25 pix set for H.K. co-prod market

Film Financing Forum presents projects in March

The Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum has selected 25 projects to be presented at the co-production market in March.

“This year’s selection is by far one of the broadest spectrums I’ve seen in terms of genre, budget and creative talent,” said Wouter Barendrecht, who is an adviser to the market.

HAF’s goal is to bring together filmmakers and financiers to encourage co-productions and co-ventures. It takes place March 20-22 in parallel with Hong Kong Filmart, which is slated for March 20-23.

The selection includes 10 pics from Hong Kong, three from China, one from Iran, three from Taiwan and two each from Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.

The co-production market expects to attract 500 film insiders ranging from financiers, bankers, producers, buyers, film funding groups and distribs.

Looking back at 2005 selections: Out of 28 production-ready projects submitted, four were completed and three are in production.

Notables include “The Tin Mine,” produced by Yongyoot Thongkongtoon and helmed by Jira Maligool from Thailand. The pic premiered at Pusan in 2005 and is Thailand’s entry for the foreign-language film category at the Academy Awards.

“Invisible Waves,” produced by Barendrecht and directed by Pen-ek Ratanaruang from Thailand, will premiere in the main competition at the Berlin Film Festival.

HAF selections for 2006:

Hong Kong:

“Typhoon 101,” Fruit Chan, Pandasia Entertainment Corp.

“Julius Caesar,” Gordon Chan, Lotus Entertainment

“Fat Englishmen,” Lawrence Gray, Idol Films

“A Breath Away,” Kit Hui, Factory 630

“Green Mansion,” Stanley Kwan, Kwan’s Creative Workshop

“Apeiron,” Clare Law, Lunar Films

“Papa Is a Rolling Stone,” Julian Lee, China Intl. Entertainment

“The Weeping Sea,” Terence Tong, Beijing Dadi Century

“Mystery of the Nun’s Death,” Herman Yau, the Plan Co.

“Plastic City,” Lik Wai Yu, Xstream Pictures

China:

“Lost in Beijing,” Yu Li, Laurel Films

“Part Ocean, Part Flame,” Fengou Liu, Zhengtian Culture & Media Center

“Air,” Yang Zhang, Ming Prods.

Taiwan:

“Help Me,” Kang Sheng Lee, Homegreen Films Co.

“Leaving America,” Frank Lin, the Goatsingers

“The Unspeakable Curse of Ox Family,” Chao Pin Su, Unit 9 Pictures

Japan:

“Freesia-Icy Tears,” Kazuyoshi Kumakiri, Office Shirous

“51 Ways to Protect the Girl,” Takashi Miike, Excellent Film Co.

Singapore:

“132,” Royston Tan, Zhao Wei Films

“The Maid — The New Beginning,” Kelvin Tong, MediaCorp Raintree Pictures South Korea:

“Alright It’s Still Alright,” Chang Ho Cho, LJ Film

“Hwa Jang,” Jinho Hur, Ho Film Co.

Thailand:

“Toyol,” Nonzee Nimibutr, Zhao Wei Films

“Utopia,” Apichatpong Weerasethhakul, Kick the Machine

Iran:

“The God Is in the Side of the Women,” Kamal Tabrizi, Behnegar

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