The Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum, more tidily known as HAF, wrapped on Wednesday with the traditional passing out of gongs and cheques. Six projects were winners, from the 28 selected entrants.
The two major awards, one for a HK-originated project and one for a non-HK-originated were each worth HK$150,000 (cNZ$29,000). Philip Yung’s Port of Call won the HK award, for a crime thriller based on a true story of a mainland Chinese call girl working in Hong Kong.
The beyond-HK prize went to another edgy project, Bui Thac’s Vietnamese Dream State, which the director described as being gabout the true value of sex.h
Vietnam returned to the podium to collect the Paris Project Award, and award which gives the winner free entry, a flight and a bed to pitch at the French project market in July. Phan Dang Di’s Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories was the winner.
From Taiwan, Donnie Lai’s rom-com Campus Confidential picked up the US$25,000 Technicolor Asia Award, which gives post-production assistance and is open to any HAF project prepared to post in Singapore.
The Wouter Barendrecht award, presented in memory of the founder of Fortissimo Films (itself honoured at the Asian Film Awards on Monday evening for its contribution to bringing Asian cinema to the world for the last 20 years) went to Where is My Home? from China. The film is to be directed by Li Riujin, whose Old Donkey opened at Busan last October. The award is worth HK$50,000 (cNZ$9,500).
This year’s inaugural award, the Chinese Script Development Fund, was split between two winners, each taking half of the HK$50,000 on offer. Li Riujin’s Old Donkey was again a winner, with Liu Jiayin’s Clean and Bright taking the other share.
Disappointingly for all projects at HAF this year, none had confirmed financing by the close of the Forum.