HAF is proud to announce four film projects from Cambodia, Mongolia and Russia — three countries that will be represented at the event for the first time. From Cambodia, Jake WACHTEL’s suspense-drama In the Next Life follows a young teenage girl living in Phnom Penh’s slums who investigates a boy’s past-life visions and uncovers a sinister conspiracy of literal, scientific reincarnation. In Twist of Fate, director Baasanjargal Orgodol of Mongolia seeks to genuinely portray the “true reality” of nomadic Mongols in his drama about a woman who marries twin brothers, and whose unconventional life leads to conflict and death.

Two projects from Russia look at love, marriage and betrayal. Set in Kyrgyzstan, Far Frontiers from director Maxim DASHKIN explores the complicated relationship between faith and fidelity in his drama about the wife of a military commander who begins an affair with another officer. Tajikistan-born filmmaker Nigina SAYFULLAEVA’s Revnost examines the motivations of a woman who suspects her husband of having an affair and exacts revenge by entering sexual relationships with other men.

About Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF)

The Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) is widely recognized as an established film financing platform in Asia. HAF brings Asian filmmakers with upcoming film projects to Hong Kong for co-production ventures with top film financiers, producers, bankers, distributors and buyers. Attracting more than 1,000 filmmakers and financiers from at least 35 countries and regions, around 25 to 30 projects are selected annually to participate in the three-day event. HAF has the added advantage of being held in conjunction with Hong Kong Filmart, Asia’s largest film market which attracts over 8,000 professionals.

HAF has partnered with international organisations to provide a range of opportunities to participants. Partners include iQIYI (China), Fox International Productions (Greater China) (US), Cinemart (the Netherlands), Asian Project Market (South Korea), Golden Horse Film Project Promotion (Taiwan), New Cinema Network (Italy) and others. Cash and in-kind awards to the value of around US$150,000 are made with support from Create Hong Kong and Film Development Fund among others.

Past participants include China’s JIA Jiangke, JIANG Wen, LU Chuan and NING Hao; Hong Kong’s Peter CHAN, Stanley KWAN, Ann HUI, Fruit CHAN and PANG Ho-cheung; Taiwan’s TSAI Ming-Liang, WEI Te-Sheng, CHUNG Mong-Hong and Leon DAI; Japan’s KORE-EDA Hirokazu, KUROSAWA Kiyoshi, KAWASE Naomi and IWAI Shunji; South Korea’s PARK Chan-wook, KIM Jee-woon, BONG Joon-ho and IM Sang-soo; as well as Thailand’s Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL, Ekachai UEKRONGTHAM, Nonzee NIMIBUTR and Pen-ek RATANARUANG.

About The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited

The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited (HKIFFS/Society) is a charitable, non-profit and non-governmental organisation dedicated to the discovery and promotion of creativity in the art and culture of film.

The Society is committed to making world cinema accessible and affordable to the public. It organizes the annual flagship the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) and the Hong Kong — Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) in March and April. Another annual highlight is the Summer International Film Festival (SummerIFF) held every August. The repertory HKIFF Cine Fan Programme was launched in April 2013 with the aim to enrich and deepen the experience of Hong Kong moviegoers through a monthly programme of contemporary, retrospective and thematic showcases.

Through its annual programmes, the Society promotes international appreciation of Asian, Hong Kong and Chinese film culture; introduces world cinema to Hong Kong audiences; and continues to underline Hong Kong’s key position in the international film community.

HKIFFS’s dedication to quality and intelligent programming, its devotion to the discovery of new areas of filmmaking in Asia and China, its exceptional work for Hong Kong cinema, seminars and acclaimed publications, gives it a unique and respected international reputation that helps promote Hong Kong cinema at home and abroad.

The 16th Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum Shortlisted Projects

1. Art College 上大學
China 中國
Director 導演:LIU Jian 劉健
Producer 監製:YANG Cheng 楊城
Production Company 製作公司:Nezha Bros. Pictures 北京哪吒兄弟影業, Lightriver Culture & Media 映川文化傳媒

2. The Big Picture
South Korea 南韓
Director 導演:E J-yong 李在容
Producer 監製:Jason CHAE 蔡熙承, BAE Ja-hee 裴子嬉 (Associate Producer 副監製)
Production Company 製作公司:Mirovision

3. Deadline 自殺通告
Hong Kong 香港
Director 導演:Kiwi CHOW 周冠威
Producer 監製:Jacqueline LIU 廖婉虹, Kiwi CHOW 周冠威
Production Company 製作公司:Photon Films (HK) Limited光籽電影有限公司

4. A Family with Troubles 難念的經
China 中國
Director 導演:YAN Xiaolin 閆嘯林
Producer 監製:YANG Cheng 楊城
Production Company 製作公司: Nezha Bros. Pictures 北京哪吒兄弟影業, Lightriver Culture & Media 映川文化傳媒

5. Far Frontiers
Russia 俄羅斯
Director 導演:Maxim DASHKIN
Producer 監製:Anna von DZIEMBOWSKA, Denis KOVALEVSKIY, Ilann GIRARD (Co-producer 聯合監製)
Production Company 製作公司:Victoria Films

6. I Promised 逆風少年
Hong Kong 香港
Director 導演:CHAN Ying-wai 陳英尉
Producer 監製:Jessinta LIU Fung-ping 廖鳳平
Production Company 製作公司:At Odds Workshop 頓點之工作室

7. IMAH (working title)
Indonesia 印尼, France法國
Director 導演:Eddie CAHYONO
Producer 監製:Ifa ISFANSYAH, Isabelle GLACHANT
Production Company 製作公司:Fourcolours Films, Shasha & Co Production

8. In the Next Life
Cambodia 柬埔寨
Director 導演:Jake WACHTEL
Producer 監製:Valerie STEINBERG
Production Company 製作公司:Valerie Steinberg Productions

9. Let Me Rest in Peace
Japan 日本
Director 導演:YAMANAKA Yoko 山中瑤子
Producer 監製:MIZOGUCHI Moeko 溝口萌子
Production Company 製作公司:PIA Film Festival

10. Love in the Valley of Daughters 出走瀘沽湖
Hong Kong 香港
Director 導演:YUEN Han-yan 阮行恩
Producer 監製:Eric POON 潘達培, Ruby YANG 楊紫燁, YUEN Han-yan 阮行恩
Production Company 製作公司:Singing Cicada

11. A Man Used to Stay at My Room 一個男人在我的房間裡待過
China 中國
Director 導演:Emily TANG 唐曉白
Producer 監製:WU Jueren 吳覺人, LI Liangwen 李亮文
Production Company 製作公司:Beijing Yoshow Film & TV Production Co., Ltd. 北京永旭良辰文化發展有限公司, Shanghai Raging Fire Film & TV Culture Co., Ltd. 上海烈火影視文化有限公司

12. A Mountain Splits
Japan 日本
Director 導演:TOMINA Tetsuya 富名哲也
Producer 監製:HATANAKA Mina 畠中美奈
Production Company 製作公司:TETSUYA to MINA Film

13. Naive Melody 買一送一
Taiwan 台灣
Director 導演:Arvin CHEN 陳駿霖
Producer 監製:Aileen LI 李耀華
Production Company 製作公司:Filmagic Pictures 奇幻娛樂國際股份有限公司

14. On High Ice
South Korea 南韓, Israel 以色列
Director 導演:Gary KAM Byung-seok 甘秉錫
Producer 監製:Naama PYRITZ
Production Company 製作公司:Ingenue Production

15. Ordinary People 普通情事
Taiwan 台灣, China 中國
Director 導演:HUANG Xi 黃熙
Producer 監製:HOU Hsiao-Hsien 侯孝賢
Production Company 製作公司:3H Productions三三電影製作有限公司, Luminous Pictures 北京光景映畫電影有限公司

16. Revnost
Russia 俄羅斯, France 法國
Director 導演:Nigina SAYFULLAEVA
Producer 監製:Pavel ODYNIN, Guillaume DE SEILLE
Production Company 製作公司:Droog Drooga, Arizona Productions

17. Saving One Who was Dead
Czech Republic 捷克
Director 導演:Václav KADRNKA
Producer 監製:Václav KADRNKA
Production Company 製作公司:Sirius Films s.r.o.

18. Seven Days and Nights 七天七夜
China 中國
Director 導演:YAO Tian 堯天
Producer 監製:ZHANG Yang 張楊, ZHAO Jin 趙晉, CAO Liuying 曹柳鶯
Production Company 製作公司:PARALLAX FILMS 視幻文化傳播(北京)有限公司

19. Sex is Guilt 成人禮
Hong Kong 香港
Director 導演:O Sing-pui 柯星沛
Producer 監製:O Sing-pui 柯星沛
Production Company 製作公司:Zero Image Production House 零影像製作室

20. The Shepherdess and the Seven Songs
India 印度
Director 導演:Pushpendra SINGH
Producer 監製:Sanjay GULATI, Ajit Singh RATHORE
Production Company 製作公司:Crawling Angel Films

21. Stonewalling 石門
China 中國
Director 導演:HUANG Ji 黃驥
Producer 監製:OTSUKA Ryuji 大塚龍治
Production Company 製作公司:Yellow-Green Pi 龍驥映畫北京文化有限公司

22. Tale of the Land
Indonesia 印尼
Director 導演:Loeloe HENDRA
Producer 監製:Siska RAHARJA
Production Company 製作公司:Elora Production

23. Twist of Fate
Mongolia 蒙古
Director 導演:Baasanjargal Orgodol
Producer 監製:Usukhbayar Batsaikhan
Production Company 製作公司:Wild Vision

24. Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash
Indonesia 印尼
Director 導演:Edwin
Producer 監製:Meiske TAURISIA, Muhammad ZAIDY, Lorna TEE 鄭碧雪
Production Company 製作公司:Palari Films

25. While You Were Working 三個女人一個邨
Hong Kong 香港
Director 導演:LEUNG Ming-kai 梁銘佳
Producer 監製:Teresa KWONG 鄺珮詩, Kate REILLY, CHUN Siu-chun 秦小珍
Production Company 製作公司:JABES Most Company Limited 捷報事務所有限公司

Shortlisted Projects for the Work-in-Progress Lab

A. AGANAI – The Atonement
Japan 日本
Director 導演:SAKAHARA Atsushi 阪原淳
Producer 監製:SAKAHARA Atsushi 阪原淳
Production Company 製作公司:Good People Inc.

B. From Black and White to Shades of Grey
China 中國
Director 導演:HUANG Zi 黃梓
Producer 監製:HUANG Zi 黃梓
Production Company 製作公司:Huang Zi Film Studio

C. The Little One 小家伙
Russia 俄羅斯
Director 導演:Sergey DVORTSEVOY
Producer 監製:ZHU Li 朱力
Production Company 製作公司:Beijing Juben Production Company北京聚本文化傳媒有限公司

D. The Man Who Surprised Everyone
Russia俄羅斯, France 法國, Estonia 愛沙尼亞
Director 導演:Natalya MERKULOVA, Alexey CHUPOV
Producer 監製:Katia FILLIPOVA
Production Company 製作公司:Pan Atlantic Studio

E. Mosaic Portrait 馬賽克少女
China 中國
Director 導演:ZHAI Yixiang 翟義祥
Producer 監製:WANG Zijian 王子劍, CHENG Rui 程睿
Production Company 製作公司:Blackfin Production 黑鰭傳媒

F. The Pencil
Director 導演:Natalya NAZAROVA
Producer 監製:Anastasia LUKOVNIKOVA
Production Company 製作公司:Salt Studio

G. The Red Phallus
Bhutan 不丹, Nepal 尼泊爾
Director 導演:Tashi GYELTSHEN
Producer 監製:Ram Krishna POKHAREL, Tashi GYELTSHEN, Kristina KONRAD
Production Company 製作公司:Icefall Productions, Studio 108, weltfilm GmbH

H. Sister
Bulgaria 保加利亞
Director 導演:Svetla TSOTSORKOVA
Producer 監製:Svetoslav OVTCHAROV
Production Company 製作公司:Omega films

I. The Sorcerer
Panama 巴拿馬
Director 導演:Félix GUARDIA
Producer 監製:Tomás CORTÉS-ROSSELOT
Production Company 製作公司:ANIMAL

J. Still Human 淪落人
Hong Kong 香港
Director 導演:Oliver CHAN Siu-kuen 陳小娟
Producer 監製:Fruit CHAN 陳果
Production Company 製作公司:No Ceiling Film Production Limited無際電影製作有限公司