HONG KONG FILMART 2013 - PREVIEW
YOU’D BE BONKERS NOT TO BE IN HONKERS …
Sydney & Los Angeles based film producer and sales agent Gary Hamilton of Arclight Films will be the most prominent Australian exhibitor at this year’s Filmart in Hong Kong, talking up deals on some $200 million worth of film projects in his development slate, many of them potential co-productions with Chinese partners. If you’re in the biz, you’d be bonkers not to be in Honkers, says Andrew L. Urban as he previews the event.
Among Hamilton’s projects in post production (under the company’s Easternlight label) is Badges of Fury, starring Jet Li & Wen Zhang, directed by Wang Zi Ming and produced by Po Chu Chui.
As an example of China’s growing importance to filmmakers, Hamilton cites Bait 3D which he produced and sold internationally. The film grossed US$40m (A$38.9m) worldwide with approximately US$28m (A$27.2m) coming from the Chinese box office. There are now more than 6,000 digital 3D theatres currently operating, or soon to be operating, in China.
An immersive dome cinema - using an 8 channel digital projection system
Among the anticipated highlights of Filmart this year is Hong Kong based Salon Media’s showcase (on Tuesday March 18) of a unique new dome projection system (from domeprojection.com) that promises to propel cinema audiences into the future, with its immersive entertainment capability. Salon Media is a major player in the Hong Kong film industry and its Chairman Fred Wang has long promoted the concept of foreign coproductions with China. He has agreed to a face to face interview at Filmart with Urban Cinefile. (Andrew L. Urban will be covering Filmart as a guest of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council; his report/s will be published in our March 28 edition.)
Last year, over 5,000 delegates attended Filmart, and this year there are again over 500 exhibitors from all over the world, across the whole range of the film industry. France, Italy, Japan, UK and Taiwan are all eager to promote themselves as great locations for filmmakers, using the opportunity to not only bend the ears of Hong Kong producers but those from the rest of the world. There is also a reception to be held ‘celebrating the US-HK partnership at Filmart’. No sign of the Aussies, though …
Amidst press conferences for new films launched at Filmart, the seminars will include sessions on digital movies and digital cinema, protecting screen content against theft, mobile entertainment and games (and the International Mobile Film Festival Awards), plus micro film as the future of media, among much more.
Filmart is one of the major events that make up Entertainment Expo Hong Kong, which also features the Hong Kong International Film Festival (March 17 – April 2), Asian Film Awards (March 18), and the Digital Visual Effects Summit (March 19).
Published March 14, 2013
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Badges of Fury – in post production
HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL FILM & TV MARKET
March 18 – 21, 2013