Doomsday, Barber's Tales take top prizes at HAF
Ho Hong’s Doomsday·Party took the HAF Award for a project originating in Hong Kong, while Barber’s Tales, to be directed by the Philippines’ Jun Robles Lana, took the HAF Award for a project originating outside Hong Kong.
Doomsday·Party revolves around five strangers who are thrown together when they get caught up in a bank heist where the robbers are armed with bombs. Barber’s Tales is the second in Jun Robles Lana’s trilogy of films about small town life in the Philippines. Both films were awarded cash prizes of $19,000 (HK$150,000) at the close of HAF (March 18-20)
Barber’s Tales also took the Technicolor Asia Award, which comes with an in-kind prize worth $25,000 (HK$195,000) from Technicolor Asia, Bangkok.
The HAF/Fox Chinese Film Development Award was split between two projects - The Flying Postman (aka Qing Gong) from Singapore’s Han Yew Kwang, and Underground River from China’s Gong Zhaohui.
The two projects were selected from five finalists who pitched to a jury comprising Hong Kong filmmaker Fruit Chan, Jet Tone Taiwan’s Rachel Chen and Bona Film Group’s Yu Dong. Both projects receive $13,000 (HK$100,000), a development contract and a first-look agreement with Fox.
A Happy Wish, a fantasy animation directed by Taiwan’s Jack Shih, took the $13,000 HAF Script Development Fund. Sponsored by Bona Film Group and the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, the award is designed to encourage exceptional Chinese-language screenplays in the region.
The Paris Project Award, presented by the Paris Cinema International Film Festival, went to Chinese filmmaker Zhou Hongbo’s documentary Departure.
All About You, directed by Jang Kunjae and produced by Japan’s Naomi Kawase, took the Wouter Barendrecht Award. Presented by the Wouter Barendrecht Film Foundation, Create Hong Kong and Hong Kong Film Development Fund, the award comes with a cash prize of $6,410 (HK$50,000).
The Network of Asian Fantastic Films Award went to When I Come to Me from Hong Kong’s Lam Suk-ching. The winning project received $2,700 (HK$21,060) and an invitation to participate in the Network of Asian Fantastic Films 2013 at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan).
This year, HAF added two new awards - the ARRI Awards and Catapooolt Awards. ARRI Asia presented in-kind awards valued at €30,000 (HK$306,000) to the respective winners of the HAF Awards for ARRI equipment rental.
Catapooolt, the official crowdfunding platform for HAF 2013, presented seed funding amounting to $3,000 (HK$23,200) to three HAF projects and complimentary listing on Catapooolt’s official website.
The three Catapooolt Awards went to The Last Wedding On Earth, from Indonesia’s Joko Anwar ($1,500); Barber’s Tales ($1,000); and One Thousand ($500), to be directed by the Philippines’ Lawrence Fajardo.