The price is right for Filmart spots

Organizers at AFM giving away registration

It's not every day you get something for nothing, but over at the Hong Kong Film & TV Market stand, organizers are giving away free registration to the next Filmart, scheduled for March 23-26. The regular registration fee is $260.

"The market is a great way for American companies to reach Asian buyers," said Teresa Hung, business manager for the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. "We have representatives coming from all over the world. We bring a delegation of some 20 Asian buyers over to the market each year."

The stand also is promoting Hong Kong films and handing out a show-reel DVD of 15 Hong Kong movies, ranging from Sundream Motion Pictures' "Champions" to Mei Ah Entertainment's Group's action-romance titled "Butterfly Lovers."

All together, nine Hong Kong companies are exhibiting at the AFM this year, up from eight last year. And several high-profile films are premiering, including Golden Network Asia's martial-arts epic "Wushu," which made its international premiere here Wednesday.

Benny Chan's "Connected," a remake of the U.S. film "Cellular" from Emperor Motion Pictures, and Tsui Hark's "Missing," from Mandarin Films Distribution, both made their market premieres here this week.

Ivy Ho's award winning "Claustrophobia" and Liu Jang's "Set Off" had market screenings.

Other Hong Kong titles to watch for include Universe Films' "Storm Warrior"; Eastern Mordor's "Painted Skin," which tells the story of a woman who eats the hearts and skins of her lovers; Distribution Workshop's "Rainfall"; and MediaAsia's "Sniper" and "Warlords."

"It is a good moment for Hong Kong movies," Golden Network Asia's Carrie Wong said.