The new body will advise the government on policy for the promotion and development of the
The government also announced 16 non-official members of the HKFDC including the 11 current members of the Film Development Committee - established in 2005 as a precursor to the HKFDC - and five new members including veteran filmmaker Ng See-yuen and directors Gordon Chan and Mabel Cheung.
'We will also consult the HKFDC on specific measures to promote the film industry, including the detailed arrangements for the Film Development Fund with an increase in commitment of HK$300m [$38m] and an expanded scope to provide funding support for small-to-medium budget film productions.'
The $38m funding injection was first announced at the end of February by
A paper presented to LegCo last week proposed that the new Film Development Fund should invest in small-to-medium budget films rather than offering grants or subsidies.
It also proposed that the Commissioner for Television and Entertainment Licensing (CTEL) should serve as controlling officer of the fund with the HKFDC secretariat overseeing administration. The paper also suggested that decisions on how the money is spent should be made upon the advice of a reconstituted 'Vetting Committee' set up under the FDC and comprising some FDC members and others from the film industry or other professions.
The old Film Development Fund, established in 1999 with $13m (HK$100m), supported training and overseas promotion of
FULL LIST OF HKFDC MEMBERS:
Jack So (chairman)
Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology
Secretary for Home Affairs or his representative
Executive director of the HK Trade Development Council