The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFF Society) has collaborated with CAA China to launch an initiative with aim to bolster the Chinese-language film landscape.
The strategically curated effort named the HCG-CAA China Genre Initiative will foster Chinese-language genre film projects into the limelight as well as extending recognition and support to the emerging filmmakers.
The initiative will present five handpicked genre projects to the industry stakeholders at the upcoming Filmart and Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) events, scheduled for March 11-13.
Two out of the selected projects will be provide a cash award of US$20,000 by CAA China as part of the initiative to provide monetary support needed for development along with personalised guidance from mentors, aiding in refining their creative concepts and execution.
The organisation may further extend support to the winning projects by entering into script development agreements afterwards.
Jacob Wong, the Director of HKIFF Industry, expressed his confidence in the initiative’s potential to nurture and elevate Chinese-language films, particularly in the realm of edgy and innovative genres. He said, “The collaboration with CAA China is a testament to our growing reputation and demonstrates our commitment to pushing boundaries in promoting exciting new projects. It expands HKIFF Industry’s strategic partnership base in Asia”.
Mary Gu, the CEO of CAA China, also shared her thoughts regarding the initiative said that she hopes that it foster fruitful connections with emerging filmmakers, providing them with a platform to showcase their creative visions.
Submissions for the HCG initiative are set to commence from 4th September and will remain open until 31st October, 2023. Interested parties can access submission details and guidelines via the official HKIFF Industry website.