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Film Development Fund supports Hong Kong new generation film directors

The following is issued on behalf of the Hong Kong Film Development Council:

     The local premiere of the film "The Killer Who Never Kills" will be held this evening (October 27). This is the 10th film financed by the Film Development Fund (FDF) to be screened in Hong Kong. The estimated production budget for the film was $12.05 million and the amount of government financing was $3.01 million.

     Co-directed by Mr Jimmy Wan and Mr Lee Feng-bor, and with Mr Eric Tsang as producer, "The Killer Who Never Kills" is adapted from the "Killer" series of novels written by the renowned Taiwanese popular novelist Mr Giddens Ko. Mr Wan is one the Hong Kong new generation film directors promoted under the "Hong Kong Film New Action" initiative of the Hong Kong Film Development Council (FDC). In addition to his work on "The Killer Who Never Kills", Mr Wan co-directed his earlier debut film "Lover's Discourse", which was also financed by the FDF.

     The Secretary General of the FDC, Mr Wellington Fung, will attend the premiere. He said, "Through the 'Hong Kong Film New Action' project, which serves as an exchange platform, we have provided the new generation directors with ample opportunities to seek co-operation. At the same time, we have financed films which hire local upcoming directors through the FDF. We aim to help nurture talent and promote the long-term development of the local film industry."

     Since its launch in 2007, the FDF scheme has approved 17 applications. Nine of these films have involved eight directors and four producers engaged in commercial productions for the first time. Nine local and 12 international awards have been won by six of the 17 FDF-financed films.

     In October 2007, the Government injected $300 million into the FDF and expanded its scope to partly finance small- to medium-budget film productions. The 17 applications approved so far have involved a total funding of about $50.71 million and an estimated production budget of over $170 million.

Ends/Thursday, October 27, 2011
Issued at HKT 15:03


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