Create Hong Kong today (March 21) launched the 5th First Feature Film Initiative (FFFI) to continue to identify and nurture prospective film production talent through a competition focusing on screenplays and production proposals, with a view to promoting the sustainable development of Hong Kong's film industry.
A spokesman for the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau said, "Since its launch in 2013, the FFFI has identified 10 new directors in four rounds. The scheme has provided a favourable nurturing ground for the directors and their production teams and helped inject new blood into the local film industry. The Government hopes that the film trade will continue to support the scheme, helping more young people to shine in pursuit of their dreams in the movie industry."
As in the 4th FFFI, the 5th FFFI is divided into a Higher Education Institution Group and a Professional Group. There will be two prizes in the Higher Education Institution Group, while the Professional Group will offer one prize. The director of each participating team shall not have previously shot any commercial film of 80 minutes or above.
The Film Development Fund will provide funding for the winning teams to implement their film proposals and make their first commercial feature films. The level of grant for each winning team for the Higher Education Institution Group is $3.25 million and that for the Professional Group is $5.5 million.
The 5th FFFI is open for application from today to August 15. For details of the scheme, please visit the FFFI Facebook page (www.facebook.com/HKFFFI) or the website of the FFFI (www.createhk.gov.hk/fffi/en/).