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New works from filmmakers including Chang Tso-chi, Huang Ji, Pierre Sarraf, Tan Chui Mui and Jessey Tsang are among the 21 projects selected for the Work-in-Progress section (WIP) of this year’s Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF).

The WIP projects will be presented online alongside the main programme of HAF (March 15-17) and Hong Kong Filmart (March 15-18). Most are at the post-production stage, with several currently in production. The line-up includes 10 documentaries and 11 fiction films, mostly from Asia, with several European productions and co-productions. 

Fiction projects include works from first-time directors such as Louis Yin’s Beijing-set As Day Comes And Goes, about a young man who becomes a rideshare driver to escape reality when Covid-19 hits, and Hong Kong director Anatasia Tsang’s A Light Never Goes Out, about a widow’s attempts to retrace her late husband’s past.

Documentary projects include Mexican filmmaker Eden Bernal’s The Siren Song, about two ageing sisters who work as sea as oyster collectors, and Korea-Nepal co-production No Winter Holidays, from Rajan Kathet and Sunir Pandey, about two old ladies who once shared a husband and are now tasked with taking care of 200 empty houses during a snowbound winter.

Awards in this section of HAF include the WIP Fiction Award and WIP Documentary Award, which are both presented by Create Hong Kong, HAF and the Hong Kong Film Development Fund and come with a cash award of $10,000 (HK$78,000).

WIP projects are also eligible for the White Light Post-Production Award and HAF Goes to Cannes Programme, through which five WIP projects will be presented at the Marché du Film.

Previous WIP projects include Hong Kong filmmaker Jun Li’s Drifting, which is playing at the on-going Rotterdam film festival, and Han Shuai’s Summer Blur, which won awards in Pingyao and Busan.





Airborne (India)

Director: Shaunak SEN

Producer: Aman MANN

Production Company: Kiterabbit Films


Between The Hooks (Germany)

Director: Ibrahim NASH’AT

Producer: Florian SCHEWE

Production Company: Film Five, RMG 247 Productions


Forms Of Forgetting (Turkey, France)

Director: Burak ÇEVIK

Producer: Selman NACAR, Guillaume de SEILLE

Production Company: Fol Film


No Winter Holidays* (Nepal, South Korea)

Director: Rajan KATHET, Sunir PANDEY

Producer: Rajan KATHET, Sunir PANDEY, Gary KAM Byung-seok

Production Company: Salpa Films, Mirror & Story


Our Second Home* (Hong Kong, Taiwan)

Director: Frankie SIN

Producer: Stefano CENTINI, Peter YAM Yin-cheung

Production Company: Volos Films Co, 70 Plus Production Company


Scala* (Thailand)

Director: Ananta THITANAT

Producer: Abhichon RATTANABHAYON

Production Company: Bandai Dam Studio


The Return Of Agaar* (China)

Director: YANG Bo

Producer: XU Xiaofei

Production Company: Hainan Mind Image Film Productions


The Siren Song*^ (Mexico)

Director: Eden BERNAL

Producer: Polly YEUNG, Eden BERNAL

Production Company: Sinapsis, The Lady Improper


Winter Chants (Hong Kong)

Director: TSANG Tsui-shan

Producer: Teresa KWONG, Ken HUI

Production Company: River Vision Company


Yasmine’s Journal (Lebanon, France)

Director: Christian ABBOUD

Producer: Pierre SARRAF

Production Company: Beyrouth Films, K-U Fiction




A Light Never Goes Out* (Hong Kong)

Director: Anastasia TSANG

Producer: Saville CHAN

Production Company: A Light Never Goes Out


As Day Comes and Goes* (China)

Director: Louis YIN

Producer: LI Yanru, Seven BAI

Production Company: Beijing Straw Dog Culture Media Co


Lonely Pine^ (Kyrgyzstan)

Director: Dalmira TILEPBERGEN

Producer: Marina DESSIATKINA

Production Company: Arno Film, Culterra Magica


Red Horse In The Summer Sky (Taiwan)

Director: CHANG Tso-Chi

Producer: KAO Wen-Hung

Production Company: SimpleView Production Co


Saving One Who Was Dead^ (Czech Republic, Slovak Republic)

Director: Vaclav KADRNKA

Producer: Vaclav KADRNKA

Production Company: Sirius Films


Sometimes It’s Like Going Back to Childhood* (Hong Kong)

Director: CHEN Guan

Producer: CHENG Qingsong, HE Xuan, LI Tianyu

Production Company: PAD International


Stonewalling^ (China)

Director: HUANG Ji, OTSUKA Ryuji

Producer: OTSUKA Ryuji

Production Company: Yellow-Green Pi Co


Sunshine Of My Life* (Hong Kong)

Director: Judy CHU

Producer: NG Kin-hung, Edmond WONG

Production Company: Mandarin Motion Pictures


The Wind Will Say* (China)

Director: Renai WEI Yongyao

Producer: TAN Chui Mui, Annie SONG

Production Company: Yiti Film Productions Co, Rapid Bus Films Co


To Love Again* (China)

Director: GAO Lingyang

Producer: LIANG Jing, GUAN Hu

Production Company: The Seventh Art Pictures Co


Zalava*^ (Iran)

Director: Arsalan AMIRI

Producer: Ruhollah BARADARI, Samira BARADARI, Ruth Yoshie LINTON

Production Company: Touba Film


* First-feature directors

^ Previous HAF projects