The Philippine film community showcased great works at the 18th Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART), held on March 24-27, 2014 in Hong Kong.

Four Philippine representatives namely, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), Film ASEAN, ABS-CBN International Distribution and GMA Worldwide, Inc., were present in the 18th Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

As part of its promotions, FDCP, the government agency mandated to promote and support the Philippine film industry, is featuring the Philippines as an ideal location for filming.

According to GMA Worldwide, Inc.’s Assistant Vice President Ms. Jocelyn D. Co, Philippine television series or teleseryes are in-demand in the ASEAN region. GMA’s teleseryes are now shown in Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Viet Nam, as well as Canada and Hawaii, USA.

Filipina Actress Ruby Ruiz at the ABS-CBN booth
Ms. Pia Bacungan-Laurel of ABS-CBN International Distribution on the other hand noted that ABS-CBN’s teleseryes have all been sold-out to the ASEAN market and the company is now building its supply of teleseryes to offer to ASEAN countries.

FILMART is the largest film market in Asia with a record-high of over 770 exhibitors from 32 countries.
Brillante Ma Mendoza
The Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF), Asia’s premier project market where Asian filmmakers with upcoming film projects are linked with film financiers, distributors and buyers, is also featuring films by award-winning Filipino directors Brillante Mendoza (The Embroiderer and Gay Messiah) and Jun Robles Lana (Our Father).

FILMART and HAF are part of a series of events under the auspices of the 10th Entertainment Expo Hong Kong which includes the 38th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) and the Hong Kong Film Awards.

The 38th HKIFF celebrated a “Philippines Day” on March 30 with screenings of the movies Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel and On The Job for the benefit of the Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) victims. The festival also features six other Filipino films including Lino Brocka’s Maynila Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag (Manila In The Claws Of The Night).


The HAF Award for Hong Kong went to Angel Whispers by first-time directors Carrie Ng and Shirley Yung, to be produced by Carrie Ng, Shirley Yung, Chan Pang-chun and by Sundream Motion Pictures.

Taiwan's Private Eyes by director Chang Jung-chi took the HAF Award for a non-Hong Kong project. The detective drama is produced by Chen Hung-yuan and Pang Yee-wah, and by Double Edge Entertainment.

The HAF Script Development Fund, presented by Emperor Motion Pictures and the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society and valued at $12,820, went to Taiwan's The Solitary Pier.

The directorial debut of helmer Jack Shih, the drama about an old fisherman is produced by Dai Hsin-Ping and Red Alien Studio. China's Love is Speaking, by director Shu Haolun and producer Le Bei through Hours Film, took home the HAF/Fox Chinese Film Development Award, presented by Fox International Productions (Greater China).

The award gives out a cash prize of $12,820 and a development contract with Fox. The Wouter Barendrecht Award, presented by Wouter Barendrecht Film Foundation, Create Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Film Development Fund, was won by Afghanistan's Hip Hop Kabul, a feature-length documentary about the country's first female rapper.

A cash award of $6,410 was awarded to director Fazila Amira and producer Paul Lee. The film is produced by Kabuli Camera. The Network of Asian Fantastic Films Award, presented by Puchon International Film Festival, was given to India's Dead, End.

Director and producer Dev Benegal and producer Satish Kaushik were presented an In-Kind award of $2,700. (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

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