BRING YOUR SHORT FILM TO LIFE!
• Pitch your short film project on the theme of “My Hometown”
• 16 successful applicants will spend five days in Macau (travel and accommodation provided)
- • Learn from professionals
- • Develop your skills
- • Network with veterans and peers
- • Eight filmmakers will receive HK$300,000 each to make their short film
Apply now! Deadline: Dec 31 2023
International Film Camp:
Date: April 9 to 13, 2024 (To facilitate travel, participants are required to arrive on Apr 8, and depart on Apr 14)
Venue: Integrated resorts operated by Sands China
Internation Film Camp Introduction
International Film Camp (IFC), a groundbreaking initiative aims to nurture and empower the next generation of Asian filmmakers. With patronages of Hong Kong Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau and Instituto Cultural of Macau, and sponsored by Create Hong Kong, Film Development Fund and Sands China Ltd., the IFC will provide a unique platform for emerging filmmakers to interact with industry professionals, gain valuable insights into the creative and commercial aspects of cinema, and receive production funding and distribution opportunities through the Asian Film Awards Academy.
Scheduled to take place from April 9 to 13, 2024, at the integrated resorts operated by Sands China, the IFC promises to be a transformative experience for aspiring filmmakers. Open to talented individuals aged 21 to 40 from Hong Kong, Macao, Greater China, and the wider Asian region, the camp will offer a comprehensive curriculum designed to enhance their skills and knowledge.
One of the key highlights of the IFC is the opportunity for participants to submit proposals for a short narrative fiction film centered around the theme of “My Hometown”. Applicants will be required to submit a treatment, director’s statement, and production plan, along with a five-minute sample reel of work or works directed by the applicant. A select group of around 30 candidates will be shortlisted for online interviews conducted by a distinguished panel of industry experts. Ultimately, 16 filmmakers will be chosen to attend the IFC.
During the Camp, film industry professionals will be appointed as mentors to share their valuable experiences with the participants. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to engage in panel discussions and masterclasses covering various aspects of the industry, such as directing, scriptwriting, editing, producing, funding, distribution, and more. This will provide valuable insights and knowledge to enhance their understanding of the film industry.
At the end of the camp, the 16 filmmakers will pitch their short film projects to a panel which will then award eight filmmakers a production grant of HK$300,000 (approx. US$38,000) each to make their short film. This panel will be chaired by the camp’s Chief Mentor, veteran film producer Terence Chang whose successful career has encompassed the Hong Kong, Hollywood and China film industries.
To promote the works of the emerging filmmakers and enable their projects to reach a wider audience. The Asian Film Awards Academy will curate feature-length anthologies of the short films produced during the IFC and, showcase them in its prestigious Asian Cinerama annual touring programme. Additionally, the Asian Film Awards Academy will be ready to assist filmmakers in submitting their individual short films to relevant film festivals, amplifying their reach and exposure within the industry.
Greeting Video from Chief Mentor – Terence Chang
Introduction Video from Roger Garcia
Endorsement Video from Filmmakers
DING Yuin Shan
TAN Chui Mui
YAU Nai Hoi
Amanda Nell EU
Executive Director, AFAA & IFCMore
TENG Lee Yein
Advisor, AFAA & IFCMore
Assistant Manager, AFAA ＆ IFCMore
Asian Film Awards Academy
The Asian Film Awards Academy was founded by Busan, Hong Kong and Tokyo International Film Festivals in 2013 with the shared goal of celebrating excellence in Asian cinema. Aiming to promote and recognize Asian films and its talents, AFAA highlights, strengthens and develops Asian film industry through the annual Asian Film Awards and several year-round initiatives.
The Asian Film Awards was inaugurated in 2007, where members of AFAA are drawn from its past nominees and winners. Members vote for the Asian Film Awards and participate in various AFAA activities involving film professionals and audiences in Asia and around the world.
Create Hong Kong
Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) as an office dedicated to promoting the development of creative industries in Hong Kong was set up in June 2009 and is put under the Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region from 1 July 2022 onwards. It provides one-stop services and better support to the industries. In driving the development of creative industries, CreateHK focuses on nurturing talents and facilitating start-ups; exploring markets; and promoting Hong Kong as Asia’s creative capital and fostering a creative atmosphere in the community. The office is responsible for the administration and management of funding schemes relating to creative industries, overseeing the infrastructure for promoting design, providing one-stop service for location filming in Hong Kong, for both local and overseas films, and is responsible for the regulatory control of special effects materials for film shooting and theatrical performances.
Film Development Fund
The Film Development Fund (FDF) was first set up by the Government in 1999 to support projects conducive to the long-term development of the film industry in Hong Kong. Since 2005, the Government has injected a total of $1.54 billion into FDF to support Hong Kong’s film industry along four strategic directions, namely nurturing talent, enhancing local production, expanding markets and building audience. In the past, FDF has supported a number of film productions and other film-related projects through various film production funding schemes and other film-related project schemes.
Sands China Ltd.
Sands China Ltd. (Sands China or the Company) is incorporated in the Cayman Islands with limited liability and is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (HKEx: 1928). Sands China is the largest operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The Company’s integrated resorts on the Cotai Strip comprise The Venetian® Macao, The Plaza® Macao, The Parisian Macao and The Londoner® Macao. The Company also owns and operates Sands® Macao on the Macao peninsula. The Company’s portfolio features a diversified mix of leisure and business attractions and transportation operations, including large meeting and convention facilities; a wide range of restaurants; shopping malls; world-class entertainment at the Cotai Arena, The Londoner Arena, The Venetian Theatre, The Parisian Theatre, the Londoner Theatre and the Sands Theatre; and a high-speed Cotai Water Jet ferry service between Hong Kong and Macao. The Company’s Cotai Strip portfolio has the goal of contributing to Macao’s transformation into a world centre of tourism and leisure. Sands China is a subsidiary of global resort developer Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS).
Asian Film Awards Academy Chairman SpeechSpeech of Dr. Wilfred Wong, Chairman, Asian Film Awards Academy
Press ConferenceThe Asian Film Awards Academy is proud to announce the launch of the International Film Camp (IFC)
Calling all interested applicants to join the 2024 International Film Camp, submit your applications for the following programme now!
REQUIREMENTS AND CONTENT OF THE IFC
16 participants of the IFC will attend a 5-day camp in Macau from April 9 to 13, 2024. To facilitate travel, participants are required to arrive on April 8, and depart on April 14.
By mid-March, participants are required to send English scripts of their short films to be shared with IFC mentors for discussion during the camp.
During the IFC, participants will attend one-on-one sessions with mentors to discuss on their short film projects; and workshops and masterclasses hosted by experienced filmmakers on the creative and business aspects of film industry. Participants are expected to gain knowledge and insights that help them re-write their scripts. By the end of the 5-day camp, all participants will pitch their projects to the jury who will then select 8 projects, each to be awarded with HKD300,000 fund to produce their short films.
Throughout the duration of the IFC, photographs and videos will be taken by AFAA’s official crew for publicity purposes.
Ownership of the written materials produced during the IFC will belong solely to the participant.
The short film projects selected for production funding must indicate the support of the International Film Camp (IFC), Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA), Sands China Ltd. (SCL), Create Hong Kong, and Film Development Fund (FDF) in any subsequent project materials. Logos of AFAA, SCL, Create Hong Kong, and FDF, should be included in
project materials and credits of the finished films, along with the caption ‘Supported by
the International Film Camp’.
• Applicant must be of the Asian nationality, origin or residence;
• Applicant must be between the age of 21 to 40;
• Applicant should not have made more than ONE feature-length film before;
• Applicant must have prior experience in making films, and demonstrate a talent and potential in film through short films and/or other video works;