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HAF names 2017 line-up

The Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) today unveiled its lineup of 25 projects for its 2017 edition.

In keeping with a push at several major events internationally to improve the numbers of women making films, almost half of the HAF selections this year have female directors and/or producers.

HAF regular Naomi Kawase (Cannes-premiered An and Still the Water) has a producer credit on Ida PANAHANDEH’s working titled NARAtive Film 2017-2018, “a free modern adaptation of a work by Shakespeare”.

Other female filmmakers selected include Miyake Kyoko, Rubaiyat Hossain, Chen Yi-jung from Taiwan, Honey B Singh, Degena Yun and Ying Weiwei. All up, the selections were made from over 350 submissions from 14 different countries.

For the second time in three years an Australian project makes the cut. In 2015 Hannah Moon’s The A Women was selected. This year, Grant Scicluna’s Chantou, with Jannine Barnes producing, is one of the titles named.

Among the locals selected, Adam Wong returns as producer of TOM Chung-sing’s Impossible Split. Last year, Wong (The Way We Dance) participated as director of Trains in the Night. Also returning to HAF is Chinese director Degena Yun with drama Rainbow Mountain. Yun’s first feature, A Simple Goodbye, was at HAF and went on to win the the Spirit of Asia Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

HAF will also introduce the Work in Progress Laboratory this year, to help directors and producers securing post-production funds. Giving preference to projects previously selected for HAF, the Lab will run alongside HAF. The projects for the Lab will be announced in February.

HAF runs 13 – 15 March, alongside Filmart (13 – 16 March). The projects selected for HAF are:

HAF projects 2017
Title Country Director(s) Producer(s)
The Asadas Japan NAKANO Ryota OGAWA Shinji
Chantou Australia Grant SCICLUNA Jannine BARNES
Femme Fatale Japan MIYAKE Kyoko Guillaume DE SEILLE
Forget You, Still Love You? Hong Kong Paul SZE Pak-lam,
Kenneth LAI Siu-kwan
TIN Kai-man, LAU Wing-tai
The Goddess Hong Kong Sobel CHAN Ka-lok Sobel CHAN Ka-lok
The Grassland of Narangerel China YING Weiwei ZHOU Hongbo
I AM A BANANA! Singapore, Canada Honey B SINGH Mona SINGH
I’m Perfect The Philippines Sigrid Andrea BERNARDO Alemberg ANG
Impossible Split Hong Kong TOM Chung-sing Adam WONG
La Luna Singapore M. Raihan HALIM Asra AMAN
Leftover Women Israel, Germany Shosh SHLAM, Hilla MEDALIA Hilla MEDALIA, Shosh SHLAM, Jürgen KLEINIG
A Life Lost and Found
(working title)
Made In Bangladesh Bangladesh Rubaiyat HOSSAIN Rubaiyat HOSSAIN, François D’ARTEMARE
Man on the Dragon Hong Kong Sunny CHAN Joe MA, Jacqueline LIU
NARAtive Film 2017-2018
(Title: work-in-progress)
The New Wife India Shashwati TALUKDAR Anjali PANJABI
No.1 Chung Ying Street Hong Kong Derek CHIU Sung-kee Derek CHIU Sung-kee
The Patient China YANG Long ZHOU Jia
Pawns with No Return Taiwan CHEN Yi-Jung LIN Jing-Jie
Rainbow Mountain China Degena Yun ZHANG Yang
Restore Point Czech Republic Robert HLOZ Jan KALLISTA
The Rocks of Hua Lamphong Singapore JD CHUA Juan FOO
Ten Thousand Happiness China, Canada Johnny MA WANG Jing, WU Xianjian
Upside Down Malaysia TANAKA Yasu TANAKA Bea
HAF/FOX Project Award Winner
Drifting Lives China Danlly L Ray CHAN

Top image: (clockwise from top left), Chantou, I Am a Banana!, I’m Perfect, Impossible Split

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