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Hong Kong’s HAF Project Market Unveils 28-Title Spread for Return to In-Person Meetings(Variety)

Leading Asian directors Anthony Chen, Fruit Chan, Tian Zhuangzhuang and Zhang Lu set as producers at 2023 edition. Film projects involvingAnthony Chen, Fruit Chan, Tian Zhuangzhuang, Marco Mueller and Zhang Lu adorn the lineup of the upcoming Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum project market.The 21st edition of the market will be held as an inperson event for the first time after a hiatus that forced HAF into a digitalonly format for the past three years. It will operate March 13 – 15 alongside the 27th Hong Kong Film & TV Market (FilMart), March 1316.From 244 submissions, HAF organizers selected 28 indevelopment projects for this year’s market. Of these, half are by prospective firsttime directors. Eight of the 28 are Chineselanguage projects developed by young filmmakers at recent editions of the HAF Film Lab coaching program. Organizers will announce a further list of workinprogress projects, after the Chinese New Year holidays later this month.Chen, director of “Ilo Ilo” and “Wet Season,” is attached as producer of two HAF entries. With Xie Meng, he is producing “A Better Tomorrow,” a mainland Chinese comingofage drama to be directed by Tang Peiyan. With Teoh Yi Peng, he is also producing “Skin Coat,” the only animated project in the HAF21 lineup. To be made by Tan Wei Keong, it depicts a man donning a woman’s skin coat to enter his male lover’s village and meet his parents.Mueller, former festival director of Venice, Locarno and Pingyao, is attached as producer of “In the Fruit,” directed by Li Dongmei and tracking a woman’s joy and sadness through pregnancy and miscarriage.Zhang Lu (“Yanagawa”), himself a noted director, is attached as producer of “In the Last Haven,” to be directed by Zhang Jun. The story sees a woman return to live with her parents following her divorce.Frankie Lee’s “Kapok,” a drama about a woman burdened by work and family duties who returns to her hometown to find solace, to be produced by iconoclast Fruit Chan (“Hollywood, Hong Kong,” “The Midnight After”).The sole Indian project in the lineup is director Praveen Morchhale’s “White Snow,” which Morchhale will produce with Suneel Sajnanai through Barefoot Pictures. South Asia is also represented by Nepal director Bikas Neupane’s “Bhunte,” about children who dream of getting a football. It is being produced by Govinda Prasad Khanal through Hamrobox Entertainment.The organizers noted that love, scams and deception – a social problem that has grown rapidly in many Asian countries during the COVID era — is a recurring theme of many selected projects.These include: “A Divorce,” by Hong Kong’s Jevons Au (“Trivisa”), which looks at how a fake divorce turns real when love and trust disappear; and “Family of Crooks,” by Lai KuoAn (“A Fish Out of Water”), about a family of street opera troupe feigning madness in an insurance scam.“The Marriage Drive,” by Lawrence Kan, produced byCora Yim, tells the story of a couple’s marriage spanning over a decade. In Zhang Yuxuan’s ChinaThailandFrance coproduction, “Till Forgetfulness Do Us Part,” two estranged lovers travel to Thailand to start over. Tian Zhuangzhuang (“The Horse Thief”) joins He Bin (“The Crossing”) in producing Phakpa’s “Dark Eyes,” a tale of first love between a Buddhist monk and a young blind girl that transcends beliefs. Variety Jan 12, 2023 Article by Patrick Frater, Image by Celestial Tiger Entertainment

01.13.2023

THUMBNAIL

Japan introduced Incentive Program (Foreign Content Production Support Program Grant)

Foreign Content Production Support Program GrantTokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau are pleased to announce that offering grants for location scouting and filming of movies and TV dramas to be released overseas in Tokyo in fiscal year20222023.Summary of the programLocation scouting and filming in Tokyo of projects to be released internationally*“Projects to be released internationally” to be defined as projects which are to be released in and outside of Japan via outlets including internet streaming services, feature film releases and television programming. (Animated films and xdocumentary films are not eligible for grants through this program.)Eligible ProjectsGroups for which the main purpose of is the production of films, etc., have a record of producing films, etc., for which the below “A” or “B” are applicable, and in addition, either “(1)” or “(2)” are applicable.*“Groups for which the main purpose is the production of films, etc.” are defined as businesses which supply films, etc., for distribution or broadcast, and or entities created with the intent, and hold the responsibility for, the production of a film, etc.?A. Legally Incorporated GroupsOverseas groups legally incorporated under laws and regulations of their home country.?B. Groups which are not incorporated but meet all of the following requirements1.Have set terms, etc., similar to articles of incorporation which include all of the following requirements (2 to 4).2.The purpose of the group has been defined and an organization to execute the purpose has been established.3.The group has the ability to manage its own accounting and retains the ability to audit the accounting.4.The group has an office which acts as the central base for its activities.Requirements for location scouting and filming grants for eligible groups outlined above are as follows.(1)Location ScoutingAnoverseas groupwhich is planning the production of a film, etc., to be released internationally.(2)FilmingAgroup based in Japanwhich meet either of the below “C” or “D” requirements.【 C 】 The group is producing a film, etc., to be released internationally. (Including coproductions.)*A “coproduction” is defined as a group consisting of entities from two or more countries, one of which is based in Japan, which are sharing funding and or production activities to produce a film, etc., to be released internationally.【 D 】 Agroup based in Japanwhich has been consigned, etc., by an overseas group (duly incorporated according to the laws of their home country or similar) for the production of a film, etc.Grant Ratios and Amount Limits(1)Location Scouting: Up to 50% of eligible expenses. (Fractions under ¥1,000 yen to be discarded.) Amount Limits: ¥1 million yen per group(2)Filming: Up to 50% of eligible expenses. (Fractions under ¥1,000 yen to be discarded.) *Projects which make use of this program to scout locations and also to film may be eligible for assistance for up to 66% of eligible expenses. Amount Limits: ¥5 million yen per groupGrant Use Periods(1)Location Scouting:Within 1 yearof date of approval of grant.(2)Filming:Within 3 yearsof date of approval of grant.Application Review Schedule1Location Scouting (Document Review) Term Application Deadline (TBC) Document Review (TBC) Notification of Results (TBC) Term 1 May 31st, 2022 Planned for June, 2022 Planned for July, 2022 Term 2 July 29th, 2022 Planned for August, 2022 Planned for September, 2022 Term 3 September 30th, 2022 Planned for October, 2022 Planned for November, 2022 Term 4 November 30th, 2022 Planned for December, 2022 Planned for January, 2023 Term 5 January 31st, 2023 Planned for February, 2023 Planned for March, 2023 2 Filming (Preliminary Document Review·Secondary Document Review) Term Application Deadline (TBC) Preliminary Review (TBC) (Document Review) Secondary Review (TBC) (Document Review) Notification of Results (TBC) Term 1 May 31st, 2022 Planned for June, 2022 Planned for July, 2022 Planned for August, 2022 Term 2 July 29th, 2022 Planned for August, 2022 Planned for September, 2022 Planned for October, 2022 Term 3 September 30th, 2022 Planned for October, 2022 Planned for November, 2022 Planned for December, 2022 Term 4 November 30th, 2022 Planned for December, 2022 Planned for January, 2023 Planned for February, 2023 *The number of allocations for both Location Scouting and Filming applications for this yearhave been fixed. Please note that applications may no longer be accepted and the reviewprocess may be halted once the allotted number of selections have been filled.Submissionby post (permitted for both “Location Scouting” and “Filming”)Application forms of Japanese Language can be downloaded from the Bureau’s website.Revised Notice: “Guidelines for Foreign Content Production Support Program Grant” were revised on August 16th 2022. Please check the attached new version if applying during Term 3 period or after.Japanese Language Forms: https://www.locationbox.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/fund/ ·Applications should be sent to the below address by either “Registered Mail” or “International Express Mail Service” (in person submissions will not be accepted).·(For “Location Scouting” only) Overseas groups are permitted to apply via email.Mail to: “Foreign Content Production Support Program”Tokyo Film Commission (Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau)Address: Nisshin Bldg. 2F, 3466 Yamabukicho, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, 1620801 JapanEmail: fundtfc@tcvb.or.jp

11.18.2022

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