Hong Kong-born director Clara Law's The Messenger clinched the HAF award for a Hong Kong project at the awards ceremony of the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum on Thursday (March 22).

Part-love story and part-mystery drama, the project also won the Technicolor Thailand's post-production service award.

Kore-eda Hirokazu's Night-fragrant Flower from Japan won the HAF award for a project from outside Hong Kong.

The Rome Film Festival award for the most innovative talent was given to Korean director's Kim Jee-woon's The Good, The Bad And The Weird.

Hong Kong director Mabel Cheung's Romance Of The Three Kingdoms: Red Rose And White Rose picked up the second Technicolor Thailand 's post-production service award.

Both Jia Zhangke's Shuang Xiong Hui from China and Now Showing by Hong Kong 's Pang Ho Cheung won the Hong Kong Cyberport Awards. The awards were presented by the Digital Media Centre of the Hong Kong Cyberport Management for projects with the most imagination in narrative and technical excellence.

The two Sony Fellowship Programme awards went to Vietnamese director Nguyen-Vo Nghiem-Minh's Point Of Reference and Hong Kong actor-turned-director Francis Ng's Bema's Tear. The awards were presented by Sony Fellowship Programme to two cinematographers who will be invited to attend the Thailand CineAlta Workshop, a high-definition workshop.

All HAF awards amounted to $40,600 in cash and $57,000 in kind. The three-day forum which ended today featured 25 Asian projects.