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The First Feature Film Initiative is now open for application. Deadline is 6:00 pm 21 May 2021 (Friday).

Introduction

Create Hong Kong (“CreateHK”) of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau first launched the First Feature Film Initiative (“FFFI”) in March 2013 to identify new talents through a competition on screenplay and production proposals. FFFI is supported by the Hong Kong Film Development Council (“HKFDC”) 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.

Aim

FFFI provides Government funding to winning teams in the form of cash prizes. 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 7th First Feature Film Initiative

Main Features

  • FFFI takes the form of a competition. The competition is divided into: Higher Education Institution Group (“HEIG”) and Professional Group (“PG”), with each group being awarded a maximum of three prizes. The winning teams of the HEIG and the PG will be awarded a maximum of $5 million and $8 million respectively 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 practical knowledge in planning and making a feature film.
  • Each participating team is required to submit a screenplay and production proposal which shall contain: logline, synopsis, character description, treatment, full screenplay, detailed production plan (including schedule), names of cast and crew members (attaching letters/statements of intent from the main cast and main film crew members), production budget and marketing forecast. No substantial changes of the screenplay and production proposals after submission are allowed without approval.
  • Each team may only submit one application and participate in either of the competition under the HEIG or the PG.

 

Eligibility for Participation

HEIG & PG

  • Each participating team shall comprise at least a director, a producer and a screenwriter. The director and the producer shall not be the same person.
  • Each and every director (if more than one director) 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.
  • Each and every producer (if more than one producer) of a participating team shall be a Hong Kong permanent resident aged 18 years or above.
  • At least one of the screenwriters of a participating team shall be a Hong Kong permanent resident aged 18 years or above.
  • Apart from the director(s), producer(s) and screenwriter(s), there shall be at least one Hong Kong permanent resident in each of the following nine positions: leading actor, leading actress, cinematography, action design, art direction, costume design, editing, music scoring/sound effect and visual effect.

HEIG

  • 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.
  • The producer of a participating team must have participated in the production of at least two films publicly exhibited in Hong Kong4 in the past 20 years5 in the capacity of a presenter (出品人)/producer (監製) (not including executive producer (執行監製) and assistant producer (助理監製))/director/director of cinematography/art director (with at least one occasion as a producer) and must be a Hong Kong permanent resident aged 18 or above.
  • To ensure that a participating team possesses reasonable knowledge and skills in film production, a participating team shall be screened and nominated by one of the following local higher education institutions or institutions under the Vocational Training Council providing film/TV production or similar programmes.
    • The Hong Kong Academy for Performance 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 University of Hong Kong
    • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    • Chu Hai College of Higher Education

PG

  • The director(s) of a participating team in the PG must 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.
  • The producer(s) of a participating team must have participated in the production of at least two films publicly exhibited in Hong Kong4 in the past 20 years5 in the capacity of a presenter (出品人) or producer (監製) (not including executive producer (執行監製) and assistant producer (助理監製)) (with at least one occasion as a producer), and must be a Hong Kong permanent resident aged 18 or above.
  • For the PG, a producer can only take up the post of producer (including co- producer) of one participating team in the same competition. For the avoidance of doubt, a producer may still participate in this round of competition even if he or she is a producer or co-producer for other film projects which were awarded in previous rounds of the FFFI.
  • Quota system does not apply to PG. Participants of the PG may submit their applications to CreateHK direct.

1A 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 and documentaries are not considered as feature films under 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 publicly exhibited at commercial cinemas in or outside Hong Kong.
4“publicly exhibited in Hong Kong” means theatrically released in Hong Kong for at least five shows within 30 consecutive days in commercial cinemas on the member list of the Hong Kong Theatres Association.
5Refer to films publicly exhibited in Hong Kong between 22 May 2001 and 21 May 2021.

The First Feature Film Initiative is now open for application. Deadline is 6:00 pm 21 May 2021 (Friday).



Tips from Mr. John CHONG, assessment panel member of the Professional Group

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Tips from Mr. Felix CHONG, assessment panel member of the Higher Education Institution Group

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