Established in 2000, and supported by government agencies Create Hong Kong and the Film Development Fund, the Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) is the leading film project market in Asia. The HAF brings Asian filmmakers with upcoming film projects to Hong Kong for co-production ventures with top film financiers, producers, bankers, distributors and buyers. Attracting more than 1,000 filmmakers and financiers from at least 35 countries and regions, around 25 to 30 projects are selected annually to participate in the three-day event.
HAF has partnered with international organisations to provide a range of opportunities to participants. Partners include iQIYI (China), Fox International Productions (Greater China) (US), Cinemart (the Netherlands), Asian Project Market (South Korea), Independent Film Project (US), Golden Horse Film Project Promotion (Taiwan), New Cinema Network (Italy) and others. Cash and in-kind awards to the value of around US$150,000 are made with support from Create Hong Kong and Film Development Fund among others.
Past participants include China's Jia Jiangke, Jiang Wen, Lu Chuan and Ning Hao; Hong Kong's Peter Chan, Stanley Kwan, Ann Hui, Fruit Chan and Pang Ho-cheung; Taiwan's Tsai Ming-Liang, Wei Te-Sheng, Chung Mong-Hong and Leon Dai; Japan's Kore-eda Hirokazu, Kurosawa Kiyoshi, Kawase Naomi and Iwai Shunji; the Philippines’s Adolfo Alix Jr., Jun Robles Lana, Brillante Mendoza; South Korea's Park Chan-wook, Kim Jee-woon, Bong Joon-ho and Im Sang-soo; as well as Thailand's Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Ekachai Uekrongtham, Nonzee Nimibutr and Pen-ek Ratanruang.
Recent successes include South Korean box office hit KUNDO: The Age of Rampant, Naomi Kawase’s Cannes film festival competition entry Still the Water, Jun Robles Lana’s Barber’s Tales, and HKIFF 2015 Closing Film with superstar Aaron Kwok, Port of Call by Philip Yung.
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