Haf Awards announced; Ho-Cheung drives away with 'Bus'


HONG KONG: The Haf Awards in their sixth edition, which attracted over 900 participants, were announced amidst much fanfare today. The awards arranged over 500 project meetings to shortlist 25 directors.

Organised by HKIFFS, in association with HKDTC and the Hong Kong, Kowloon & New Territories Motion Picture Industry Association Ltd, the Haf forum took place from 17 to 19 March at HKCEC in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong director Pang Ho-Cheung won the Haf award for his project The Bus presented by the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum which carried a cash component of HKD 100,000 (approx USD 13,000) each. In the overseas category from the same forum, Ning Hao from the Chinese mainland won the Haf award for his project 7 Dreams.

The Rome Film Festival Award which carried a cash component of HKD 117,000 (approx USD 15,000) was won by Tang Xiru for the project Fugitive Club from the Chinese mainland.

The Technicolor Thailand Awards presented by Technicolor Thailand Ltd which comprised two awards of HKD 117,000 (approx 15,000 USD) were won by Hong Kongs Carol Lai Miu Suet for Shuffle produced by Chow Keung and Thailand‘s Nonzee Nimbutr for Secret of the Butterfly produced by Nonzee Nimbutr and Apichana Leenanond.

The Technicolor Thailand Awards had three main parameters for being included in the running: the projects which had the maximum potential for financing and the director‘s past experience of directing at least one film, TV commercial, documentary or TV programme. In addition, the director‘s willingness to complete the post-production in Thailand was the deciding factor for winning the honour.

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