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Hong Kong HAF & NAFF: snuggling up

Two of Asia’s leading project markets, the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) and Korea’s Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) have done a deal to guarantee representation at one another’s events.

HAF is a broad-based Asian film project market, running concurrently with the Hong Kong International Film Festival and FilMart. PiFan is Asia’s largest genre festival, hosting the conference and market event Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF).

The MOU comes into effect today. It will see a NAFF award at the 2012 edition of HAF. In return, PiFan 2012 will guarantee a place for a HAF project in its NAFF It Project selection.

One of Asia’s other major market events, the Tokyo Project Gathering which runs in October concurrent with the Tokyo Film Festival (TIFF), has been closed. TIFF plans to replace it with a new market event, but no announcements have yet been made of the detail.

PiFan 15 runs later this month, 14-24 July; NAFF runs 17-20 July. HKIFF 36 runs in March and April, with HAF 10 slated to run 19–21 March in 2012. HKIFF director Roger Garcia and programme manager Bede Cheng will attend PiFan to do the publicity rounds of local media and say nice things about it.

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