24 March 2009
Gala Ceremony Opens Entertainment Expo Hong Kong
Actress Michelle Yeoh Presides over Asian Film Awards’ Judges
24 March 2009 – The opening ceremony for the fifth Entertainment Expo Hong Kong and the third Asian Film Awards was held yesterday evening at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Officiating guests included John Tsang, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Jack So, Chairman of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Tony Leung, Hong Kong Entertainment Ambassador.
"Covering nine multimedia events in four critical sectors - film, television, digital entertainment and music - Entertainment Expo has firmly cast Hong Kong as the entertainment capital of Asia," said Jack So, Chairman of the HKTDC.
"The China market has given a major boost to the Hong Kong entertainment industry, especially its films," he added. "Since CEPA [the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland] has removed the quota for Hong Kong films and co-production, our films have done very well in the mainland market, which is growing by leaps and bounds."
"Last year, the number of cinema screens grew by 1.5 screens a day on the mainland. Hong Kong-produced films and co-productions enjoy tremendous popularity. For the past three years, eight or nine of the 10 top box-office films in the mainland have been from Hong Kong."
(A transcript of Mr So's speech is available at the following link: http://info.hktdc.com/tdcnews/speech/090323_01.htm)
The third Asian Film Awards (AFA) presentation followed Entertainment Expo's opening ceremony. An international panel of judges, chaired by celebrated actress and producer Michelle Yeoh, made the AFA selections. For the full list of award winners, please visit the AFA website: http://www.asianfilmawards.org/2009/eng/media_detail.php?pid=6
Entertainment Expo's three founding events include the Hong Kong International Film and Television Market, or FILMART, the Hong Kong International Film Festival and the Hong Kong Film Awards Presentation Ceremony. The Expo also features six core events: the Asian Film Awards; the Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum; the Hong Kong Music Fair; the IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award 2008; the Digital Entertainment Leadership Forum 2009; and the Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards.
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About the HKTDC
Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 offices worldwide, including 11 in the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, www.hktdc.com