Five helmers get H.K. coin

'Circle,' 'Bicycle' nab Focus Award

HONG KONG — Five directors received awards from the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) on Thursday, the last day of trade event Filmart.

Director-producer Ann Hui won HK$100,000 ($12,800) from the Hong Kong Trade Development Council based on the creativity of her synopsis.

“At the World’s End” is about a couple’s struggles in Hong Kong — and murder.

The Focus Award, sponsored by Andy Lau’s Focus Films, went to Lee Kung Lok, Wong Ching Po and Patrick Kong from Hong Kong for “The Circle” and China’s Ning Hao for “Red Bicycle.” The two projects will share $15,000.

The Focus Award is for filmmakers who have made three or fewer feature dramas.

The Rotterdam Film Festival’s Hubert Bals Fund Award of $12,800 went to Thailand’s Ekachai Uekrongtham for “The Coffin.”

The Cinedigit Award for co-financing went to two pics from China: “Little Woman,” by director-producer Jiang Wen, and “Nanking! Nanking!” by director Lu Chuan and producer Tian Zhuangzhuang. Each project will receive $12,821.

The HAF was organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the Motion Picture Industry Assn. of Hong Kong. Twenty-eight projects were chosen for consideration out of more than 200.

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