Film Project Pitching Workshop - New Waves, New Shores: Busan International Film Festival

Venue: Hong Kong Arts Centre 
Date: 2021.11.25 - 2022.01.16
Price: Free of charge 

From 25 November 2021 to 16 January 2022, the Hong Kong Arts Centre presents New Waves, New Shores: Busan International Film Festival. Following the success of the first edition, which focused on the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, this programme aims to introduce the importance of BIFF as one of the leading film festivals in Asia and how it assists budding filmmakers from Hong Kong and South Korea. The screenings comprise a Hong Kong showcase curated by Maggie Lee, Curator of New Waves, New Shores: Busan International Film Festival; Asia Chief Film Critic, Variety; Curator for Tokyo and Vancouver International Film Festivals, and a Korean showcase co-curated by Lee and Nam Dong-chul, Program Director, Busan International Film Festival. There are four thematic talks designed for those who aspire to pursue a career in film to learn about the industry’s inner-workings. Film distributors, sales, producers, festival curators, funding bodies and filmmakers will share their professional experiences and insights through in-depth conversations. The programme also consists of two workshops: Film Project Pitching Workshop and Screenwriting Workshop with Chung Seo-kyung, and Masterclass on Screen Adaptation: A Conversation Between Chung Seo-kyung and Fruit Chan.


To assist Hong Kong’s new film talents with their pitching skills, this workshop invites film professionals to advise on film proposals. Participants will meet their instructors in person or virtually to discuss their projects and attend “mock presentations”. Questions from participants will be answered by the professionals. This workshop aims at improving the participants’ pitching skills to boost their possibility of drawing investment and funding for their film projects. 


Dates & Times:
The organiser will arrange the exact dates and times with respective participants for three customised sessions.
The first and second sessions will last approximately 45 - 60 mins each; the third session will last approximately 3 - 5 hours.
First session: Between 9 - 13 December, 2021 (Thu - Mon)
Second session: Between 16 - 21 December, 2021 (Thu - Tue)
Third session: 9 January, 2022 (all participants must attend)
Venue: Hong Kong Arts Centre
Languages: Conducted in Cantonese and Mandarin
Patrick Huang (Founder of Flash Forward Entertainment, Film Producer)
Maggie Lee (Asia Chief Film Critic, Variety; curator for Tokyo and Vancouver International Film Festivals)
Teresa Kwong (Programme Director of Hong Kong Arts Centre; Film Producer)
Targets: Cinephiles and those who truly aspire to pursue a career in the film industry and are ready to pitch a film project, aged between 18 – 45, and with a permanent Hong Kong identity card. 


Instructors’ Bios

Patrick Huang (Founder of Flash Forward Entertainment, Film Producer)
Patrick Huang studied Creative Film Producing in Columbia University Graduate Film School. He founded production/distribution/sales company, Flash Forward Entertainment, in 2002. Being praised for his distinguished eyes to spot new talents, Huang’s films were selected by renowned film festivals worldwide and released globally. Huang specialises in international co-production between east and west. Huang is often invited to be the mentor in various international labs and project markets. 

Previous experience as a film instructor/jury/speaker:

  • CineMart - Project Mentor
  • TAICCA School run by Taiwan Creative Content Agency - Lecturer
  • Shanghai International Film Festival Project Market - Jury
  • Taipei Film Festival - Jury
  • Taipei Film Commission Story Competition - Jury
  • HAF/FOX Script Competition – Jury
  • TAICCA School x MPA Script to Screen Film Workshop and Pitching Session - Jury
  • Cannes Producers Network - Round Table Guest
  • EFM Producers Hub - Guest Speaker
  • Busan Asian Film School - Guest Speaker

Selected Filmography

  • Moneyboys (2021)
  • A First Farewell (2018)
  • Suburban Birds (2018)
  • An Impossibly Small Object (2018)
  • The Road to Mandalay (2016)
  • Eternal Summer (2006)

Maggie Lee (Asia Chief Film Critic, Variety; curator for Tokyo and Vancouver International Film Festivals)
Maggie Lee is the Chief Asia Film Critic for American film publication, Variety. Lee joined Variety in 2012 after serving as the Asia chief critic for the Hollywood Reporter (2007–2012). She is now programming consultant for Tokyo and Vancouver international film festivals. In 2010, she received an award from the Busan International Film Festival and Korean Film Press Association for her contribution to Korean cinema. 

Previous experience as a film instructor/jury/speaker:

  • HAF – Japan & Southeast Asia Project Consultant
  • Japan Foundation film course for ASEAN filmmakers & curators – Lecturer
  • Shanghai Film Festival Project Market - Project Workshop Coach
  • Hu Tianming Film Fund, China Film Foundation – Intensive Project Pitching Coach & Project Awards Jury, Jury & Mentor for the CFF's Cannes Producers’ Workshop Grant
  • SEAFIC (Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab, Thailand) – Jury & Mentor of Selected Projects
  • Southern Voices Film Lab(SoVo Lab, The Philippines) – Mentor
  • Japan Foundation – Audio-visual Consultant for; planned and lead Japanese delegation on research & networking trips to Southeast Asian countries
  • Member of Jury for many festivals and awards, eg. Golden Horse Awards, Taipei Film Awards, Bucheon Fantastic Film Festival (Korea), SkipCity D-cinema Film Festival (Japan)

Teresa Kwong (Programme Director of Hong Kong Arts Centre; Film Producer)
Teresa Kwong is the programme director of the Hong Kong Arts Centre. Her producing titles include Addicted to Love (dir. Liu Hao, 2010), Big Blue Lake and Flowing Stories (dir. Tsang Tsui-shan, 2011 and 2014), Dot 2 Dot and Napping Kid (dir. Amos Why, 2014 and 2018), and Suk Suk (dir. Ray Yeung, 2019), which was screened in the Panorama section of the Berlin International Film Festival 2020.

Previous experience as a film instructor/jury/speaker:

  • Director of ifva
  • Give presentations and curate programs about Hong Kong + Asian independent cinema for oversea festivals/ institutions in the United Kingdom, United States, Singapore, China and Poland, etc.
  • Singapore International Film Festival Southeast Asian Film Lab - International mentor
  • Master of Arts in Cultural Management, Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong - Film, Video and Media Arts Administration Part time lecturer
  • Rotterdam International Film Festival - NETPAC Award Jury
  • Busan International Film Festival - NETPAC Award Jury
  • Bucheon Fantastic Film Festival - Main Competition and NETPAC Award Jury
  • Kaohsiung International Film Festival - International Short Film Competition Jury


Participants MUST attend the talk on Industry Toolkit for Emerging Filmmakers and submit film proposals in Chinese to apply. Short and feature film proposals are both acceptable; genres include but not limited to fiction, documentary and animation.
Workshops are free of charge. A deposit of HK$600 is required for reservation. The deposit will be refunded ONLY to applicants who attend the corresponding workshops. The deposit will not be reimbursed if the applicants is absented from any arranged session.
Application deadline: 12/11/2021 (Fri)
Application form download:

Enquiry: 25820203

*The organiser will issue an acknowledgement email within three working days upon receipt of a workshop application.


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Click here to learn more about the overall programme of New Waves, New Shores: Busan International Film Festival

Ticket Prices:
Screenings $80 / $64*
Talks $50 / $40*
Masterclass $60 / $48* 
Package Discounts:
Package A - One ticket each for all Screenings, 4 Talks and Masterclass (service charge included) $1,430
Package B - One ticket each of DumplingsThirst and Masterclass $170
Package C - 20% off discount to each purchase of standard tickets of Comfort Women Trilogy


*20% off discount for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients. Tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis. Concessionary ticket holders must produce evidence of their identity or age upon admission.
*20% off for HKAC Individual members & HKAC BEE. Members must present a valid membership card upon admission.
*20% off for each purchase of 4 or more standard tickets.
*Only one discount offer could be applied to each ticket purchase.
*Free seating.
Tickets are available now on POPTICKET.
General programme enquiries: 25820282
Workshop enquiries: 25820203
Press enquiries: 25820248
Internet booking:
While it is the HKAC’s policy to secure the best possible screening versions of our presented films, the HKAC appreciates our patron’s understanding of the occasional less than perfect screening versions. Thank you for your kind consideration. 
Presented by: Hong Kong Arts Centre
Financially supported by: Film Development Fund, Create Hong Kong
Festival Partner: Busan International Film Festival
In Association with: Korean Film Council


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