Chinese Travel Insider Publication Enhances Distribution Offering


Shanghai, China, February 24, 2017 / - Thirty years ago, foreigners were coming to China for travel and leisure. Now Chinese themselves are both the biggest domestic consumers of travel and also the fastest growing segment of outbound international travel.

With this enhanced exposure to Chinese tourism, China Hospitality News, the leading online Chinese-language travel publication for over a decade, is expanding its offering to readers with free email alerts and newsletters to keep travel insiders abreast of the latest critical business news emanating from China.

Maintaining a keen eye on the machinations of Chinese tourists and inbound foreign travelers is a herculean task, and China Hospitality News stays on top of the news. The National Tourism Administration of The People's Republic of China reports that Brazil's Tourism Ministry has authorized 316 travel agencies to receive Chinese tourists in 2017, and Beijing saw 285 million tourist arrivals across all transportation modes in 2016, according to the Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development. And just a few weeks ago, 51.99 million passengers traveled by train during the Spring Festival break, an increase of 8.8% from a year earlier, according to China Railway.

The new email newsletters and alert offering is located at and gives subscribers timely information to make important travel industry decisions. With an eye towards hospitality, hotels, airlines, MICE, and travel industry professionals, China Hospitality News is seeking to serve travel professionals on all platforms and with all data needs.

About China Hospitality News
China Hospitality News is owned and managed by Shanghai Boshiyuan Advertising Co., Ltd, which has a history of over 10 years serving the needs of domestic and foreign partners seeking to have exclusive online media and advertising exposure. More information at

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China Money Network举办高端中国教育投资圆桌会议


中国北京 2017年02月23日 / 随着科技快速改变现代教育面貌,不少中国投资者也在不断的投资受惠于这一变革的教育企业。2016年,中国教育行业累计VC/PE投资交易达167笔,累计交易规模为106亿元(10.5亿美元)。在融资总金额和案例数上均超过了美国的138笔和10.3亿美元投资总额。



为了解答这些问题,中国金融投资网(China Money Network)将主办中国教育投资圆桌会议2017,汇聚红衫资本,创新工厂,纪源资本,贝恩资本和霸菱亚洲等业界最顶尖的投资者,一起探讨中国教育行业投资机遇和分享实战经验。

“China Money Network的活动系列旨在将一个垂直市场里的早期和中期投资人与该行业的高管汇集一堂,对这个行业进行深入经验分享和潜在合作探讨,”  China Money Network主编和创始人Nina Xiang表示。“我们的嘉宾来自于中国教育行业里最顶尖的机构和最具经验的专家,是有意于教育行业创业,发展和投资的专业人士不可错过的高端活动。”


贝恩资本执行董事:Drew Chen







15:30-15:50: 来宾登记

15:50-15:55: 开幕致辞

15:55-16:40: 专题讨论

16:40-17:00: 问答环节

17:00-17:30: 轻饮/人际拓展












Wendy Wang

[email protected]


关于中国金融投资网(China Money Network):

中国金融投资网(China Money Network)是一家在线媒体平台,为全球数百万机构投资者提供关于中国投资和科技的最新资讯和独家见解。创立于2011年,中国金融投资网已由最初的单一投资播客节目发展成为涵盖资讯,数据库,电子杂志和线下活动等多项产品和服务的成熟媒体机构。中国金融投资网中英文双语平台每月浏览量超过千万,并且在社交平台上拥有大量粉丝和活跃的分享。我们致力于成为中国本土英文财经媒体的领军者。

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China Money Network To Host China Education Investment Roundtable 2017


Beijing, China, February 23, 2017 / - As technology reshapes the face of modern education, investors in China continue to back companies positioned to benefit from the coming evolution. A total of 167 venture and private equity investment deals worth an aggregate of RMB10.6 billion (US$1.5 billion) were recorded in the education sector in China last year, greater than the 138 deals and US$1.03 billion registered in the United States.

From 2014 to 2016, education start-ups and companies raised RMB27 billion (US$3.9 billion) from venture and private equity investors. K-12 education took the largest share, followed by professional training and foreign language education. STEAM (referring to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics), pre-school, senior education and others took up the remaining share.

Which of these sectors will prove most sustainable and result in the greatest profit for investors? What new, or yet uncovered opportunities will emerge in the fast-moving education sector?

To address these and other questions, China Money Network is proud to host the China Education Investment Roundtable 2017 in conjunction with the best investors in the sector from Bain Capital, Barings Private Equity, GGV Capital and Sequoia Capital.

"China Money Network's event series aims to bring together early and mid-stage investors in a single industry vertical and connect them with executives working in the industry to nurture business success," says Nina Xiang, founder and editor at China Money Network. "For the education event, the top investors in the industry will meet with top education executives to share ideas and insights on how to capitalize on the sector's coming changes."

China Education Investment Roundtable will be held on Tuesday, March 28 2017 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. The location is Level 16, EY Tower, Oriental Plaza, Beijing.

Only limited seats are open for public registration. Click here to sign up:



Bain Capital: Managing Director, Drew Chen

Drew Chen joined Bain Capital in 2005. He focuses on growth capital and buyouts in the technology, media and business services sectors. Previously, he worked at the China Investment Corporation and at Bain & Company in Boston.

Baring Private Equity Asia: Principal, Stone Shi

Stone Shi joined Baring Private Equity Asia in 2011. Prior to joining the firm, Shi was a vice president at strategic investment group of Deutsche Bank. Before Deutsche Bank, Shi worked in Daiwa SMBC (HK) and SHK Financial as a research analyst covering Hong Kong and China-listed companies.

GGV Capital: Managing Partner, Eric Xu

Eric Xu joined GGV Capital as managing partner in 2017, and was most recently managing director at SIG Investment Asia where he led investments in the consumer Internet and frontier tech sectors. Before SIG, he was an investment professional at CITIC Capital and TDF Capital. Before entering venture capital, he was an investment banker at CLSA and its joint venture in China

Sequoia Capital: Partner, Liu Xing

Liu Xing is a partner at Sequoia Capital China, joining the firm in 2007. He specializes on seed, early stage and growth stage companies in the consumer, outsourcing and Internet of Things sector. He previously worked in investment banking, technology, product development and consulting at Merrill Lynch, Xerox and GlobalSight.

Sinovation Ventures: Partner Christine Lang

Christine Lang joined Sinovation Ventures as partner in 2010. She has more than 10 years of investment and industry research experience in the Chinese TMT space. Prior to joining Sinovation Ventures, she acted as research director at Analysys International, a leading TMT research and consulting firm in China.



15:30-15:50: Guests check-in

15:50-15:55: Introduction and Welcome remarks

15:55-16:40: Panel discussion

16:40-17:00: Open Q&A

17:00-17:30: Light drinks & networking



– Where are the greatest investment opportunities in China's education industry?

– What's the best strategy for developing online education platforms, as well as connecting online to offline facilities?

– How to execute Internet+ strategy for traditional education organizations?

– What future industry trend and challenges will define the sector's growth?

– What technology will bring the greatest impact on how education will be reshaped in the future?


Register here:



For registration and sponsorship, please contact:

Wendy Wang

[email protected]



China Money Network is the go-to source of information and intelligence for millions of global investors looking to invest in the Greater China region. Started in 2011 as an investment podcast, it has evolved into a Hong Kong-headquartered independent professional media company offering compelling services to investment institutions worldwide with over 13 million page views monthly and growing rapidly.

China Money Network's services include real time coverage of China's venture capital, private equity and institutional investment industries; a top-rated audio/video podcast featuring prominent China-focused investment managers; an alternative investment managers database; offline events connecting top investors, a Chinese language platform, and other value-added services bridging global investors with China opportunities.

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Can you survive in one of the fastest moving data-driven markets in the world?


London, United Kingdom, February 22, 2017 / - The Asia region is home to some of the most developed and developing markets in the telco industry today. Hong Kong itself boasts some of the world’s fastest broadband speeds, and its broadband development is far above the regional average. But with the need to monetise speed, and the flood of new OTT players increasing competition for telcos, it’s become essential that operators adapt to survive in the future data-driven connected world.

Broadband Forum Asia has lined up an impressive panel of speakers, including Gary McLaren, CTO of the Hong Kong Broadband Network, Geng Lin, Head of Infrastructure Services at Google, Kamalini Ganguly from Ovum, and Tony Zameczkowski, VP of Business Development at Netflix, to bring the debate alive with key industry decision makers.

With over 500 visitors expected over two days to hear from 40+ influential industry speakers, Broadband Forum Asia will address the issues currently influencing future technology.

Hong Kong is the perfect case of a saturated market where broadband penetration is sky-high and pay TV competition is intensifying. With innovation now directed on expanding coverage of FTTx, enhancing network quality and launching competitive services, it is the perfect host city and backdrop for Broadband Forum Asia 2017.

For further media enquiries please contact: [email protected]

Broadband Forum Asia
Date: 11-12 April 2017
Venue: Crowne Plaza, Kowloon East, Hong Kong, China.

Broadband Forum Asia is an event run by Informa’s Knowledge & Networking Division, which operates as KNect365, and is the world’s leading facilitator of knowledge sharing and business connections. The KNect365 portfolio provides digital content, memorable face to face experiences, networking, and professional development and learning. Operating in key industry verticals, including finance, life sciences, and technology, we provide the highest-quality content and thought leadership alongside platforms for connecting and collaborating, giving our customers real advantage.

Source: Informa



中国北京 2017年02月22日 / 近日,Isentia慕亚荣幸促成了又一重要的行业合作。2月15日,中国国际公共关系协会(CIPRA)常务副会长兼秘书长赵大力会见了来访的国际传播测量与评估协会(AMEC)CEO巴里·莱格特先生(Barry Leggetter)一行,并与其签署了战略合作协议。Isentia的代表全程参与并见证了这一重要的时刻。

AMEC在全球86个国家拥有超过150名成员,是公共关系传播研究、测量与评估领域最大的行业机构,在国际上同公共关系学院(美国)、国际传播咨询协会(ICCO)等诸多公关协会保持着密切的合作关系。Isentia慕亚是AMEC的会员,CEO John Croll作为AMEC的理事之一更是一直致力于积极推广科学的传播测量与评估方法的研究及在行业中的应用。早在2012年,Isentia有幸邀请CIPRA赵会长代表中国公关界一同出席了在香港举办的AMEC首届亚太峰会,并发表了重要的讲话。Isentia亚洲区总裁刘毓慈(David Liu)表示:“能有机会将传播领域的两大权威机构邀请到一起,促成并见证了这一重要战略合作协议的签署我们感到非常的荣幸。”





关于 Isentia

Isentia慕亚是亚太地区领先的媒体情报公司,为超过5000多个客户提供7*24小时365天,全天候的信息、分析及咨询服务。慕亚有超过1300 名员工,在14个国家设有办公室,处理超过5500份平面媒体、广播电台、电视频道及处理每月超过2.5亿的在线对话及海量网络资讯。我们富有才华的团 队、创新的搜索科技、全面的媒体覆盖以及专业的研究和平台工具帮户客户高效管理媒体关系,跟踪及分析跨媒体平台的关键资讯以及发掘有助于明智抉择的深度分析洞察。业务覆盖全媒体监测、传播效果分析及洞察、社交营销分析、新闻稿发布及内容营销策略和实施。

Source: Isentia

Big Data & Analytics Innovation Summit is Returning to Hong Kong for Its 5th Edition


Hong Kong, February 10, 2017 / - The Big Data & Analytics Innovation Summit, hosted by Innovation Enterprise, is returning to Hong Kong on April 26 & 27, at the InterContinental Grand Stanford Hotel. The summit has been successfully hosted in Hong Kong for 4 consecutive years, attracted over 500 attendees. This year’s edition will gather together over 150 senior data executives across different industries to discuss strategies that leverage data in new ways for new outcomes.

Big data is a business practice that has only been in the public eye for a few years, but in many companies, it is not built to last for years. This is the opinion of Ritesh Sarda, CIO at Sun Life Financial 'The sheer volume, velocity, and variety of data has evolved exponentially over time and it is simply not sustainable to institutionalize a data model which is built to last for years.’

At the summit, Ritesh will be discussing 'Client Focused Digital Assets Powered by Data Analytics.’ One of the keys to his presentation is that anything created today, will not be relevant in only a few years and only through looking at future technologies can companies prepare.

The is something that Ritesh is acutely aware of, particularly in the context of improving client experiences. 'Developing the capability to interact with clients in a way that anticipates their needs takes some time to achieve. Robotics and artificial intelligence is a game changer and requires even more complex data transformations with natural language algorithms and machine learning capability.’

Broader topics to be covered at the summit include:

– Visualising Big Data in Financial Markets – Executive Director, Morgan Stanley

– Achieving Operational Excellence through Data Analytics – COO, Lazada

– The Big Data Road-Map for Airlines, Head of BICC – Cathay Pacific

– Smart Life Insurance Products Using Big Data & Analytics – AVP, Digital Engineering, Manulife & many more

The summit will be co-located with the Digital Marketing & Strategy Innovation Summit and the CFO Rising Summit, where attendees can build partnerships and extend their networks across functions.

For more details on the summit, please contact Ryan Yuan at [email protected] ;  for press passes, please contact Rui Wang at [email protected]

About Innovation Enterprise
Innovation Enterprise Ltd, a division of Argyle Executive Forum, is a business-to-business media brand specializing in delivering the most innovative business solutions to executive-level decision makers. Innovation Enterprise produces a range on online and offline content, including, but not limited to, summits, online learning, webinars, and white papers, as well as offering other additional services such as lead generation and bespoke research.

Innovation Enterprise focuses on seven key channels – Finance, Supply Chain, Analytics, Big Data, Strategy, Digital, Innovation & Sports – to ensure that organizations are furnished with all the cutting-edge insights necessary to driving growth in the evolving business environment.

Source: Innovation Enterprise Ltd



香港 2017年02月07日 / 第十五届香港亚洲电影投资会﹙HAF﹚将于2017年 3 月 13至 15日盛大举行,大会今日公布来自 14个国家及地区共25项入选电影计划,包括澳大利亞、孟加拉国、加拿大、中国、捷克、德国、香港、印度、以色列、日本、马来西亚、菲律宾、新加坡及台湾。本年度合共收到逾350份电影计划申请。除网罗多位新晋导演拍摄首部剧情片外,女性导演新势力亦不容忽视。



五项香港电影计划入选   大放异彩


2013年凭《英雄联盟》入围「HAF/FOX 华语电影开创大奖」最后五强的陈家乐,透过新作《神女》向三十年代的同名经典中国电影致敬,并对香港公营教育体系、内地新移民的生活境况以及母女之间的矛盾作出深入探讨。去年以悬疑电影计划《催眠裁决》入围的黎兆钧及施柏林,今年卷土再来,携手执导《忘记你,还是爱你?》,讲述一对面临婚姻危机的夫妇,因丈夫被诊断罹患绝症而令关系出现转机。


女性导演计划   闪烁瞩目

今年入围的25项HAF电影计划中,接近一半由女性导演执导,包括由日本纪录片导演三宅响子创作的首部剧情片计划《Femme Fatale》,展现两位女主角生命平行交织碰撞的黑色喜剧故事。而首部来自孟加拉国的入围电影计划《Made in Bangladesh》则由Rubaiyat HOSSAIN执导,集中关注制衣工人等社会低下阶层的权益。

其他入围计划包括:《胜利的五十块》(台湾,陈怡蓉)︰一对素昧平生的老人与小孩于命运牵引下奇迹相遇,幻变成动人的光影故事。印度出生、加拿大及新加坡长大的Honey B SINGH的《I AM A BANANA!》是一部关于中西文化交汇的浪漫喜剧。中国导演德格娜的第二部电影计划《生生不息》讲述两个不同世代的蒙古女人,生命于时代与历史中交错相遇。她的首部剧情片《告别》曾经入围第13届HAF,并获得2015东京国际电影节「国际交流基金亚洲中心特别奖」,备受好评。

另外两项入围纪录片计划,包括中国导演英未未的《娜仁的草原》,探索内蒙古正面对的环境挑战;及以色列与德国联合制作的《Leftover Women》,由Shosh SHLAM及Hilla MEDALIA携手执导。


今届多部入选电影计划均触及家庭题材︰中国导演马楠的《万事幸福》讲述地位显赫的中国式大家庭,因爷爷突然宣布离婚,整个家庭陷入危机,每人不得不重新寻找爱情与幸福的真正定义。印度导演Shashwati TALUKDAR的《The New Wife》将一位居于喜马拉亚的年轻新娘,无意中发现家族秘密的歌德式惊栗故事搬上银幕。日本导演中野量太的第三部剧情片计划《浅田家》,是灵感源自著名摄影师浅田政志的幽默喜剧。澳大利亞的Grant SCICLUNA则以新作《Chantou》阐述一对同志恋人发现他们领养的柬埔寨女儿竟是人口贩运的受害者。

其他作品包括捷克首部以独立身分入围的电影计划《Restore Point》,由Robert HLOZ执导,牵涉一宗2038年发生的谋杀案件,属较罕见的科幻悬疑作品。受日本奈良国际电影节邀请,Ida PANAHANDEH将於奈良拍摄《NARAtive Film 2017-2018 (计划名称待定) 》。该计划将继续由日本导演河濑直美监制,并改编自一部莎剧作品。

《三千片雪》荣获「HAF/FOX 电影项目大奖」

HAF继续与福斯国际制作及福斯传媒集团合作,颁发「HAF/FOX 电影项目大奖」,以鼓励优质华语电影发展。奖项于 2012 年设立,旨在培育具备潜力的华语电影项目,助他们发展成为大中华区内的商业电影。大会率先公布今年奖项将颁予内地新晋导演李聃鹂执导的悬疑谋杀电影《三千片雪》。得奖者将获得10,000美元(约港币78,000元)的现金奖,以及福斯的「剧本开发协议」一份。




mm2全亚主席Melvin ANG先生表示︰「mm2致力于多个华语地区发掘优质故事题材,制作成商业与艺术原素兼备的优质电影。HAF是亚洲区内极具领导地位的电影融资平台,我们期望透过双方合作,携手支持亚洲电影制作的先驱。」

为加强支持华语区内年青新晋导演发展,HAF非常荣幸连续三年获得中文视频网站爱奇艺赞助,颁发总值约港币100,000元(约12,900美元)的现金奖予一部具有商业价值之中文长片电影计划。其他赞助商包括富川国际奇幻电影节、中国电影基金会—吴天明青年电影专项基金、G2D Co. Ltd.、Paris Coproduction Village、White Light Studio及博伟达电影基金会等。

WIP Lab最后入围名单即将公布

今届HAF更首度推出全新WIP Lab计划﹙Work in Progress Laboratory﹚,将融资的服务平台进一步延伸至后期制作、发行及推广至海外电影节的层面,让已经或接近完成拍摄的电影项目,在限时的会面及洽谈平台上,寻找无限的合作商机。被选中计划的导演及制片人,将可于会上阐述其电影内容。大会同时亦会安排对该项目感兴趣的各方,与导演及制作人作更深入会谈。最后入围的电影计划将于下月公布。

HAF 媒体及嘉宾登记

第十五届香港亚洲电影投资会诚邀各地媒体参与是次盛会,业内媒体可于2017年1月23 日至3月5日期间登入进行登记。获成功批核的媒体除获邀参与HAF外,亦可出席大会官方社交活动、放映会、研讨会或其他精采活动﹙凭请柬出席之活动除外﹚。


第十五届HAF入选电影计划及「HAF/FOX 电影项目大奖」名单请参阅附件一。有关香港亚洲电影投资会的更多详情,请浏览网站及HAF Facebook 专页




HAF致力与国际伙伴携手合作,为电影人发掘更多元的机会。主要伙伴包括爱奇艺(中国)、福斯国际制作(大中华)(美国)、Cinemart(荷兰)、Asian Project Market(南韩)、金马创投会议(台湾)及New Cinema Network(意大利)等。在创意香港、电影发展基金等机构的资助下,投资会设立现金及非现金奖项,总值约十五万美元。




香港国际电影节协会是一个非牟利及非官方的慈善团体,致力发扬电影文化,推广光影艺术。为发展香港及亚洲的电影文化,协会于每年三、四月期间均举办二项旗舰活动,包括《香港国际电影节(HKIFF)》及《香港亚洲电影投资会(HAF)》。另外协会于2013年4月创办《电影节发烧友(HKIFF Cine Fan)》,推出为香港观众带来主流电影以外的精选佳作。





福斯传媒集团(FOX Networks Group,简称FNG)是国际知名媒体集团「21世纪福斯21st Century FOX」旗下之国际多媒体频道,播出地区包括拉丁美洲、欧洲、亚洲和非洲。FNG开发、制作及播出的节目内容包括娱乐、运动、纪实和电影,在全球超过300个电视频道以45种语言放送,这些电视频道及其他包括手机、非线性及高画质等节目服务,在全球已拥有超过17亿收视户。此外FNG为其线性及数码平台采购、开发、制作及联合制作的剧本及非剧本节目,包括荣获金球奖提名的大热电视剧集阴尸路、双城追凶及达文西恶魔。

FNG在亚太及中东地区的线性和非线性平台拥有超过30个不同类型频道品牌,包括FOX Sports、FOX福斯、国家地理频道及卫视电影台。作为区内收费电视的领导者,FNG已为亚太区和中东地区超过5亿8千万户提供精彩节目,于香港、中国大陆、台湾、日本、韩国、新加坡、马来西亚、印度尼西亚、菲律宾、泰国、越南、印度、澳洲以及阿拉伯联合酋长国均设有辨事处。

Source: Hong Kong International Film Festival Society

The 15th Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum Project Announcement


Hong Kong, February 7, 2017 / - The 15th Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) today unveiled its lineup of 25 outstanding film projects to be presented from 13 to 15 March 2017. The projects were selected out of over 350 submissions from 14 different countries and regions, including Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan.

This year's selections include projects by young directors developing their first feature films, with an unprecedented increase in the number of women filmmakers. Most of the films are family-driven projects that touch on contemporary social issues, while others explore topics such as non-traditional families, marriages in upheaval, and the complexities of parent-child relationships. Shortlisted projects this year also include two genres not usually seen at HAF: science fiction and gothic thriller.

As one of the most recognized film-financing platforms in Asia, HAF continues its role in connecting filmmakers and their upcoming film projects with internationally prominent film financiers, producers, bankers, distributors, buyers, and funders for potential co-production ventures.

Five Hong Kong Projects to Be Presented

This year, the shortlisted projects include five from Hong Kong: veteran filmmaker Derek CHIU Sung-kee's No.1 Chung Ying Street, a drama that examines the 1967 riots in Hong Kong; Sunny CHAN's Man on the Dragon, a comedy-drama about five middle-age men who compete in a dragon boat championship to regain the braveness and passion of lives; Impossible Split, from TOM Chung-sing, which tells the inspiring story of bowling athlete WU Siu-hong, who achieved world championship status despite being haunted by a fatal disease. The film is produced by award-winning director Adam WONG, whose films The Way We Dance and She Remembers, He Forgets both received critical acclaim, and whose project Trains in the Night was presented at last year's HAF.

The Goddess, from Sobel CHAN Ka-lok, pays homage to classic 1930s Chinese films and focuses on the issues of Hong Kong's public-education system, the lives of Mainland immigrants and conflicts between mother and daughter. CHAN's League of HK Movie Heroes was selected as one of the five finalists of the HAF/FOX Chinese Film Development Award at the 11th HAF in 2013. Completing the lineup of Hong Kong projects is Forget You, Still Love You?, about a couple whose troubled marriage finds focus again after a husband is diagnosed with a devastating illness, from co-directors Kenneth LAI Siu-Kwan and Paul SZE Pak-Lam, both of whom participated in last year's HAF with the thriller Hypnotize the Jury.

Speaking on behalf of HAF, Mr. Jacob WONG, Curator of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society and Director of the HAF commented, "We are thrilled to receive HAF submissions worldwide with extremely high quality, offering distinct perspectives on a diversity of vibrant topics. The review process is, as expected, arduous yet exhilirating, and we are very proud of the dedication and persistence of our creative film talents."

Women Directors Shining at the 15th HAF

Nearly half of the 25 selections consist of projects from female directors, including Femme Fatale, a dark comedy about two women whose parallel lives touch and collide, the first feature from Japanese documentary filmmaker MIYAKE Kyoko; and Made in Bangladesh, the first-ever HAF project from Bangladesh, about garment workers' rights, from Rubaiyat HOSSAIN.

Other projects include Pawns With No Return, a touching story about fate bringing together an old man and a young boy, from CHEN Yi-Jung of Taiwan; I AM A BANANA!, an East-meets-West cross-cultural romantic comedy, from Honey B SINGH; and Rainbow Mountain, the second feature from Degena Yun of China, a drama about two Mongolian women from different generations whose lives cross paths throughout time and history. Degena's critically acclaimed first feature, A Simple Goodbye, was presented at the 13th HAF and awarded The Spirit of Asia Award in Tokyo International Film Festival 2015.

Two more documentaries from women directors include The Grassland of Narangerel, which examines environmental challenges in Inner Mongolia, from YING Weiwei of China; and the Israeli-German co-production Leftover Women, from co-directors Shosh SHLAM and Hilla MEDALIA.

Exploring Family Dynamics and Science Fiction Genres

Family dynamics come into focus for several projects this year, including Ten Thousand Happiness from Chinese director Johnny MA, in which the sudden divorce of grandfather from an elite family in China sets off a chain of reaction, forcing each member to evaluate their own relationships with love and happiness; Indian filmmaker Shashwati TALUKDAR's The New Wife, a Himalayan gothic thriller tale about a young bride's discovery of the secrets harboured by her respectable new family.

The Asadas, the third feature from NAKANO Ryota of Japan, a drama with humor based on an original story inspired by the photographer Masashi Asada; and Chantou, Australian director Grant SCICLUNA's gay-family drama about a couple who discover that their adopted Cambodian daughter is a victim of human trafficking.

Other projects include Restore Point from Robert HLOZ, a science-fiction murder mystery set in the future. It is the first sole Czech-Republic project feature to be presented at HAF. Also, an as-yet-untitled project commissioned by the Nara International Film Festival in Japan from director Ida PANAHANDEH and Japanese producer KAWASE Naomi, will be a free modern adaptation of a work by Shakespeare.

The HAF/FOX Project Award Presented to Drifting Lives

Sharing the same vision to encourage quality Chinese-language projects, HAF is pleased to continue its collaboration with FOX International Productions (FIP) and FOX Networks Group (FNG) Asia to present the “HAF/FOX Project Award” to suspense murder-mystery. Drifting Lives, from first-time director Danlly LI of China. The project will receive a cash award of US$10,000 (approx. HK$78,000) and a Development Contract with FOX. The award has established since 2012 to develop Chinese feature films with regional appeal, through providing support and nurture for promising scripts.

Ms. Cora YIM, SVP, Head of Chinese Entertainment and Territory Head of Hong Kong, FOX Networks Group Asia said, “With the support of HAF, we have the privilege to work with up-and-coming creative talent and being introduced to a new generation of emerging talent. We are absolutely thrilled to identify the potential cinematic storytellers who offer unique perspectives of Chinese-language cinema.” As one of the judges, Ms. Xian LI, Director of Production, Creative Development and Global Production of FOX International Productions also said that Asian cinema, especially Chinese-language cinema is one of the most significant markets for FOX. "We look forward to working with more talented filmmakers in this region to create exciting high-quality films."

Extending Awards and New Partnerships

The 15th HAF will present a total of ten awards, amounting to HK$1,372,000 (approx. US$176,700) in cash and value in-kind. HAF is also proud to announce our new sponsor, mm2 Asia Limited to present an award to encourage and support Chinese-language film projects with a cash prize of HK$100,000 (approx. US$12,900).

“mm2 excavates stories in various Chinese speaking territories, turns them into movies with both artistic and commercial sense,” Mr. Melvin ANG, Chairman of mm2 Asia Limited said. “Through collaborating with HAF, the leading film platform in Asia, we are able to meet and support new pioneers in the Asian film industry.”

HAF is also delighted to extend collaboration with iQIYI for the third year with an award to encourage and support young film talents from Chinese-speaking territories. One cash award of HK$100,000 (approx. US$12,900) will be presented to an outstanding Chinese-language feature film project with commercial qualities. Other award sponsors include Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, China Film Foundation — Wutianming Fund For Young Talents, G2D Co. Ltd., Paris Coproduction Village, White Light Studio and Wouter Barendrecht Film Foundation.

Work in Progress Laboratory

In addition, HAF creates the “Work in Progress Laboratory” as a significant new initiative to help directors and producers securing post-production funds through meetings with distribution agents and film festival programmers. Representatives from shortlisted projects will be invited to present their work at HAF. The WIP Lab will assist interested industry professionals to set up individual meetings with them to obtain further collaboration details. The shortlisted projects will be announced later in February.

Media and Guest Accreditation for HAF

Journalists worldwide are cordially invited to join this premier film financing platform in Asia. Media accreditation will be opened for online application at from 23 January 2017 to 5 March 2017. Successful applicants will be given access to HAF, in addition to joining our official networking events, screenings, seminars or other special activities.

Film financiers, investors and participants can register and schedule appointments with filmmakers of the shortlisted projects at before 5 March 2017.

A complete list of the selected projects for the 15th HAF and HAF/FOX Project Award can be found in Appendix 1. For more information about HAF, please visit the official website at and HAF Facebook page at


About The Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF)

The Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) is widely recognized as an established film financing platform in Asia. The HAF brings Asian filmmakers with upcoming film projects to Hong Kong for co-production ventures with top film financiers, producers, bankers, distributors and buyers. Attracting more than 1,000 filmmakers and financiers from at least 35 countries and regions, around 25 to 30 projects are selected annually to participate in the three-day event.

HAF has partnered with international organisations to provide a range of opportunities to participants. Previous partners include iQIYI (China), Fox International Productions (Greater China) (US), Cinemart (the Netherlands), Asian Project Market (South Korea), Golden Horse Film Project Promotion (Taiwan), New Cinema Network (Italy) and others. Cash and in-kind awards to the value of around US$150,000 are made with support from Create Hong Kong and Film Development Fund among others.

Past participants include China's JIA Jiangke, JIANG Wen, LU Chuan and NING Hao; Hong Kong's Peter CHAN, Stanley KWAN, Ann HUI, Fruit CHAN and PANG Ho-cheung; Taiwan's TSAI Ming-Liang, WEI Te-Sheng, CHUNG Mong-Hong and Leon DAI; Japan's KORE-EDA Hirokazu, KUROSAWA Kiyoshi, KAWASE Naomi and IWAI Shunji; South Korea's PARK Chan-wook, KIM Jee-woon, BONG Joon-ho and IM Sang-soo; as well as Thailand's Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL, Ekachai UEKRONGTHAM, Nonzee NIMIBUTR and Pen-ek RATANARUANG.

About The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited (HKIFFS)

Uniting the World through Film

The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) is a charitable, non-profit and non-governmental organisation dedicated to the discovery and promotion of creativity in the art and culture of film.

Committed to the development of a vibrant film culture in Hong Kong and Asia, the Society organises two annual flagship events in March and April: “Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF)” and “Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF).”  “HKIFF Cine Fan”, a monthly screening programme features a variety of curated contemporary, retrospective and thematic showcases was also launched in April 2013.

Through its year-round programmes, the mission of the Society is to strengthen global appreciation of Asian and Chinese film culture and to promote inspiring films from around the world, enriching the cultural life of Hong Kong. Passionately believing in the power of films to unite cultures and generations, the HKIFFS is devoted to giving thousands of film lovers around the region direct access to the world's most inspired films all year round.

About FOX International Productions

Fox International Productions (FIP) builds upon 20th Century Fox's industry-leading international motion picture activities and upon parent company 21st Century Fox's unparalleled global media reach by aligning all the company's international film productions under one banner. FIP also complements Fox's worldwide film releases with films sourced through partnerships with international producers, filmmakers, financiers, and strategic production & distribution agreements.

About FOX Networks Group

FOX Networks Group (FNG) is 21st Century FOX's international multi-media business. We develop, produce and distribute 300+ wholly- and majority-owned entertainment, sports, factual and movie channels in 45 languages across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. FNG's core channel brands include FOX, FOX Sports, FOX Life, FOX+ and National Geographic Channel. FNG's movie channels include FOX Movies, FOX Movies Premium and SCM (formerly Star Chinese Movies). Our non-linear brands include FOX Play, FOX Play+ and Nat Geo Play. These networks and their related mobile, non-linear and high- definition extensions, reach over 1.825 billion cumulative households worldwide. In addition, FNG owns and operates two production studios and produces thousands of local programming hours for its wholly owned channels and third parties.

Source: Hong Kong International Film Festival Society