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Hong Kong Asia forum showcases record number at 10th edition

Documentaries added to lineup for the first time

BEIJING — The Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) has announced its biggest selection of projects for its 10th anniversary, with six documentaries among the 32 films for the first time.

The line-up includes “Ready for War,” from China’s Gu Changwei, who won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Berlin Film Festival with his first feature, “Peacock.”

Also featured are “Lost in Poetry,” from Icelandic filmmaker Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, while Tan Chui Mui will bring “Imperial Exam,” produced by the Chinese helmer Jia Zhangke.

“We are delighted by the eclectic selection and the considerable increase in submissions this year. These are encouraging signs of the HAF’s growing popularity and its importance to filmmakers in the region,” said Roger Garcia, executive director of the Hong Kong Intl. Film Festival Society, which organizes HAF.

Among emerging helmers in the selection are Taiwan’s Chinese-American director Arvin Chen and Hong Kong helmer Derek Tsang.

HAF has increased its cooperation with international partners and co-production forums and this year’s forum will feature helmer Tze Chun’s “You’re a Big Girl Now,” from New York’s Independent Filmmaker Project. From Copenhagen’s DOX:LAB comes “Love: 1984,” helmed by Soda Kazuhiro, and “Hangman,” directed by Thailand’s Jakrawal Nilthamrong and Ionut Piturescu.

The six docus included “(Un)making the Betrayal,” by Malaysian helmer Dain Said, and “Music and the Nation” by Hong Kong’s Cheung King-wai.

HAF runs March 19-21 in tandem with the overseas sales market Filmart at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. This year, more 200 submissions were received from more than 45 countries and regions, and the final selection represents 20 territories.

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