The organisers ofthe Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) have called for submissions fornext year's edition which marks the long-awaited return of the Hong Kong-basedprojects market following a four-year hiatus.
Around 20 projectswill be presented to potential investors, distributors and sales agents duringthe three-day event (March 22-24, 2005). Projects of all genres and at anystage of production will be considered, provided they're from Asia or have anAsian stakeholder attached.
The selectionprocess will be overseen by a reading committee including Fortissimo Films'Wouter Barendrecht, Emperor Motion Pictures CEO Albert Lee, Mandarin Films'chairman Raymond Wong and Peter Tsi, director of the Hong Kong InternationalFilm Festival (HKIFF).
A 15-membersteering committee has also been appointed while former HAF directorsBarendrecht and Lee are serving as honorary advisors.
The deadline forproject entries is November 30, 2004.
Organised jointlyby the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) and the Motion PictureIndustry Association (MPIA), HAF is being held during the Entertainment ExpoHong Kong, which also includes the TDC's Filmart (March 22-24), the HKIFF(March 22 - April 6) and the Hong Kong Film Awards (March 27).
Although the inauguralHAF, held in 2000, was a big success, the market didn't return the followingyear partly due to difficulties in securing government funding. It almost madea comeback in 2003 but was scuppered by SARS.