Philip Yung’s Port Of Call took the HAF Award for best film project from Hong Kong at the close of the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF), while Dream State, from Vietnam’s Bui Thac Chuyen, took the HAF Award for best project originating from outside Hong Kong.
Yung’s Port Of Call is based on the true story of a young prostitute who was murdered in Hong Kong. Dream State is about the sexual awakening of a young woman in modern-day Hanoi. Both films were awarded with cash prizes of $19,250 (HK$150,000) each.
Meanwhile the Wouter Barendrecht Award was presented to Where Is My Home? by mainland Chinese director Li Ruijin. The award came with a cash prize of HK$50,000 from the Wouter Barendrecht Film Foundation and Hong Kong Film Development Fund.
Where Is My Home? was also one of two winners of the HAF Script Development Fund, which was launched this year to encourage quality Chinese-language screenwriting. More than 70 Chinese projects applied for the fund which is an initiative of Sylvia Chang, vice chairman of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS).
The other winner was Clean And Bright by Liu Jiayin (which did not participate in HAF). The two films shared the HK$100,000 cash prize.
The Technicolor Asia Award was presented to Campus Confidential from Taiwan’s Lai Chun-yu. The award came with an in-kind prize worth $25,000 of services from Technicolor Asia Bangkok.
The Paris Project Award went to Big Father, Small Father And Other Stories from Vietnam’s Phan Dang Di. The winner will receive a round-trip ticket and hotel accommodation to attend Paris Project 2011 at the Paris Cinema International Film Festival.