Hong Kong, 21 March 2012 ― The 10th Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) announced the winners of the HAF Awards, the HAF Script Development Fund, the HAF/FOX Chinese Film Development Award, the Technicolor Asia Award, the Network of Asian Fantastic Films Award, the Wouter Barendrecht Award, and the Paris Project Award at a ceremony held at VIEW62 by Paco Roncero, The East today.
This year’s HAF is the milestone 10th edition, attending guests include renowned filmmakers and HAF alumni like Peter CHAN and HO Yu-Hang, marking the most memorable year of the HAF to date as a star-studded event.
“The consistent growth in participation at the HAF has made it a uniquely important platform for the investors, filmmakers and distributors,” says Roger GARCIA, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Film Festival Society, organiser of the HAF. “It forms a bridge between the most dedicated and forward-looking people from the industry, contributing to the development of the Asian film industry and realising film projects that go on to bring great enjoyment to cinema audiences across Asia and the world.”
The 10th HAF also marks the launch of the first annual HAF/FOX Chinese Film Development Award. A new initiative to further boost film production in the region, this first awardee was Two Graves (Hong Kong), taking home a cash prize of HK$100,000 (approximately US$12,820) and a Development Contract from FOX International Productions (Greater China) Ltd. (FOX). Other finalists may be offered a First Look Agreement with FOX.
The HAF Award this year went to The MacLennan Affair by Derek TSANG and Jimmy WAN for a project originating in Hong Kong, and Balloon (China) by Pema Tseden, for a project originating outside of Hong Kong. Both films were awarded cash prizes of HK$150,000 each (approximately US$19,230 each).
The HAF Script Development Fund was awarded to A Night of Their Own (China) by ZHAO Ye with a cash prize of HK$100,000 (approximately US$12, 820). The Fund is aimed at encouraging the creation of quality Chinese-language screenplays.
The winner of the Wouter Barendrecht Award was The Seen and Unseen (Indonesia) by Kamila ANDINI. The winner was awarded a cash prize of HK$50,000 (approximately US$6,410) by the Wouter Barendrecht Film Foundation, Create Hong Kong and Hong Kong Film Development Fund.
The Technicolor Asia Award was presented to Imperial Exam (China) by TAN Chui- Mui. The film was awarded an in-kind prize worth US$25,000 (approximately HK$195,000) by Technicolor Asia, Bangkok.
The Network of Asian Fantastic Films Award went to Afternoon Delight! (Taiwan) by Arvin CHEN. The winning project won an award of US$2,700 (approx. HK$21,060), and an invitation to participate in the Network of Asian Fantastic Films 2012 at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.
Finally, the Paris Project Award was presented to Flowing Stories by TSANG Tsui-Shan for a project originating in Hong Kong, and The Fourth Direction (India) by Gurvinder SINGH, for a project originating outside of Hong Kong. Both films were awarded an invitation to participate in the Paris Project 2012 at the Paris Cinema International Film Festival.
“2012 has been a record-breaking year for the HAF,” said Mr. GARCIA, “in both number of entries and meetings, and the quality of the projects has been exceptional. Considering the calibre of the projects at the HAF through the years right up to today, we can be sure that the HAF will continue to go from strength to strength, and continue to play a vital role in fostering co-production in this part of the world and beyond.”
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10th HAF Awards
About Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF)
The Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) is widely recognised as the most important film-financing platform in Asia. The HAF brings Asian filmmakers with upcoming film projects to Hong Kong for co-production ventures with top film financiers, producers, bankers, distributors and buyers. Attracting more than 1,000 filmmakers and financiers from at least 35 countries and regions, around 30 projects are selected annually to participate in the three-day event.
Past participants include China's JIA Jiangke, JIANG Wen and NING Hao; Hong Kong's Peter CHAN, Stanley KWAN, Ann HUI, Fruit CHAN and PANG Ho-cheung; Taiwan's TSAI Ming-Liang, WEI Te-Sheng and Leon DAI; Japan's KORE-EDA Hirokazu, KUROSAWA Kiyoshi and IWAI Shunji; South Korea's PARK Chan-wook, KIM Jee-woon, BONG Joon-ho and IM Sang-soo; as well as Thailand's Ekachai UEKRONGTHAM, Nonzee NIMIBUTR and Pen-ek RATANARUANG.
About The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited (HKIFFS)
The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited (HKIFFS) is a charitable, non-profit and non-governmental organisation dedicated to the discovery and promotion of creativity in the art and culture of film. Through its year-round programmes, the mission of the Society is to strengthen global appreciation of Chinese film culture and to promote inspiring films from around the world, enriching the cultural life of Hong Kong. Committed to the development of a vibrant film culture in Hong Kong and Asia, the Society organises three annual flagship events in March and April: the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), the Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) and the Asian Film Awards (AFA).
Passionately believing in the power of films to unite cultures and generations, the HKIFFS is devoted to giving thousands of film lovers around the region direct access to the world’s most inspired films all year round.
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