Hong Kong forum pumps coin

Seven projects secure financing at Filmart event

HONG KONG — Seven projects walked away with cash in their pockets on the last day of the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum.

Three-day event, which runs as part of Filmart, saw 630 meetings between directors and film financiers, producers, bankers, distribs and buyers. One project, “Air,” helmed by Zhang Yang, clinched both full financing and distribution, which is a first for the forum.

The HAF Award for a Hong Kong project and $13,000 prize money went to “Fat Englishmen,” with Lawrence Gray at the helm. Two awards were given for projects outside of Hong Kong: “132” by Singapore’s Royston Tan and “The Unspeakable Curse of the Ox Family,” helmed by Taiwan’s Su Chao-pin. Total shared award was $13,000.

The Hubert Bals Fund Award of Euros 10,000 for most promising film project from a developing country was given to “Part Ocean, Part Flame,” directed by China’s Liu Fan-dou.

The Rome Film Festival Award for best innovative talent and $15,000 went to “Utopia” by Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

“Air” director Zhang and Singapore’s Kelvin Tong were both awarded a Technicolor Thailand Post-Production Award. They each won $13,000 for projects with the highest potential for cofinancing. Helmers also must have directed at least one project and be willing to do post-production in Thailand.

Twenty-five projects were presented during this year’s co-production market. Projects hailed from Hong Kong, China, Iran, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.