Hong Kong film project “Lazy Hazy Crazy” and “That Summer” from mainland China were winners of the HAF Awards at the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum.
“Lazy Hazy Crazy” is a $1.5 million youth love story and the directorial debut of Luk Yee-sum. The young director also bagged
the iQIYI Special Award, a new prize created by major Chinese Internet video platform iQIYI.
“That Summer” is a drama about a 10-year-old boy who discovered his father’s secret affair with the daughter-in-law of his elderly neighbor. Director Zhou Quan and producer Terence Chang have assembled one-fifth of the project’s $1 million budget.
Other winners were “My Beauty Queen Mom,” by Taiwanese filmmaker Yu Sen-I, which won the HAF/Fox Chinese Film Development Award; “Mr Donkey” by Shen Zhou and Liu Lu from China, winner of the HAF Script Development Fund Award; “The Memory of Okinawa,” by Japan’s Kazuo Hara, which bagged the Fushan Documentary Award; “Wolf and Sheep,” a Danish-Afghan production by Afghan director Shahrbanoo Sadat, winner of the Wouter Barendrecht Award; and ‘Lost in Border,” a Hong Kong project by Gilbert Po and Ho Hong that won the Network of Asian Fantastic Films Award.
Four other new prizes this year were the Paris Co-production Village Award, won by Japanese filmmaker Koji Fukada’s “The Man From the Sea”; the G2D Post Production Award that went to “Time Capsule” by Singapore’s Tan Pin Pin as well as “A Jade Journey” by Indonesia’s Teddy Soeriaatmadja; the White Light Post-Production Award for “The Foolish Bird” by Huang Ji from mainland China; the MONEFF Award for “Pontianak,” a Singaporean-Malaysian film by Tan Bee Thiam.
The 13th edition of the project market, HAF presented 25 features and five documentaries in search of finance and production partners. More than 300 submissions were received this year.