizes of $40,000 in cash, and Technicolor Thailand giving $35,000 worth of services.

The forum, which saw 900 filmmakers and investors take more than 500 meetings about the 25 selected projects, was organized by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the Hong Kong, Kowloon and New Territories Motion Picture Industry Assn.

"HAF was a great opportunity for the filmmakers in the Asian regions to meet with investors, not only for it help them to fund their films, but also for its networking prospects," Albert Lee, executive director of the HKIFF, said. "Even when some of the directors could not work together with one project, they might get to know each other better and would reach an agreement when they meet again."