The Scriptwriting Incubation Programme (SIP) under the Film Development Fund opened for applications in 2020. The SIP aimed at identifying and nurturing local screenwriting talents and helping incubate quality screenplays, thereby enhancing the quality of Hong Kong film productions. The SIP was being held in the form of a competition with multiple rounds. Funding support was be provided to the respective winners of the different phases. Ten best winning screenplays were announced in November 2022.
During the competition, the Secretariat of the Hong Kong Film Development Council (the Secretariat) invited Mr. Felix CHONG Man-keung (Hong Kong Film Award winning director and screenwriter) and Ms. Jojo HUI Yuet-chun (senior producer and screenwriter) to conduct a “Scriptwriting Skills Seminar”, and invited professional screenwriters Mr. CHAN Hing-ka, Mr. Anselm CHAN Mou-yin, Mr. CHAN Man-keung and Mr. Saville CHAN to provide “One-on-one Screenwriter Coaching Sessions” for the applicants. After the competition, the Secretariat held a sharing session, invited Ms. Debbie LAM Suk-yin (member of the Film Development Council) and Ms. Julia CHU Kar-yee (senior producer) to share the industry experience with the winners and to provide practical advice for the winners to pitch their winning screenplays to potential investors.
In addition, in order to increase the chances of the winning screenplays being made into films, the Secretariat invited Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild, Hong Kong Screenwriters' Guild, Hong Kong Performing Artistes Guild, Hong Kong Movie Production Executives Association, Hong Kong Theatres Association and Hong Kong Chamber of Films to nominate experienced filmmakers and senior personnel of film companies, and shared with them the winning screenplays and the contact information of the winners. We hope to encourage interested filmmakers to contact the winners to discuss cooperation and investment in film production. Up to now, several of the winning works are in contact with film companies, and are looking forward to being made into movies.