Asian coin show

Forum brings filmmakers, financiers together

HONG KONG — The first Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) kicks off its five-day run today in an attempt to “revitalize and reinvigorate” regional filmmaking.

“We’re looking for new ways to finance and produce projects,” said Wouter Barendrecht, who’s running the event and helped launch Rotterdam’s CineMart, on which HAF is modeled.

The forum will showcase projects by 22 Asian filmmakers, including Hong Kong directors Stanley Kwan, Sylvia Chang and Clara Law.

HAF is designed as a series of private meetings, parties and receptions to allow filmmakers and financiers to meet and ink deals.

Barendrecht, whose full-time job is co-chairman of Fortissimo Film Sales, compared the participants to potential brides and grooms looking to make a successful match.

He said the forum intends to emphasize introducing international bankers to local filmmakers.

American studios will also be out in force, with representatives expected from New Line, 20th Century Fox, Miramax, Warner Bros., Columbia, USA Films and MGM.

The forum is running in conjunction with the 24th annual Hong Kong Intl. Film Festival, which wraps April 27, and the 19th annual Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday.

More Film

  • 'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' Tracks

    'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' on Track for $40 Million-Plus Opening

    HONG KONG — The first Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) kicks off its five-day run today in an attempt to “revitalize and reinvigorate” regional filmmaking. “We’re looking for new ways to finance and produce projects,” said Wouter Barendrecht, who’s running the event and helped launch Rotterdam’s CineMart, on which HAF is modeled. The forum […]

  • Actor Johnny Depp poses for photographers

    Johnny Depp: Rolling Stone Profile Latest Sign Actor Is PR Liability

    HONG KONG — The first Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) kicks off its five-day run today in an attempt to “revitalize and reinvigorate” regional filmmaking. “We’re looking for new ways to finance and produce projects,” said Wouter Barendrecht, who’s running the event and helped launch Rotterdam’s CineMart, on which HAF is modeled. The forum […]

  • Film review: Budapest Noir

    Film Review: 'Budapest Noir'

    HONG KONG — The first Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) kicks off its five-day run today in an attempt to “revitalize and reinvigorate” regional filmmaking. “We’re looking for new ways to finance and produce projects,” said Wouter Barendrecht, who’s running the event and helped launch Rotterdam’s CineMart, on which HAF is modeled. The forum […]

  • Johnny Depp

    The Most Shocking Revelations From Johnny Depp's Rolling Stone Interview

    HONG KONG — The first Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) kicks off its five-day run today in an attempt to “revitalize and reinvigorate” regional filmmaking. “We’re looking for new ways to finance and produce projects,” said Wouter Barendrecht, who’s running the event and helped launch Rotterdam’s CineMart, on which HAF is modeled. The forum […]

  • Dick Van Dyke, LeAnn Rimes Salute

    Dick Van Dyke, LeAnn Rimes Salute Sherman Bros. — Writers of ‘It’s a Small World,’ ‘Winnie the Pooh’ — for Classic Film Songs

    HONG KONG — The first Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) kicks off its five-day run today in an attempt to “revitalize and reinvigorate” regional filmmaking. “We’re looking for new ways to finance and produce projects,” said Wouter Barendrecht, who’s running the event and helped launch Rotterdam’s CineMart, on which HAF is modeled. The forum […]

  • Ari Emanuel and Ray Waddell

    Endeavor's Ari Emanuel Credits His 'F---ed Up Mind' for Success Beyond the Agency Business

    HONG KONG — The first Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) kicks off its five-day run today in an attempt to “revitalize and reinvigorate” regional filmmaking. “We’re looking for new ways to finance and produce projects,” said Wouter Barendrecht, who’s running the event and helped launch Rotterdam’s CineMart, on which HAF is modeled. The forum […]

  • Film Director Diversity Report: DGA Says

    Feature Film Director Diversity Remains Low, Directors Guild Reports

    HONG KONG — The first Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) kicks off its five-day run today in an attempt to “revitalize and reinvigorate” regional filmmaking. “We’re looking for new ways to finance and produce projects,” said Wouter Barendrecht, who’s running the event and helped launch Rotterdam’s CineMart, on which HAF is modeled. The forum […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content