Hong Kong Entertainment Newsletter (FILMART) - March 2013

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Hong Kong Entertainment Newsletter


The Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART) is launching the WAP portal for smartphones again! Through a user-friendly interface, exhibitors and trade visitors will be able to browse the latest information of FILMART on-the-go, including premiere, screening, press conference and cocktail reception schedules. Planning itineraries has never been easier! Do not forget to watch our screening trailers online as well!

Click here to experience the FILMART WAP portal.


FILMART is just around the corner! This one-stop marketplace for international film, TV, media and digital entertainment is now well acknowledged by the industry as one of the world's top three film markets.

The 2013 edition will run from 18 to 21 March at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), welcoming nearly 700 exhibitors from about 30 countries & regions and nearly 6,000 visitors. Do mark your diary for this annual event!

Various renowned international multipliers are returning with their pavilions, namely, those from Chinese Mainland, France, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, USA, Mexico, Israel and Vietnam. There are also new pavilions representing exhibitors from Canada and Italy in the forthcoming market!

As always, FILMART 2013 continues to receive support from Chinese mainland exhibitors as their gateway to international markets. This year, we have the continued support from exhibitors such as China Film Promotion International (CFPI), the China International TV Corporation (CITVC), the Television Production Committee of China Radio and Television Association, as well as the Hangzhou government.

FILMART’s online visitor registration will be closed on 13 March 2013. If you have not registered yet, you can kindly make onsite registration during fair period at FILMART’s Buyer Registration Counter (Address: Hall 1 Concourse, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong). Thank you.

There will also be over 70 special events including seminars, press conferences, cocktail receptions, premieres, night parties, making FILMART a great occasion for industry networking to create new business opportunities.


Being one of the most important highlights in FILMART, the Opening Ceremony & International Forum of TV World 2013 will have renowned industry leaders sharing their insights on TV Programming and the synergy with New Media. The forum will probe into the global trends and essential TV WORLD
elements for novel TV programming and new media application. It will look at what TV industry players can benefit from learning how to produce unique TV programmes to retain its mainstream position in the world of diversifying entertainment options.

Date: 19 March 2013 (Tuesday) Conference Regisration
Time: 14:30 - 17:00
Venue: Stage, Hall 1, HKCEC
Organisers: Hong Kong Televisioners AssociationHong Kong Trade Development Council
Sponsor: CREATE HK


The Selling and Branding of Chinese-language Films Internationally

Asian films are on the rise with Chinese-language films taking centre stage. The mainland Chinese film industry has grown exponentially over the past decade in terms of production, budgets and box office. Meanwhile, an increasing number of Chinese-language films are now being made in Singapore and Malaysia. How are Chinese-language films finding opportunities in a challenging international marketplace? What is the role of Hong Kong in branding and selling Chinese-language overseas?

Focusing on Chinese-language films, the discussion will touch on: international sales companies and strategies; content, genres and style; stars and branding; the growth of local film in former export territories; finance and the changing relationship between China and Hollywood.

Date: 18 March 2013 (Monday) Conference Regisration
Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Venue: Stage, Hall 1, HKCEC
Organisers: Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Supporting Organisation: Film Business Asia

Opportunities in Asia: Book-to-Screen Projects in Today’s Box
Office Hits

With book-to-movie adaptations becoming increasingly popular and taking up numerous places in today’s top box-office hits, this panel will examine the importance of film adaptation in the entertainment industry, focusing on the transformation of best-selling novels and comics into blockbusters for Asia, one of the fastest growing film markets.

Industry veterans are invited to share their invaluable experiences on successful book-to-screen projects and the business opportunities they bring to both film and publishing companies. If you wish to learn more on the trends, prospects, challenges and opportunities presented by film adaptations for the Asian market, this is not a conference to be missed!

Date: 19 March 2013 (Monday) Conference Regisration
Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Venue: Stage, Hall 1, HKCEC
Organisers: Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Supporting Organisations: Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF)Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF)

New Generation Digital Entertainment Summit
(Mobile Entertainment & Games: Now & Future)

Against the background of the rising and unleashed business opportunities of mobile entertainment and games, this Summit shall share about the successful cases in developing mobile gaming markets by renowned overseas and local industry players, and look into the latest developments, challenges and new opportunities presented by the global market.

Date: 20 March 2013 (Wecnesday) Conference Regisration
Time: 14:00 – 16:30
Venue: Stage, Hall 1, HKCEC
Organisers: Hong Kong Trade Development CouncilHong Kong Digital Entertainment Association

For more events at FILMART and HAF in 2013:

Thematic Conference & Event Schedule Screening Schedule

Supporting Media:

Screen International The Hollywood Reporter HK Movie

HAF – Focus on Hong Kong Talents

As the local film market has evolved in recent years, Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) is committed to promote local talents and strengthen the region’s world-renowned film industry. This year, HAF has selected 5 Hong Kong-based film projects that are excellent representation of Hong Kong’s new generation of filmmakers’ emerging and refreshing voices.

The five Hong Kong projects in 2013 HAF line-up are:
  • The Ceiling – by acclaimed independent filmmaker Philip YUNG, who won the 2011 HAF (Hong Kong) Award
  • King of Shrimp Roe Noodle – by comedy actor turned director LAM Tze-chung
  • When I Come to Me – by LAM Suk-ching whose short film, Acid, won the Short Film Competition Special Prize at the 36th HKIFF
  • Doomsday․Party – by director HO Hong. Industry veterans Teddy Robin KWAN and Roddy WONG will produce
  • Pseudo-Secular – by Rita HUI who won Best Director at the 2009 Singapore Asian Festival of First Films. Heiward MAK Hei-yan, writer of the box office hit Love in a Puff, will produce

Visit HAF’s Facebook Fan Page, weibo and Twitter to learn about these filmmakers who share their reaction when they first learned their projects being selected as HAF project finalists; what they hope to achieve at the Forum; their impression of the Hong Kong film industry; and their favourite and least favourite part of the filmmaking process. For details of this year’s 25 HAF projects and 2nd Annual HAF/Fox Chinese Film Development Award finalists, for example, synopsis, director’s statement and filmmaker’s biography, please visit www.haf.org.hk for more information.

Enjoy Great Movies, Enjoy Special Offers

Entertainment Expo will launch “Enjoy Great Movies, Enjoy Special Offers” again this year. Local cinemas and more than 400 merchant outlets will participate in the campaign, providing multiple offers to movie lovers. The promotion is supported by the Hong Kong Theatres Association Ltd and the Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants & Related Trades. Visit our website for more offer details: www.eexpohk.com.


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