Zhang Meng’s The Piano In The Factory and Kwok Jae-yong’s Goodbye Ani took the top two prizes at China Film Pitch and Catch (CFPC), the projects market of the Shanghai International Film Festival, last night.
Zhang’s comedy about a factory union worker who dreams of getting his daughter a piano picked up the award for Most Creative Project among the 40 selected projects in CFPC.
Kwok’s Goodbye Ani, about a Korean acupuncture student who encounters a peculiar Chinese girl at the zoo, won the award for Most Promising Project in which to invest.
The Most Creative Project was selected by a jury comprising Chinese director Huang Jianxin, scriptwriter Yan Geling and Irresistible Films general manager Lorna Tee, while the award for Most Promising Project is based on the number of meetings the project attracts.
A total of 314 investors participated in CFPC which ran for three days from June 15-17. SIFF organisers claim that among the 40 projects, around 34 have found potential partners.
These include Han Jie’s Tree, a contemporary black comedy to be produced by Jia Zhangke’s Xstream Pictures, which has secured investment from Bona International Film Group and will start shooting this autumn.
Australian post-production company Soundfirm provided the top two winners with post services worth $36,600, while Kodak provided The Piano In The Factory and Zhao Tianyu’s Made In China with film reels worth $4,390.
Kodak’s Beijing-based joint venture, Cinelab, also provided Zhang and Zhao’s projects with $5,120 worth of film processing services.