Magazine article Screen International

HAF Fox Jury Talk Local Filmmaking

Magazine article Screen International

HAF Fox Jury Talk Local Filmmaking

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Fox International Productions (FIP) president Sanford Panitch and the jury of the HAF/Fox Chinese Film Development Award discussed how filmmaking across the Greater China region has become more local at a round table yesterday.

Although mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan share language and culture, audiences in the three markets have different tastes.

"Each of us should focus on making our own movies - it's impossible for filmmakers to merge the three markets," said Wanda Media head of development Abe Kwong.

"It's a conundrum because often the very thing that makes a film successful locally is the thing that prevents it from being international," said Panitch.

Taiwanese filmmaker Giddens Ko (You Are The Apple Of My Eye) agreed that the priority should be to focus on making a good movie: "We first need to understand what we like ourselves rather than guessing what other markets will like."

Ko, who recently turned producer on A Choo and Café Waiting Love, is gearing up to direct Kung Fu adapted from his own novel for FIP. …

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