25 Feb 2010
Hong Kong Film Industry Back on Track: Jack So
Film Development Council Chief Notes Popularity of
Hong Kong Films and Co-productions with the Mainland
25 February 2010 – Hong Kong movies have staged an impressive recovery in the past few years, and the local industry is well-positioned to realise co-production opportunities on the Chinese mainland, according to Jack So, Chairman of the Hong Kong Film Development Council.
Mr So, who is also Chairman of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the organiser of the Hong Kong International Film and Television Market (FILMART), 22-25 March, said the number of Hong Kong movies being made is increasing, and that these movies are a hit with audiences on the Chinese mainland.
“The number of Hong Kong movies made starting in 2009 was 30 per cent more than the [Hong Kong] movies made in 2008,” said Mr So. He noted that 70 Hong Kong movies were made in 2009, that a further increase is expected in 2010 and that the mainland has become a growing market for Hong Kong movies and co-productions with overseas companies.
“China is now proving to be a fast-growing market for Chinese-language movies,” said Mr So, adding that Hong Kong movies, including co-productions, have become very popular in the Chinese market. “At least six or seven of the top 10 box office hits are Hong Kong movies or co-productions, so this really has given a tremendous boost to the industry in Hong Kong.”
Please go to www.youtube.com/HKTDC for the full interview with Mr So.
Entertainment Expo and FILMART
Entertainment Expo, 22 March to 18 April at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, brings together nine events, covering film, television, digital entertainment and music. This year’s Hong Kong Music Fair is organised by the IFPI (Hong Kong Group) Ltd and the HKTDC, and will take place 20-22 March. The event is open to the public on the first two days.
Entertainment Expo also includes FILMART, one of the world’s top three film market events in terms of exhibitor numbers. This year’s FILMART, 22-25 March, will feature more than 250 film screenings and 60 seminars and networking sessions. FILMART is organised by the HKTDC.
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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 on 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