The Chairman of the Hong Kong Film Development Council (FDC), Dr Wilfred Wong, today (November 13) congratulated First Feature Film Initiative (FFFI)-winning films, namely "Hong Kong Family", as well as "A Light Never Goes Out" and "Lost Love", for being selected as the opening and closing films of the 19th Hong Kong Asian Film Festival, respectively. Dr Wong said, "Launched in 2013, the FFFI so far has incubated 26 new directors and brings quality films to audiences. The works of the three budding directors have been well received. I sincerely hope that they will have a bright career in the film industry, and I look forward to enjoying their coming works in cinema." "Hong Kong Family" was a winning film project in the Higher Education Institution Group of the 5th FFFI. It is directed by Eric Tsang Hing-weng, with a screenplay co-written by Yeung Leung-chuen and Tsang. The film stars Teresa Mo, Tse Kwan-ho, Edan Lui, Anson Lo, Hedwig Tam, Angela Yuen, Alice Fung, and more. The film was selected at the 27th Busan International Film Festival and had its world premiere at the Festival. It will have a gala premiere in Hong Kong on November 18 and will be officially released on November 24. "A Light Never Goes Out" was a winning film project in the Professional Group of the 5th FFFI. It is directed by Anastasia Tsang, with a screenplay co-written by Tsoi So-man and Tsang. The film stars Sylvia Chang, Simon Yam, Cecilia Choi, Henick Chou, and more. The film has attracted the attention of international film festivals before its commercial release. It was selected for the "Asian Future" competition section of the 35th Tokyo International Film Festival, being the only Hong Kong-produced film shortlisted for the competition section. In addition, the film was nominated for Best Actress and Best Visual Effects at the 59th Golden Horse Awards. The achievement of the film is encouraging. "Lost Love" was a winning film project in the Professional Group of the 6th FFFI. It is directed by Ka Sing-fung, with a screenplay co-written by Lo Kim-fei and Ka. The film stars Sammi Cheng, Alan Luk, Hedwig Tam, and more. FFFI is one of the Government’s initiatives to support the film industry. It takes the form of a competition in two groups, the Higher Education Institution Group and the Professional Group, with each group awarded a maximum of three prizes. The director of each participating team shall not have previously shot any commercial film of 80 minutes or above. The winning teams will receive funding from the Film Development Fund to implement their winning film projects and make their first commercial feature films. They are required to complete the whole film production and sales process, which involves planning, shooting, distribution, and more, and the teams will be provided ample opportunities to acquire knowledge in making a feature film along the way.
Ends/Sunday, November 13, 2022
Issued at HKT 11:00