HK film fest ramps up

Event to coincide with FilMart, Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum

After years of budgetary pain and strategic uncertainty, the Hong Kong Film Festival has locked down its game plan — and its execs are in town talking to studios about securing marquee pictures for the March event.

“We are looking for higher profile titles and have secured some appropriate larger venues for the 2007 event,” says fest prexy Peter Tsi. “We built up a cash pool, which we are willing to spend most of in 2007, flying in more people from abroad and generally becoming more global.”

Aiding his cause, Tsi has revised the fest dates. It will begin March 20 and run as a major international event for the first week, before taking a more local turn. It wraps April 6.

Start will coincide with the March 20 opening of the four-day FilMart and the three-day Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum.

Fest’s more global approach also translates into greater focus on U.S. independent movies, East European and Latin American talent.

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