Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau first launched the First Feature Film Initiative (FFFI) on a pilot basis in March 2013 to identify new talents through a competition on screenplay and production proposals. FFFI is supported by the Film Development Council (FDC) and funding is made available from the Film Development Fund (FDF) for the winning new directors and their film production teams to make their first feature films1. In view of the effectiveness of the scheme in nurturing film production talents, CreateHK has turned it into a regular subsidy scheme to be opened for applications in March each year.
The aim of the FFFI is to support new directors and their film production teams to make their first feature films on a commercial basis in order to nurture talents for the film industry.
The 4th First Feature Film Initiative
- FFFI takes the form of a competition. The competition is divided into the Higher Education Institution Group (HEIG) and the Professional Group (PG). There will be two prizes for HEIG and one for PG. The winning teams of the HEIG and the PG will be awarded a maximum of $3.25 million and $5.5 million respectively from the FDF to make their first feature films.
- The winning teams are required to complete the whole film production and sales process, involving planning, shooting and distribution, and acquire in the process practical knowledge in planning and making a feature film.
- Each participating team is required to submit a screenplay and production proposal which shall include a brief on the selling points of the film, a full script, a detailed production plan, names of cast and crew members, production budget and marketing forecast.
Eligibility for Participation and Recommending Bodies
- Each participating team shall comprise at least a director, a producer and a scriptwriter. The director and the producer shall not be the same person.
- The director(s) of a participating team shall not have previously shot2 any commercial film3 with a running time of 80 minutes or longer and shall be a Hong Kong permanent resident aged 18 years or above. The producer must have participated in the production of at least two publicly exhibited films in Hong Kong in the capacity of an executive producer /producer / director /director of cinematography / art director (with at least one occasion as a producer) and shall be a Hong Kong permanent resident aged 18 or above.
- The director(s) of a participating team in the HEIG shall be a student or graduate of not more than ten years from film/TV production or similar disciplines of a local or overseas higher education institute or a professional school. A participating team shall be nominated by one of the higher education institutions listed below:
- The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
- Hong Kong Baptist University
- The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
- City University of Hong Kong
- The Open University of Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Lee Wai Lee)
- Hong Kong Design Institute
- The Savannah College of Art and Design (Hong Kong)
- The director(s) of a participating team in the PG shall be a member of the local film industry who possesses filmmaking or related experience; or who has previously won in local major short film competitions or a film industry member who has returned from overseas. A participating team shall be nominated by one of the following film associations/bodies:
- Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers and its member organisations
- Hong Kong Motion Picture Industry Association
- Movie Producers and Distributors Association of Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Chamber of Films
- The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society
- Ying E Chi
- Hong Kong Arts Centre
- Apart from the director and producer, there shall be at least one Hong Kong permanent resident in each of the following ten positions: scriptwriter, leading actor, leading actress, cinematography, action design, art direction, costume design, editing, music scoring/sound effect and visual effect.
1 A feature film is a fictional narrative. It must be a film or digital film suitable for release in commercial cinemas and is not shorter than 80 minutes in running time. Animation films are not covered by FFFI.
2 “Shall not have previously shot” means not having shot any commercial film as a director, co- director or executive director.
3 “Commercial film” means a fictional narrative that has been shown at commercial cinemas.
- Application Form (Higher Education Institution Group) (PDF Format)
- Application Form (Professional Group) (PDF Format)
- Scheme Summary and Application Guidelines (PDF Format)