Filmart sked set

Over 240 exhibitors to attend event at September's end

HONG KONG — The Hong Kong Trade Development Council has confirmed its schedule of panels and speakers for the upcoming Filmart.

More than 240 exhibitors from 25 countries and regions are scheduled to attend the event Sept. 24-26, up 21 percent from last year. The theme this year is “New Frontiers, Infinite Opportunities.”

“With the signing of the Mainland-Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement, tremendous new cooperation and co-investment opportunities will open up for Hong Kong as an intermediary between China and the rest of the world,” said Raymond Chow, chairman of the HKTDC Entertainment Industry Advisory Committee.

Kickstarting the event on the first day will be a forum on China, Hong Kong and overseas co-operation. Ellen Eliasoph, managing director of China for Warner Brothers Pictures International, Nansun Shi, producer for Hong Kong’s Film Workshop, Wang Zhong Jun of China’s Hua Yi Brothers and Jonathan Kim from South Korea’s Hanmac Films are among those scheduled to speak.

The second day will feature a day-long ‘cross-media and cross-business’ symposium. Speakers are Rand Brenner, former vice-president of Saban Entertainment and licensing specialist of Batman and Power Ranger movies, Takayuki Matsutani, president of Tezuka Productions, and Yasuaki Nagoshi, president and director of Red Entertainment Corp.

Two seminars are slated for the last day, one on marketing models with speakers from Miramax Films, Pathe UK and Fortissimo Film Sales, and the other on Canadian animation. Forty screenings and a number of cocktails and networking events are scheduled over the three days.

Jackie Chan will be the ambassador for the market. The event will close with a premier of a local movie, expected to be “Infernal Affairs II”, which opens locally on Oct. 1.