Vietnamese flicks showcased at Hong Kong international film fest

A number of Vietnamese movies are being promoted at the 21st edition of the Hong Kong International Film and TV Market

Hong Kong film actor Louis Koo attends the Hong Kong International Film and TV Market in Hong Kong on March 13, 2017.

A number of Vietnamese movies are being screened at the 21st edition of the Hong Kong International Film and TV Market (FILMART), a four-day film and TV promotion event which kicked off on Monday.

Over 800 exhibitors from 35 countries and regions will showcase their work at FILMART 2017, according to a press release issued by organizers on the event’s opening day.

In addition to major film companies from Hong Kong and mainland China, overseas production companies from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, the European Union, Korea, Japan, Singapore, the Philippines, India, and Vietnam have been showcasing their work at the event.

Vietnam’s participants in FILMART 2017 include "Tấm Cám," "Chạy đi rồi tính," "Chân sút," "Hot boy nổi loạn 2," "Sài Gòn anh yêu em," and "Ba vợ cưới vợ ba.”

A picture taken at the Vietnamese booth at the Hong Kong International Film and TV Market in Hong Kong on March 13, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre

One of the most crowded booths belongs Hong Kong’s well-known TVB station which welcomed popular local talent Bobby Au-yeung, Bosco Wong Ruco Chan, Nancy Wu, and Kristal Tin to help promote the station’s various upcoming film releases.

This year’s FILMART will also put a heavy focus on the more than 100 documentaries being showcased alongside a seminar titled “Opportunity for Documentaries in Asia.”

Screenings of award-winning documentaries are also being held throughout the fest for participants to gain a deeper understanding of the genre.

In addition, more than 30 local digital entertainment companies are promoting their services, including those specializing in digital production and special effects, post production, mobile apps, smartphone games, and multimedia design, such as 360-degree photography and virtual reality (VR).

Apart from the exhibition film and TV productions and related services, FILMART also features a line-up of speakers, with leading industry representatives from the film, digital entertainment, animation, and other sectors invited to share their views and insights.

Featured speakers include Andrew Hevia, co-producer of "Moonlight," the latest Academy Award winner for Best Picture; Genki Kawamura, producer of "Your Name and Confessions"; and a representative from Baxe Fx, the special effects company behind "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Jurassic World."

The wide-ranging FILMART program also includes multiple networking events, thematic seminars, press conferences, and screenings, including 40 world and international premieres.

Within the framework of FILMART, the Entertainment Expo kicked off on Monday and will continue through April 25 at venues across Hong Kong.

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