Vietnamese director Nguyen Phuong Anh’s movie The Third Wife has won the Non-Hong Kong Project Award at the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF), Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
The movie is about the struggle of a young girl who is married to a much older man in an arranged marriage in late 19th-century rural Vietnam. The film also bagged the White Light Post-Production Award at the same event.
Hong Kong film Vampire Diary, which won in the Hong Kong project category, is a US$1 million comedy directed by Hong Kong’s scriptwriter-turned-director Anthony Yan and produced by veteran TV actor Ha Yu.
It tells the story of a school girl and her two little friends who go on an adventure to bring a beautiful 1,000-year-old female vampire back to her ancient home.
Two other Hong Kong-related projects also came out as winners. They are Paul Sze Pak-lam’s Hypnotise the Jury, a Hong Kong production that scooped the Network of Asian Fantastic Films Award, and Border Bride, a Hong Kong-China joint-production, directed by Wang Bing, which took the Fushan Documentary Award and also the G2D Post Production Award.
At the Gap Go Mua Thu 2015 (Autumn Meeting) forum for independent film producers in Da Nang, The Third Wife won the Best Art Film Project title. The forum was initiated by popular director Phan Dang Di, producer Tran Thi Bich Ngoc and playwright Nguyen Thi My Dung.
In the 14th edition of the project, HAF presented 31 film projects in search of finance and production partners. More than 350 submissions were received this year, which is a record number.