The Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) has named its 2016 line-up, bringing in 28 projects plus three for the development award.
Selected from a record 350 submissions, several familiar names make the cut. Last March Sylvia Chang opened the Hong Kong IFF with Murmur of the Heart, which earlier this week won the screenplay award at the Hong Kong Film Critics’ Society ceremony. This March she’ll return to Hong Kong for HAF (which is organised by the HKIFF) as producer for Lieutenant Yi by Rene Liu, well-known in Taiwan as an actress and singer.
Also from Taiwan Doze Niu, whose Berlinale-premiered ensemble dramedy Love travelled well in 2012, also dons a producer’s hat, for Huang Zi’s From Black and White to Shades of Grey.
Filipino director Lav Diaz has A Lullaby for the Mystery named in competition for this year’s Berlinale, and will bring The Waves Are Gone to HAF. Diaz’s Norte, The End of History had a strong festival run in 2013.
Among the local Hong Kong selections are Trains in the Night from Adam Wong, whose The Way We Dance (pictured, top) won several awards in 2013. Among the producers of Trains is Hiroshi Fukazawa, who’s been a great help to international journalists including this writer attending HAF and Filmart in recent years.
Among the projects competing for the HAF/Fox development award is Coarse Tea, Plain Rice, for whichTrevor Morris is named producer. Hong Kong-based lawyer Morris, who’s worked with Pukeko and other companies in the Weta group, presented at the 2012 SPADA Conference.
Following The Weight of Elephants producer Katja Adomeit’s participation at HAF last year with Shahrbanoo Sadat’s Afghanistan-Denmark co-production Wolf and Sheep, another Scandinavian co-pro is named this year: Jero YUN & Marte VOLD’s Letters, from Denmark, Norway and South Korea.
http://www.haf.org.hk/index.phpHAF will run 14 – 16 March in Hong Kong. The projects selected for the 2016 edition are:
Abastumani, Director Mariam CHACHIA & Nik VOIGT, Producer Mariam CHACHIA, Georgia
About Life of Planets, Director Katerina SUVOROVA, Producer Anna VILGELMI, Kazakhstan
All My Daughters, Director PHAN Dang Di, Producer PHAN Dang Di, LIZEROUX Le Hang, Vietnam
The Autumn Morning, Director SONG Fang, Producer ICHIYAMA Shozo, China
Avalanche, Director HE Jia, Producer NAI An, China
Border Bride, Director WANG Bing, Producer Isabelle GLACHANT, Hong Kong, China
Dying to Survive, Director WEN Muye, Producer NING Hao, China
An Everlasting Day, Director Pema Tseden, Producer XU Feng, China
From Black and White to Shades of Grey, Director HUANG Zi, Producer Doze NIU, China
Golden Whale, Director XU Wen, Producer GAO Qunshu & WANG Ziwei, China
Hanalei Bay, Director MATSUNAGA Daishi, Producer OGAWA Shinji, Japan
Hypnotize the Jury, Director Paul SZE Pak-lam & Kenneth LAI Siu-kwan, Producer TIN Kai-man, Hong Kong
The Imitator, Director YC Tom LEE, Producer Jade LEE, Taiwan
Inking a Last Masterpiece, Director UCHIJIMA Usuke, Producer KAWABATA Kohei, Japan
The Lady Improper, Director TSANG Tsui-shan, Producer Polly YEUNG, Hong Kong
Letters, Director Jero YUN & Marte VOLD, Producer Mille HAYNES & Marte VOLD & Jero YUN, Norway, South Korea, Denmark
Lhamo and Skalbe, Director Sonthar Gyal, Producer Sonam Rinchen Gyal, China
Lieutenant Yi, Director René LIU, Producer Sylvia CHANG & Patricia CHENG Lai-chan, Taiwan
March April May, Director Rooth TANG, Producer CHANG Chuti,Thailand
Napping Kid, Director Amos WHY, Producer Teresa KWONG, Hong Kong
Never Die Again, Director and Producer PARK Jung-bum, South Korea
The Point of No Return, Director LEE Yuhe, Producer GUAN Hu, China
Solitude, Director Madhu MAHANKALI, Producer Madhu MAHANKALI & Roopa Devi MAHANKALI, India
The Third Wife (working title), Director NGUYEN Phuong Anh, Producer TRAN Thi Bich Ngoc, Vietnam
Trains in the Night, Director Adam WONG, Producer Jacqueline LIU & HAYASHI Kenji & FUKAZAWA Hiroshi, Hong Kong
Vampire Diary, Director Anthony YAN & Hang CHIU, Producer HA Yu & Mani MAN, Hong Kong
Warrior of Love, Director Derrick LUI, Producer CHAN Pui Yin & Boris BOO & CHAN Yan Yan, Singapore
When the Waves are Gone, Director Lav DIAZ, Producer Bianca BALBUENA & Bradley LIEW, The Philippines
Brothers, Director Jong YU, Producer Jin ONG & Roland LEE, Malaysia
Coarse Tea, Plain Rice, Director CHEUNG Suk-yee, Producer Trevor MORRIS, Hong Kong
Man-Made Citizen, Director LI Yang, Producer Moonlight SHANG & Janet WU, China