Magazine article Screen International

HAF 2015 Line-Up Includes Chang, Bober, Kawase Projects

Magazine article Screen International

HAF 2015 Line-Up Includes Chang, Bober, Kawase Projects

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Terence Chang, Philippe Bober and Naomi Kawase are among the producers of the 30 projects selected for this year's Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF, March 23-25).

Bober, one of the Europe's most respected producers and distributors, is teaming up with award-winning Chinese director Lou Ye to produce Riddle from Zhou Hao, whose debut The Night screened at Berlinale 2014.

Chang, the longtime producing partner of John Woo, is co-producing coming-of-age drama That Summer, to be directed by new mainland Chinese talent Zhou Quan. Meanwhile, Kawase is serving as producer on a project to be directed by Cuba's Carlos Machado Quintela, which is being made in collaboration with the Nara International Film Festival.

The HAF line-up also includes five projects from Hong Kong filmmakers of different generations. Following Doomsday Party, Ho Hong is returning to HAF with suspense drama Lost In Border, while Gilitte Leung is attending for the first time with inspirational sports drama Breathing.

Among other established industry figures nurturing projects from new talents are Subi Liang, Pang Ho Cheung's producing partner, who is producing Luk Yee-sum's directorial debut, Lazy Hazy Crazy; and Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ruby Yang, who will co-produce Stephen Gurie Woo's documentary The Last Stitch.

Award-winning Hong Kong New Wave director Yim Ho will present big-budget epic Nanking Xmas 1937, which will be produced by industry veteran Ng See-yuen and is one of the biggest projects selected for HAF.

The line-up also includes the three finalists of the HAF/FOX Chinese Film Development Award: Leon Sun's drama My Last Wish; suspense drama Unexpected And Ambiguous from Zhou Hongbo; and Yu Sen-I's comedy My Beauty Queen Mom, which has also been selected for the main HAF line-up.

HAF has also teamed up with several new partners for additional prizes:

Chinese internet video platform iQiyi, which is also the premium sponsor of this year's HAF, will present the HK$100,000 iQIYI Special Award, presented to a project from the Greater China region.

SCM (formerly STAR Chinese Movies) will present a cash prize of US$10,000 to the winner of the HAF Script Development Fund.

G2D Co will present the G2D Post-production Award to two HAF projects, giving each of them US$10,000 worth of post-production services at the company's offices in Thailand.

White Light Studio will present the White Light Post-Production Award, which rewards one HAF project with US$15,000 towards post-production services at White Light Studio.

Editing and VFX production company MONEFF will present the MONEFF Award, which offers an in-kind prize of US$10,000 to the winning project.

Finally, the Paris Coproduction Village of Champs-Elysées Film Festival will offer a ticket and accommodation package to one HAF project to participate in the 2015 edition of Paris Coproduction Village.The 13th HAF Project List:

The A Women (Australia)Director: Hannah MOONProducer: Joanna BENCEProduction company: Curb Denizen Australia

American Serial Killer In Manila (The Philippines)Director: Mikhail REDProducer: Pamela L. REYESProduction company: Pelikula RED

The Bicycle Girl (India)Director: Shivajee CHANDRABHUSHANProducers: Shivajee CHANDRABHUSHAN & Triparna BANERJEEProduction company: Shivajee Chandrabhushan Films

Breathing (Hong Kong)Director: Gilitte LEUNGProducer: Richard GEDDESProduction Company: Terracotta Media

Die Beautiful (The Philippines)Director: Jun Robles LANAProducers: Ferdinand LAPUZ & Perci INTALANProduction Company: Octobertrain Films

The Foolish Bird (China)Director: HUANG JiProducer: OTSUKA RyujiProduction Company: Yellow-Green Pi

Ghost In Mountain (China)Director: YANG HengProducer: YANG ChengProduction Company: Xiang Xi Yang Heng Film Studio

Hell Is Other People (China)Director: PENG TaoProducers: WANG Shaofeng & Lilly AUSTINProduction Companies: Light and Magic of China & Heaven Pictures Co

A Jade Journey (Indonesia)Director: Teddy SOERIAATMADJAProducer: Edwin NAZIRProduction Companies: Karuna Pictures & Angka Fortuna Sinema

Last Days (China)Director: Degena YUNProducer: XIE FeiProduction Company: Youth Film Studio

The Last Stitch (Hong Kong, Canada)Director: Stephen Gurie WOOProducers: Ruby YANG & Alfred SUNGProduction Company: Repulse Bay Tailors Limited

Lazy Hazy Crazy (Hong Kong)Director: LUK Yee-sumProducer: Subi LIANGProduction Company: Making Film Productions

Les Célestes (France, China)Director: Gabriel LE BOMINProducers: WANG Fanghui & Didier DENISEProduction Company: Bayoo Productions

Lost In Border (Hong Kong)Director: HO HongProducers: Gilbert PO & HO HongProduction Company: Film Plus Productions

The Man From The Sea (Japan)Director: FUKADA KojiProducers: KOMURO Naoko & KINO YoshiProduction Company: Nikkatsu Corporation

The Memory Of Okinawa (working title) (Japan)Director: HARA KazuoProducers: HIRASAWA Daisuke & YOKOI MakiProduction Company: Shisso Production

My Beauty Queen Mom (Taiwan)Director: YU Sen-IProducer: Rachel CHENProduction Companies: We Share Entertainment,Spring Bear Productions

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