The Japan stop of “Making Waves - Navigators of Hong Kong Cinema”, a touring programme presented by CreateHK to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), commenced on November 9 in Tokyo. In collaboration with Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) and Osaka Asian Film Festival, the five-day long film programme showcased eight new Hong Kong films and restored classics to the local audience.
To celebrate the occasion, Assistant Head of Create Hong Kong, Mr Gary Mak, Representative of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Tokyo) (Tokyo ETO), Miss Winsome AU, Vice Chair of Hong Kong Film Development Council (FDC) cum director Ms Mabel Cheung, member of FDC, film producer cum actor Mr Gordon Lam, Executive Director of HKIFFS, Mr Albert Lee as well as film directors Mr Tim Poon and Mr Sunny Yip, attended the opening reception. Mr Gordon Lam, who is the producer and screenwriter of the opening film “Time”, also participated in a post-screening sharing session with the audience.
The film programme also presented “Limbo”, “One Second Champion”, “Look Up”, “Sunshine of My Life”, “Table for Six” , “Detective VS. Sleuths” and “A Chinese Ghost Story” (restored). Besides Mr Gordon Lam, other talents such as film directors Mr Tim Poon, Mr Sunny Yip, Mr Chiu Sin Hang and actress Miss Lin Min Chen also attended the post-screening sharing session of their films.
Mr Gary Mak, as the Secretary-General of FDC, also met with representatives of the film organisations and filmmakers in Japan to introduce the new scheme under the Film Development Council “Hong Kong-Asian Film Collaboration Funding Scheme”. The scheme aims at subsidising film projects co-produced by filmmakers between Hong Kong and Asian countries.
The scheme will initially be launched in two phases with a maximum of eight films to be subsidised. Each eligible film project will receive a grant up to HK$9 million for production. Applicants may approach other investors in case the production budget will exceed the grant amount. Among the three main creative positions of producer, director and screenwriter in the production team, there must be at least one Hong Kong and one Asian country film practitioner.