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Hong Kong Filmart 2013: promises growth

Hong Kong’s Filmart, the world’s third largest market event, has announced an 8% increase ahead of its March outing this year. Almost 700 exhibitors and 6,000 visitors are booked for the event, which has been steadily growing its levels of participation from beyond Asia in recent years.

Alongside Filmart, financing forum HAF and the several other events running in March and April under the Entertainment Expo umbrella, the Ateliers du Cinéma Européen (ACE) Producers’ Lab will run for the third time in Hong Kong. Desert Road’s Steven O’Meagher (Harry, This Is Not My Life, Out of the Blue) will attend the Lab with support from the NZFC.

For those not making the trip to ACE, its Chief Executive Ronan Girre will be in NZ next week presenting workshops in Auckland and Wellington on Fundraising in Europe and The International Pitch as well as working one-on-one with people.

He’ll present in Auckland 12 – 13 March, in Wellington 15 – 16 March. More info from the NZFC’s Zelda Edwards.

At Filmart, the largest amount of exhibitor growth is for TV World, which will for the first time this year account for a third of exhibitors. Much of the programming on offer is from independent and regional Chinese TV stations (in particular long-run period dramas), which gives it limited appeal beyond Chinese-language markets.

In the last two years there’s been an increasing amount of high-quality documentary product on offer from producers and networks around the region. Al Jazeera’s first appearance at this year’s Filmart will add further to the documentary product on offer.

Filmart runs 18 – 21 March in Hong Kong.

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