CURTAIN SET TO RISE ON HONG KONG DAY AT AFM

Screenings and Events Spotlight Co-Production Opportunities

Hong Kong Day at the American Film Market (AFM®) is set to open tomorrow, November 5th, in Santa Monica, United States. Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Regional Director of Americas Ralph Chow and AFM® Managing Director Jonathan Wolf welcomed the sixth edition of the event, which is co-organized by the AFM® and the HKTDC. Hong Kong Day features events and screenings highlighting international opportunities for film production in Hong Kong.

Connecting the global film industry

Hong Kong’s advantages as a production base for global filmmakers are the central theme of Hong Kong Day at AFM®. A seminar entitled “Hong Kong: The Next Generation of Project Management for Production in Asia” will feature speakers from Hong Kong’s film industry discussing various advantages and hot topics. A Hong Kong Reception is also arranged to give attendees a chance to network with film industry leaders from Hong Kong and around the world. Meanwhile, film premieres throughout the day by Hong Kong companies showcase some of the top work taking place in the region.

“Hong Kong is a perfect production hub for international film business in Asia,” said Mr Wolf. “We are delighted to support this showcase of Hong Kong at the AFM® and help build even stronger global film ties.”

“With the rapid development of the entertainment business in Asia, there is a growing trend for cross-boundary film production,” said Mr Chow. “In this context, production companies need local partners with technical sophistication as well as a firm understanding of regional industry dynamics. Hong Kong’s strong talent pool of film professionals familiar in working with both Eastern and Western film projects, leaves it uniquely suited to thrive in this kind of role.”

Mr Chow also underscored the benefits for international filmmakers teaming up with Hong Kong partners to take advantage of the unique free trade pact between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland, called the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA). Under CEPA, Hong Kong-Mainland co-productions are not subject to quotas and restrictions that are normally placed on foreign films being shown on the mainland.

Hong Kong at the Movies

The following films will be presented by Hong Kong companies on Hong Kong Day:

  • Are you here, from Young Live Entertainment (HK) Co. Ltd.
    – screening at AMC Santa Monica 6, 1pm
  • Monster Hunt, from Edko Films Ltd.
    – screening at AMC Santa Monica 6, 3pm
  • Office, from Edko Films Ltd.
    – screening at Broadway Cineplex 2, 5pm
  • Saving Mr. Wu, from Golden Network Asia Ltd.
    – screening at AMC Santa Monica 6, 5pm
  • The Secret, from Media Asia Distribution Ltd.
    – screening at AMC Santa Monica 4, 3pm

Program Rundown:

Opening Ceremony (ribbon cutting)

Time:           10:00am
Venue:           Main entrance, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Details:           No RSVP required; all guests welcome

Seminar – “Hong Kong: The Next Generation of Project Management for Production in Asia”

Panel:          

       Mr Peter Lam, Vice Chairman, Hong Kong Motion Picture Industry Association Limited (MPIA);

       Mr Chu Chen On, Co-founder and Managing Director, October Pictures Limited;

       Mr Fred Wang, Chairman, Salon Films

Time:           2:30pm – 4pm
Venue:           AFM® Studio, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Details:           No RSVP required; open to all AFM® badge-holders

(Seating is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis)

Hong Kong Reception

Time:           5:30pm – 7:30pm
Venue:           Ocean & Vine Restaurant, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel|
Details:           Invitation only

Hong Kong Companies at AFM®

All Rights Entertainment Lowes – 532
Bravos Pictures Limited Lowes – 654
China 3D Digital Distribution Lowes – 456
Distribution Workshop Lowes – 605
Easternlight Films Lowes – 729
Edko Films Lowes – 450
Emperor Motion Pictures Lowes – 509
Fotissimo Films Lowes – 811
Golden Network Asia Limited Lowes – 437
HLCG Film Guarantors Limited Lowes – 311
Media Asia Distribution Lowes – 517
Mega-Vision Project Workshop Limited Lowes – 528
Mei Ah Entertainment Group Lowes – 526
Pegasus Motion Pictures Lowes – 640
Universe Films Distribution Company Ltd. Lowes – 447
Young Live Entertainment (HK) Co. Ltd Lowes – 763

 

Media Enquiries

Please contact the HKTDC’s Corporate Communication Department:

Joe Kainz     Tel: (852) 2584 4216           Email: joe.kainz@hktdc.org

 

About HKTDC
A statutory body established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 global offices, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and throughout Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in overseas markets, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com. Follow us on  Google+ Twitter @hktdc LinkedIn

 

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