Hong Kong Entertainment Newsletter (FILMART) - March 2015

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Hong Kong Entertainment Newsletter

The Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART) is launching the mobile web 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 mobile web.

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FILMART is just around the corner!

This one-stop marketplace for international film, TV, media and digital entertainment is Asia's largest entertainment market.

The 2015 edition will run from 23-26 March at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), welcoming over 780 exhibitors from more than 30 countries & regions. Do mark your diary for this annual event!

FILMART’s online visitor registration has closed on 18 March 2015. If you have not registered yet, you can kindly make onsite registration during fair period at FILMART’s Buyer Registration Counter. Thank you.

(Address: Hall 1 Concourse, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong)


The Rise of TV Streaming – Opportunities and Challenges

Being one of the most important highlights in FILMART, the TV World 2015 Opening Ceremony and International Forum will have renowned industry leaders sharing their insights on TV Programming and the synergy with New Media. This year, the forum will explore the rise of TV streaming.

With the endeavours of technology multipliers, TV streaming not only offers a brand new entertainment experience and wider choice to a worldwide audience, it also raises concern about the issue of content ownership.

Leading figures from the industry will share their insights and offer expert tips on how to leverage the rise of TV streaming to create spin-off opportunities and tackle the possible challenges.

Date: 24 March 2015 (Tuesday) Conference Regisration
Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Venue: The Stage, Hall 1, HKCEC
Organisers: Hong Kong Trade Development CouncilHong Kong Televisioners Association
Sponsor: CREATE HK


Find Your Opportunities in the Media Convergence Age

Media convergence not only brings opportunity for consumers to access media through many more channels, it also generates new opportunities for companies to explore and market fresh and unique business models.

Online media has great potential to address this vibrant shift in audience behavior, perhaps most notably in the entertainment industry – with online channels offering a platform for consuming content as well as distribution, advertising and offering multimedia experiences for viewers and filmmakers alike.

Leading experts will gather at this conference to explore ways that the film industry can capitalise on the latest trends and technology to create new business opportunities.

Date: 23 March 2015 (Monday) Conference Regisration
Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Venue: The Stage, Hall 1, HKCEC
Organiser: Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Supported by: Screen International

Making Asian Films in America

Do you want to make a film or TV show in America? Did you know that many American states offer substantial tax incentives for Asian projects shot in the USA? Or that America has the most experienced, professional, and diverse crew base in the world?

The Producers Guild of America (PGA), with over 6700 members, is an organization for producers in film, TV and digital media. Our producers span the top Hollywood Films, such as Transformers, Marvel’s Avengers, Star Wars and more, as well as Academy Award winning independent films such as The Grand Budapest Hotel, Blue Jasmine, and Silver Linings Playbook.

Come to this exclusive Filmart panel to learn from PGA producers and friends how to bring your project from Asia to America and create top quality entertainment for your audience!

Date: 24 March 2015 (Tuesday) Conference Regisration
Time: 14:30 – 16:00
Venue: Event Room, Hall 1, HKCEC
Organiser: Producers Guild of America
Supported by: Hong Kong Trade Development Council

The New Silk Road of Asia’s Film Industry: Challenges, Opportunities and Partnership

China’s “New Silk Road” initiative attempts to redefine the economy landscape of Asia in the 21st century. It certainly applies to Asia’s film industry.

With an annual box office of USD$472 million in 2014, China accounted for 80% of worldwide growth. At USD$56 million for the first day of the 2015 lunar new year, China’s film industry is embarking on a new era being watched by the whole world.

ASEAN, with a population of 600 million and strategically located as the first leg of the “New Silk Road”, will have its markets open up through its ASEAN Economy Community ( AEC ) initiative by end of 2015.

In the meantime, India’s “Bollywood”, Japan’s “J-pop” and Korea’s “K-pop” are already making significant inroads to international markets.

With all these unprecedented developments, Asia’s film industry now faces with both huge opportunities and challenges. How should the industry work together on contents, talent, distribution, production, funding and market opening? At this panel, leaders of Asia’s film industry will share their insights on the future of Asia’s film industry.

Date: 25 March 2015 (Wednesday) Conference Regisration
Time: 10:00 – 12:30
Venue: The Stage, Hall 1, HKCEC
Organiser: Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Supported by: China Daily

Digital Entertainment Summit

T for Transmedia: Immersive Storyworld and A New Way of Audience Engagement

The 5th Digital Entertainment Summit, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Association and City of moving images (CITIA), and sponsored by CreateHK of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, will be held during Entertainment Expo. Expert speakers will discuss the latest developments in Transmedia.

Transmedia is all about working across media boundaries; it’s a storytelling technique that uses TV, films, books, websites, apps – any established media platforms –, and even the real world, to develop various aspects of a single story. With its strong culture of public participation, it also projects the future of the entertainment business and serves as an innovative approach to storytelling and beyond.

Date: 25 March 2015 (Wednesday) Conference Regisration
Time: 14:00 – 16:30
Venue: The Stage, Hall 1, HKCEC
Organisers: Hong Kong Trade Development CouncilHong Kong Digital Entertainment Association
City of moving images (CITIA)
Sponsor: CREATE HK


Lighting Up Music Market in Asia with Surging Digital Platform

Co-organise with IFPI (HK Group), a business forum calling experts from Asia to share their experience and expertise in exploring the way forward for music industry. This business forum will explore the business opportunities among Asian countries/regions on the new development of music sector in relation with various new media and new product formats via presentations conducted by overseas and local industry professionals.

Date: 26 March 2015 (Thursday) Conference Regisration
Time: 11:00 – 12:30
Venue: Room S221, HKCEC
Organisers: Hong Kong Trade Development CouncilIFPI

For more events at FILMART in 2015:

Thematic Conference & Event Schedule Screening Schedule

Supporting Media:

Screen International The Hollywood Reporter HK Movie HK Movie

HAF Project Honors at Thailand’s Annual Film Awards

The HAF has been actively working with film talents through promoting their works and helping them connect with production partners. A wonderful news from 2011 HAF projects - Concrete Clouds (formerly called Past Love), garnered Best Supporting Actress (Apinya Sakuljaroensuk), Best Director (Lee Chatametikool) and Best Film Awards at the prestigious Subhanahongsa Awards, the Thai equivalent of the Academy Awards. HAF would like to express a BIG congratulation and invite you to share the joy. HAF is excited about the success and looks forward to seeing more projects to fruition!

Lee Chatametikool  Director of Concrete Clouds: Lee Chatametikool

HAF 2015 will be held in Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre during 23 - 25 March 2015. Selected from over 300 submissions from multiple countries and regions across Asia, this year’s projects feature a mix of strong up-and-coming young talents and renowned filmmaking veterans. Please find out the 30 selected project details from the HAF official website: www.haf.org.hk.

Interested industry players please visit HAF Buyer Registration counter at HKCEC during 23-25 March 2015 for registration. Accredited guests can arrange meetings with our filmmakers to discuss about possible collaboration and investment opportunities.

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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