U.K. Film Council backs Brit biz at Filmart

11 British sales companies traveling to Hong Kong

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LONDON -- The U.K. Film Council, with backing by U.K. Trade & Investment, is throwing its support behind 11 British film companies traveling to this year's Hong Kong Filmart, the Asia Film Financing Forum and the Hong Kong International Film Festival.

For the fifth year running, the Council is funding a market stand to support the British firms at Filmart, which runs Monday-Thursday. The delegation is part of the Council's export strategy to promote the British film industry overseas.

The 11 British sales companies involved are AV Pictures, Celsius Entertainment, Ealing Studios International, Exclusive Film Distribution, Fiction Sales, Goldcrest Films International, Handmade Films International, HanWay Films, Jinga Films, K5 International and WestEnd.

As well as relationship building between British and Asian companies, U.K. activity will see six Brit movies unspool during the Hong Kong International Film Festival including Michael Winterbottom's "Genova," Steve McQueen's "Hunger" and Terence Davies' "Of Time and the City."