Pilot programme will spend $1.28m.

Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau has launched the First Feature Film Initiative (FFFI) at Filmart. Targeted at debuting directors, the plan is to hold a competition for screenplays and production proposals for commercial films.

Supported by the Hong Kong Film Development Council (FDC), the Film Development Fund will provide full funding within two years for three new directors and their production teams to complete films on the basis of winning screenplay and proposal packages.

“The First Feature Film Initiative seeks to identify and nurture prospective film production talent to help promote the long-term development of the local film industry. It also serves as a stepping stone for youngsters aiming for a career in the film industry. Existing film workers can also take the opportunity to switch to film directing,” said Jack So, chairman of the FDC.

So adds that the pilot programme will have an estimated expenditure of $1.28m (HK$9.95m).

The FFFI’s competition will be divided into two groups – the Higher Education Institutions Group (HEIG) and the Professionals Group (PG). The HEIG will have two prizes with each winning team to get a maximum of $258,000 (HK$2m) from the FDF to make a debut feature. The PG will have one prize of maximum $644,000 (HK$5m).

Teams will be nominated by designated institutions of higher education or film organizations such as The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts or the Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers and its member organizations.

See www.createhk.gov.hk or www.fdc.gov.hk for more information.