The Hong Kong Film and Television market was held from 20-23 March 2006 at the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre. It was the second year the AFC had a presence at the market. In addition this year the AFC assisted three producers to attend as well as the filmmakers attached to the Australian project selected into HAF (the feature film financing forum that runs alongside Filmart).
The Australian delegation at Filmart was a mixture of post-production companies; Ausfilm; state agencies including the NSWFTO, Film Victoria, SAFC and PFTC; sales based companies including Arclight and Madman Entertainment; Melbourne International Film Festival Executive Director James Hewison; and Sydney Film Festival's representative Paul de Carvelho. Chris Oliver, FFC Investment Manager also attended for the first time in a number of years.
Through its travel grant program the AFC funded producers Jonathan Shteinman, Trish Lake and David Roe to attend the market, and also Clara Law and Eddie Fong with their project Apeiron to HAF.
With the Australia/China co-production treaty negotiations nearing completion and with more filmmakers developing projects suitable for the Asian marketplace, it is anticipated that Filmart's importance to Australia will increase and offer another international marketplace where filmmakers can meet potential financiers.
The advantage of having key sales companies such as Celluloid Dreams, Fortissimo Films, Wild Bunch, Beyond, Highpoint Films, Content Film International, Wide Management, HanWay Films as well as Asian sales companies, all converging to Hong Kong (a mere eight hours from Australia) offers an alternative to travelling to other European and North American based international markets.
For more information about Filmart please go to www.hkfilmart.com.