Hong Kong kicks off film fest with China focus
Hong Kong’s independent film festival kicks off Friday with a line-up that reflects the ever-changing landscape of China’s booming cinema industry, on track to become the world’s second biggest box-office earner in five years.
“Mainland Chinese films are the focus of this year’s festival,” festival director Gary Mak told AFP.
“Right now every filmmaker wants to tap into the Chinese market. For Hong Kong filmmakers, China represents an amazing opportunity, as it’s a huge market, right in our back yard,” said director Derek Tsang, son of Hong Kong actor Eric Tsang.
The director said he can shoot independent films in Hong Kong — a former British colony returned to China in 1997 — while making bigger commercial films in mainland China.