Local designers launch collections at New York Fashion Week
Feb 14, 2019

14 February 2019 – The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) took three Hong Kong fashion labels to launch their Fall/Winter 2019 collections at New York Fashion Week on 8 Feb. The Fashion Hong Kong runway show was attended by a packed audience, attracting more than 500 buyers, media representatives and fashion experts. The event was also streamed live, allowing fashionistas around the world to catch the show online.

Fashionistas turn out in force for Fashion Hong Kong

The three Hong Kong labels featured at this year’s Fashion Hong Kong runway show were ANVEGLOSA, established by Annette Chan; HEAVEN PLEASE+, formed by the design duo of Yi Chan and Lary Cheung; and Mountain Yam’s label 112 mountainyam. Scores of fashionistas and celebrities attended the event, including Hong Kong fashion celebrity Daisy Toi, actresses Francesca Curran and Nicole Kang, and Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin. Media representatives from respected publications including Daily Front Row, Elle, FashionWeekOnline.com, Marie Claire, Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) and Xinhua News attended and reported on the show.

Following the Fashion Hong Kong runway show, the HKTDC organised a networking reception at the Arlo Roof Top (A.R.T.) of the Arlo SoHo hotel on the same day, connecting Hong Kong designers with fashion industry representatives. More than 100 buyers, industry players and media reporters were treated to a fashion presentation at the event, with Loren Nadres, Director of Economic Development, New York City Mayor’s Office, coming along to show the city’s support.

Fashion Hong Kong Showroom facilitates business exchange

Fashion Hong Kong is a series of international promotional events organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) to promote Hong Kong fashion designers and labels in the global fashion arena. Since 2015, Fashion Hong Kong has actively participated in international fashion weeks and renowned events – in cities such as New York, London, Copenhagen, Tokyo and Shanghai − to showcase Hong Kong's unique and diversified designs.

To further promote the city’s fashion brands and foster exchange and collaboration between Hong Kong designers and international buyers, the HKTDC is running the Fashion Hong Kong Showroom from 1 Feb to 31 March at FTL Moda, one of the major professional showrooms located on New York’s Seventh Avenue, also known as the “Fashion Avenue”.

In addition to the three designer labels showcased at the runway show, 10 other budding Hong Kong fashion brands − BIG HORN and Ejj Jewellery (both returning for another year), ANDREW KAYLA, ARTINI, Berayah, Blank Concept, FAVEbyKennyLi, Jade in Style, Jewcells, and NoBeing – are being featured in the Fashion Hong Kong Showroom.

New channels help promote Hong Kong brands

Continuing the momentum of New York Fashion Week, different brands are seizing the opportunity to showcase their new collections. To maximise exposure for the Hong Kong fashion brands during their time in New York, Fashion Hong Kong will take part in COTERIE − the premier global event and trade platform for contemporary fashion brands in New York − for the first time. Participating brands, including ANVEGLOSA, HOUSE OF V, Methodology and more, will showcase their collections in COTERIE from 25-27 Feb to help them connect with international buyers.

Fashion Hong Kong, for the first time, is collaborating with international fashion trade journal Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) to produce a “Hong Kong Style Guide”. The guidebook introduces Hong Kong fashion brands that have showcased their collections during New York Fashion Week, including ANVEGLOSA, HARRISON WONG, HEAVEN PLEASE+, Hidy N.G. and Loom Loop. The guidebook was distributed during New York Fashion Week to promote Hong Kong’s advantages as an innovation hub and centre for fashion design.

The event has received support from DHL Express, Evian, Antalis Paper and AVEDA.

Fashion Hong Kong website: www.fashionhongkong.com

Fashion Hong Kong Instagram: www.instagram.com/hktdcfashionhk

Media Enquiries:
Please contact the HKTDC's Communications & Public Affairs Department:

Agnes Wat
Tel: (852) 2584 4554
Email: agnes.ky.wat@hktdc.org

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Leon Lai Returns as Entertainment Expo Ambassador
Feb 11, 2019

Celebrity Calls on Public to Support Local Entertainment Industry

11 February 2019 – Hong Kong superstar Leon Lai has once again accepted the invitation of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) to be the Ambassador for the annual Entertainment Expo (EE), which celebrates its 15th edition in 2019.

Following a viral tongue-twister promotional video, Mr Lai decided to take up the challenge again by introducing a video showing the EE’s eight events in reverse. The video ends with the slogan “Be Sure to Know the Schedule by Heart” as Mr Lai invites the public to take part in this annual industry extravaganza and give their support to Hong Kong’s entertainment industry.

“As a long-standing member of the local entertainment industry, I’m happy to serve as the Entertainment Expo’s Ambassador once again,” said Mr Lai. “The expo is a great annual event and I encourage everyone to join me in supporting all the different activities this year.”

The promotional video for the 2019 EE began showing at more than 50 cinemas across Hong Kong on the first day of Chinese New Year (5 Feb). The video has also been uploaded to the HKTDC Facebook page, with lucky draws to follow. Please stay tuned to the Facebook page for details.

The EE will be held from 18 March to 14 April and comprises eight events covering a global mix of film, TV, music and digital entertainment. The events include the HKTDC Hong Kong International Film and TV Market (FILMART), Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), Hong Kong Film Awards (HKFA), Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF), Hong Kong Asian-Pop Music Festival (HKAMF), ifva Festival, the Digital Entertainment Summit, and the TV World International Forum.

Media Enquiries: Please contact the HKTDC's Communication and Public Affairs Department:

Coco Yuen
Tel: (852) 2584 4145
Email: coco.hc.yuen@hktdc.org

Nominations now open for Mines and Money Asia Outstanding Achievement Awards
Feb 07, 2019

Nominations are now open for the 12th annual Mines and Money Asia Outstanding Achievement Awards. Considered to be Asia’s most prestigious mining investment awards and a highlight in the Asian mining calendar, the annual event recognizes ‘the best of the best’ in the Asia Pacific region.

Nominated by industry peers these awards are designed to recognize excellence and outstanding achievement over a wide cross-section of the Asia Pacific mining and investment sector for the past year. Nomination categories for 2019 include:

  • Asia-Pacific Mining Executive of the Year
  • North American Mining Executive of the Year
  • Asia-Pacific Mining Exploration Executive of the Year
  • Asia-Pacific Mining Deal of the Year
  • Asia-Pacific Exploration Mining Company of the Year
  • Asia-Pacific Mining Company of the Year

    Each year we receive a high calibre of entrants with some previous recipients of these prestigious awards including China Moly, IAMGOLD, SolGold, Evolution Mining, Rio Tinto and MMG Limited.

    This year’s awards will be chosen by an esteemed panel of judges, who are considered leaders in the mining and finance sectors. This year’s judging panel includes:

  • Adam Janikowski, Executive Director, CIBC
  • Alberto Migliucci, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Petra Commodities
  • Andrew Ballingal, Chief Executive Officer, Ballingal Investment Advisors
  • Anthony Desir, Chief Executive Officer, SAMI Funds
  • Greg Pan, President, China Hanking Industrial
  • Jayant Bhandari, Analyst - Mining & Minerals & Institutional Investor Consultant, Anarcho Capital
  • Jorge Ramiro Monroy, Managing Director, Emerging Markets Capital
  • Michel Labrousse , Managing Partner, Mazarin Capital
  • Rani Jarkas, Chairman, Cedrus Investments HK
  • Rod Nichol, Managing Director, Lionsgate Capital
  • Ryan Welker, Head of Mining, EAS Advisors
  • Stefan White, Portfolio Manager, LIM Advisors

    Nominations are open until 15 February 2019 with the winners announced at the 12th annual Mines and Money Asia Outstanding Achievement Awards Reception on Wednesday 3 April 2019.

    For more information or to submit a nomination please visit https://asia.minesandmoney.com/awards/

    Media Contact
    Samantha Lang
    +61 3 9021 2031

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    CNN explores the unique winter landscape of Japan in Destination Tohoku
    Jan 31, 2019

    Theme week begins January 27, with a 30-minute program airing from February 2-6

    Winter is here. And for the Tohoku region in northern Japan, that means snow, and lots of it! Last year in Aomori, it snowed over six meters - more than 21 feet – making it one of the snowiest major cities on the planet.

    For local residents, wintertime is a constant battle against the elements. But for tourists, this wild, otherworldly region is a winter wonderland, with some of the most unique landscapes, food and ice sports in the world.

    Over the course of a theme week and half-hour special, CNN’s Destination Tohoku brings viewers closer to the distinctive winter landscape of Japan and the residents who live there.

    Highlights of the 30-minute show include:

    How to Fly to one of the World’s Snowiest Cities

    Aomori City in Tohoku may be one of the snowiest major cities in the world. But that doesn’t stop tourists from arriving at the city’s airport. CNN meets the airport’s specialized team of snow removers – codenamed ‘White Impulse’ – who keep the runway ice-free every winter.

    Into the Wild in Hakkoda

    When the winter snow starts falling on the peaks of Aomori’s Hakkoda Mountains, the blizzards are not far behind. CNN journeys up to its highest peaks, a winter playground for skiiers and trekkers. The mountain is also home to a popular thermal spring, or onsen, that’s said to have therapeutic properties for bathers.

    Skiing with the Snow Monsters

    Japan has some of the best powder for skiing in the world. One of its most well-known ski resorts is in the town of Zao Onsen, but it’s known for more than its slopes. The Yamagata town is famed for its ‘snow monsters’, trees covered in layers of packed frost that resemble an army of white zombies on the mountain. CNN gets a guided tour of the monsters with Hideto Ito, a former professional skier who comes from Zao Onsen.

    The All-You-can-eat Noodle Binge

    You can’t face the cold winters of Tohoku on an empty stomach. At the Azumaya noodle shop in Iwate’s capital city, you’re encouraged to overeat. The draw of this family-run Morioka noodle shop is an all-you-can-eat binge of locally-produced wanko soba noodles. Customers who finish over 100 bowls get a personalized certificate. CNN discovers what makes this Tohoku specialty so good with a former wanko soba challenge champion, a Japanese woman who can eat over 300 bowls in one sitting.

    Grilling Squid on a Stove Train

    Japan’s best-known form of train transportation may be the Shinkansen, or bullet train. But in the Aomori prefecture, there’s another, much more rustic train that’s one of Tohoku’s biggest tourist attractions - the stove train. Its passenger cars are warmed by charcoal stoves that conductors keep lit throughout the journey. CNN takes a ride and uses the stoves to cook locally-caught squid, which can be purchased along the short journey.

    Destination Tohoku is produced by CNN Vision, the global production powerhouse of CNN International, which brings the world’s breath-taking diversity into cinematic focus, telling stories that inspire audiences around the world.

    The 30-minute special of Destination Tohoku airs at the following times:
    Saturday, 2nd February at 2130 HKT
    Sunday, 3rd February at 0030 HKT, 0530 HKT and 1130 HKT
    Monday, 4th February at 0930 HKT and 1730 HKT
    Wednesday, 6th February at 0130 HKT


    CNN Media Contact
    Bipasha Bhattacharya / Hugo Bebbington
    Tel: +852 3128 3568 / +852 3128 3538
    Email : bipasha.bhattacharya@turner.com / hugo.bebbington@turner.com

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    Sinclair plans for a year of adventure with international travel and tourism wins
    Jan 30, 2019

    (HONG KONG, 28 January 2019) --( ASIA TODAY )-- Countless ideas for adventure and new experiences continue brewing at Sinclair as the award-wining agency secures renowned travel and tourism clients in 2019. Strengthening its position as industry leader across Greater China, the agency offers expertise and strategy development in public relations, digital, experiential marketing and content creation for tourism boards, tourism destinations, hotel groups, airlines, OTAs and more.

    Backed by up-to-the-minute research by a dedicated monitoring and insights team, Sinclair delivers bold strategy to gain real business impact for clients including Singapore Tourism Board, Tourism Australia, Resorts World Sentosa, and Plaza Premium Group consisting of Plaza Premium First, Plaza Premium Lounge and Aerotels.

    Singapore Tourism Board has reappointed Sinclair as their PR, digital and social media agency in Hong Kong, extending a six-year relationship for an additional 2+1 years from January 2019. Having collaborated on over 10 award-winning campaigns and counting, Sinclair is excited to continue its remit to drive international visitor arrivals and tourism receipts for the Lion City, ensuring that Singapore remains a top-of-mind destination for travellers.

    Tourism Australia has once again partnered with Sinclair in 2019 to build campaigns with a strong storytelling component to attract Hong Kong visitors to Australia, both for leisure and business. Following on four years of success with multiple award-winning campaign across the PR and digital spectrum, Sinclair will continue to work alongside Tourism Australia throughout the year to develop unique itineraries, strengthening Australia’s position as a preferred destination for bespoke travel.

    New to Sinclair’s stellar line-up of clients is Resorts World Sentosa, Asia’s premium lifestyle destination resort that spans 49 hectares on Singapore’s resort island of Sentosa. Sinclair will devise and implement content-driven campaigns for the destination, with a strong PR and digital strategy, to boost reputation and visitation.

    Plaza Premium Group has appointed Sinclair to develop creative, cross-channel communications strategy tailored for their Plaza Premium First, Plaza Premium Lounge and Aerotels brands in the Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR markets. A pioneering industry leader in providing premium airport services with 161 locations in 42 international airports around the world, Sinclair will work with Plaza Premium Group to devise bespoke communications programmes for each brand, targeting media and KOLs to drive awareness and footfall.

    Founder & CEO Kiri Sinclair said: “The team at Sinclair are passionate about building campaigns that drive action in the crowded travel and tourism sector. We help brands engage with their target audiences through strategy that seamlessly integrates media, influencers and content to increase brand share of voice and drive action.”

    Executive Director Kevin Lam said: “Travellers from Greater China are seeing more and spending more, and have increasingly diversified and sophisticated tastes. It is imperative that international brands and destinations understand how best to communicate with and craft experiences for the Chinese traveller. At Sinclair, we are dedicated to staying on top of market trends to direct clients on the best practice to connect with this unique market.”

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    About Sinclair
    Sinclair is a multi-award-winning independent PR, digital and experiential communications agency. We work across industry and sector with one goal in mind: to create business impact for our clients through persuasive storytelling. Our ability to embrace new technologies and our bold approach to brand communications builds value, inspires action, changes opinion and grows reputation. Our expert team of strategists deliver seamlessly integrated PR programmes that ensure brands are shaping the conversations that matter. We influence.

    For more information please contact Sinclair:
    Sai Roshini Daswani | sairoshini@sinclaircomms.com | (852) 2915 1234
    Kiri Sinclair | kiri@sinclaircomms.com | (852) 2915 1234

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    Dorsett Wanchai Once Again Accolated Best Family Hotel in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Business High Flyers Awards 2018
    Jan 27, 2019

    (Hong Kong, 25 January 2019) Dorsett Wanchai, Hong Kong, the 4.5-star vibrant hotel under Dorsett Hospitality International, is gratified to announce the second winning of ‘Best Family Hotel in Hong Kong’ at the Hong Kong Business High Flyers Awards 2018 on 23 January, 2019.
    On its 15th year, the Hong Kong High Flyers Awards honours a total of 22 outstanding enterprises in various sectors for their great efforts to contribute towards social progress, innovative business practices and more importantly, the exceptional quality of service.
    “We are more than honoured to be presented such a meaningful award from Hong Kong Business Magazine. Having the family travellers in mind at all times, we will continue to strive for better, and more thoughtful hotel amenities and services to cater for their needs, hoping to bring them a unique and remarkable vacation in Hong Kong,” said Ms Anita Chan, the General Manager of Dorsett Wanchai, Hong Kong.

    Stay Vibrant at Dorsett Wanchai with New-fangled Offerings for Families
    The Dorsett Wanchai has always been a popular choice for families with its strategic location close to many of the family attractions as well as its kids’ amenities, family rooms and meticulously designed theme suites including Ocean Suite, Jockey Suite and Sony 4K 3D Experience Suite, to name a few.

    To embrace Dorsett’s brand promise ‘Stay Vibrant’, Dorsett Wanchai has recently introduced 3 new initiatives to bring family vacations to the next level.

    Dorsett Little Artist is a 100% charity-based art programme that allows young art lovers to colour their favourite pages hand-drawn by local artists and a chance to join the colouring contest, and actually give a hand to those in need through donation to the hotel’s partnered charity organisation.
    In addition to the fun-filled charity program, the Dorsett Wanchai 3 Wishes room package is genuinely a dream come true for families as they can pick their own 3 ‘wishes’ through a bucket list of special privileges for a unique personalised holiday. These include 1+1 Ocean Park Ticket, 1+1 Arrival Transfer, free local meal, room upgrade and many more.

    Even for the guests arriving in early morning or with evening flights, Dorsett Wanchai can get them a 26-hour Full Stay which gives total flexibility – if the guests check in at 4 pm, they will get to enjoy a full 26-hour stay and check out at 6 pm the next day. Check out this exclusive offer on hotel official website and the recommended to-dos in the extra 2 hours for families: http://www.wanchai.dorsetthotels.com/26-hour-a-day/family-route.html

    About Dorsett Wanchai, Hong Kong
    The award-winning 4.5-star Dorsett Wanchai, Hong Kong is conveniently located between Wanchai and Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island giving its guests easy access to all business, shopping, and sightseeing destinations in the city. The hotel is a mere 8-minute walk to MTR stations, Times Square, and a 10-minute drive from the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Dorsett Wanchai, Hong Kong offers 8 types of newly renovated rooms and suites ranging up to 48 sq. m. The signature Grand Deluxe Course View Room offers a breathtaking view of the racecourse in front of the hotel. A complimentary shuttle bus service is available to 14 destinations via five routes and all rooms are equipped with 200Mbps high-speed Wi-Fi internet. Other facilities include the Dining House Restaurant that serves the finest Guangdong and Huaiyang dishes, the 3T Bar, a gym room, and various meeting spaces.

    Media enquiries:
    Ms. Jowie Wong
    Director of Communications
    +852 3552 1810

    Ms. Wendy Mak
    Marketing & Communications Manager
    +852 3552 1808

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    The Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum Expands List of Work-in-Progress Projects with New Category for Documentaries
    Jan 24, 2019

    Hong Kong, 24 January 2019 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) today unveiled 20 projects shortlisted for its expanded Work-in-Progress (WIP) program that will include feature documentaries for the first time.

    WIP, now in its third edition, is an important initiative to help filmmakers find post-production funds, sales agents and film festival support. It will take place from 18-20 March 2019 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre as part of the 17th HAF.

    The expanded WIP program this year has doubled the total number of projects to be presented from 10 in each of its two previous editions. The shortlist now covers two sections, including 10 feature fiction films and 10 feature documentaries.

    HAF Director Jacob WONG believes it is an opportune time to launch a documentary co-production event with substance and sustainability. “The WIP program has nurtured a number of successful film projects since its launch, such as The Man Who Surprised Everyone (WIP 2018) which won the Orrizonti Award for Best Actress in Venice Film Festival 2018, and Ayka (WIP 2018) which won the Best Actress Award in Cannes Film Festival 2018. Given the immense success of the last two WIP programs, HAF intends to take a leading role to further encourage the production of quality documentary works with an aim to provide filmmakers access to top-notch international buyers,” Wong said. “With the expanded platform, HAF will become the first project market to receive both fictional and documentary work-in-progress submissions with approximately equal strength and numbers.”

    WIP’s objective is distinguished from the main HAF program, one of Asia’s most important film-financing forums, which provides a platform for projects in the pre-production or development stages. The WIP program further extends and complements the services of HAF by offering a platform for late-stage projects seeking closing funds, post-production partners, distributors, sales agents, festivals and other film-industry services. The 20 shortlisted projects are required to have completed or nearly completed shooting or production. This year’s works include diverse films from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Japan, Philippines, Iran, Singapore and Malaysia.

    Internationally Renowned and Award-Winning Filmmakers Behind Shortlisted Projects

    Among the fiction projects, leading queer Hong Kong filmmaker Ray YEUNG, director of Front Cover (2015) and Cut Sleeve Boys (2005), returns with a new thought-provoking drama, SUK SUK, about two secretly gay senior men who struggle between their desire for each other and the commitments to their families. Michael J. WERNER, a long-time film industry executive and former partner in the pioneering sales company, Fortissimo Films, serves as producer along with Teresa KWONG and Sandy YIP. To Live To Sing, a new drama from Chinese director Johnny MA, whose directorial debut, Old Stone (2016) premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and was named the Best Canadian First Feature Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, follows the manager of a small Sichuan Opera troupe who must find a new home for her performers when their theatre is earmarked for demolition. From Taiwan, Malaysian-born director Kethsvin CHEE’s Hello! Tapir is an animated tale of a nightmare-eating mythical creature.

    Two projects from prominent filmmakers of the Philippines explore surviving in a country with harsh justice. Brillante MENDOZA, who was awarded Best Director at Cannes for Kinatay (2009), produces with Carlo VALENZONA for director Raymund Ribay GUTIERREZ’s Verdict, the story of a wife and mother of a four-year-old child who files a legal case against her abusive drug-peddler husband. Director Jun Robles LANA, a frequent presence at HAF and whose previous films include Die Beautiful (2016) and Bwakaw (2012), is back with Son of God – a project he presented in HAF in 2014 – about a 15-year-old, HIV-positive boy who is abandoned by his mother and is in danger of sliding into a life of destruction and pain. LANA’s new project Between Sea and Sky is also presented at the main HAF program this year.

    On the documentary side, Academy Award-winning Hong Kong filmmaker Ruby YANG serves as producer of director Jo CHENG Oi-yue’s first feature-length documentary, Dear Daughter, a story of hope in the life of a Vietnamese refugee 30 years after he fled the war in Vietnam. In Hong Kong, he continues to be a prisoner of poverty, drugs and crime. Acclaimed director HOU Hsiao-Hsien of Taiwan is among the producers of HUANG Hui-Chen’s documentary LOMA - Our Home, her passionate examination of an ethnic Chinese journalist who joins forces with an indigenous tribe, whose illegal houses were repeatedly torn down by the Taiwanese government.

    Other documentary WIP projects include On High Ice, directed by Gary KAM Byung-Seok, which follows the struggle of a group of girls in the Himalayan desert to uplift the stature of the women in India through ice hockey, was selected in the main HAF program last year. OKUTANI Yoichiro’s Odoriko, an immersive journey into the dressing rooms of the Japanese strip theater, where odoriko dancers bare all, and Women of Azadi, from Iranian directors Sharmin MOJTAHEDZADEH and Paliz KHOSHDEL, about a 27-year-old who fulfils her dream by defying Islamic law banning a female presence at sports stadiums.

    “This year’s expanded shortlist of projects is a reflection of the greater number of high-quality films from both Asia and elsewhere,” said Jacob Wong. “The 20 films are among some of the strongest projects we have presented over the past three years. We are especially proud to give a larger platform to documentary filmmakers, whose works underscore the enormity of previously untold political and social issues that must be presented for a greater understanding of Asia.”

    HAF to Present at “Goes to Cannes”

    For the third year, HAF will again collaborate with Marché du Film, Festival de Cannes, to present a program offering market screening opportunities for 5 projects at this year’s Cannes film festival in May. “Goes to Cannes” presents opportunities for filmmakers to look for sales agents, distributors and film-festival opportunities. Priority will be given to WIP projects.

    Details of the Open Pitch Sessions

    Work-in-Progress Documentaries Open Pitch
    Date: 18 March 2019 (Monday)
    Time: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Venue: N206-208, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
    * HAF/Filmart badge holders may attend

    Work-in-Progress Features Open Pitch
    Date: 19 March 2019 (Tuesday)
    Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Venue: N206-208, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
    * HAF/Filmart badge holders may attend

    Guest and Media Accreditation for HAF

    Investors, financiers and other film-industry guests are now able to register for HAF at https://www.haf.org.hk/guest.php and schedule individual meetings with filmmakers to discuss their projects. Guests will be given access to HAF, in addition to joining official networking events, screenings, seminars or other activities.

    Registration details for the event among members of the media can be found here: http://www.hkiff.org.hk/society/#/media1Clone

    A complete list of the selected WIP projects for the 17th HAF can be found in the Appendix. For more information about HAF, please visit the official website at  http://www.haf.org.hk/ and the HAF Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/hafhkiffs/.

    For media enquiry, please contact:

    Ms. Alice Au Yeung
    Phone: +852-2787-0706/+852-9887 9387
    E-mail: alice@vtcomms.com

    Ms. Yuki Fong
    Phone: +852-2787-0220/+852-6098-1568
    Email: yuki@vtcomms.com

    The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society
    Ms. Christine Lui
    Phone: +852 2102 7359
    E-mail: christine_lui@hkiff.org.hk

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    About Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF)
    The Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) is widely recognized as an established film financing platform in Asia. HAF brings Asian filmmakers with upcoming film projects to Hong Kong for co-production ventures with top film financiers, producers, bankers, distributors and buyers. Attracting more than 1,000 filmmakers and financiers from at least 35 countries and regions, around 25 to 30 projects are selected annually to participate in the three-day event. HAF has the added advantage of being held in conjunction with Hong Kong Filmart, Asia’s largest film market which attracts over 8,000 professionals.

    HAF has partnered with international organisations to provide a range of opportunities to participants. Partners include iQIYI (China), Fox International Productions (Greater China) (US), Cinemart (the Netherlands), Asian Project Market (South Korea), Golden Horse Film Project Promotion (Taiwan), New Cinema Network (Italy) and others. Cash and in-kind awards to the value of around US$150,000 are made with support from Create Hong Kong and Film Development Fund among others. Past participants include China's JIA Jiangke, JIANG Wen, LU Chuan and NING Hao; Hong Kong's Peter CHAN, Stanley KWAN, Ann HUI, Fruit CHAN and PANG Ho-cheung; Taiwan's TSAI Ming-Liang, WEI Te-Sheng, CHUNG Mong-Hong and Leon DAI; Japan's KORE-EDA Hirokazu, KUROSAWA Kiyoshi, KAWASE Naomi and IWAI Shunji; South Korea's PARK Chan-wook, KIM Jee-woon, BONG Joon-ho and IM Sang-soo; as well as Thailand's Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL, Ekachai UEKRONGTHAM, Nonzee NIMIBUTR and Pen-ek RATANARUANG.

    About The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited
    The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited (HKIFFS/Society) is a charitable, non-profit and non-governmental organisation dedicated to the discovery and promotion of creativity in the art and culture of film.

    The Society is committed to making world cinema accessible and affordable to the public. It organizes the annual flagship the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) and the Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) in March and April. Another annual highlight is the Summer International Film Festival (SummerIFF) held every August. The repertory HKIFF Cine Fan Programme was launched in April 2013 with the aim to enrich and deepen the experience of Hong Kong moviegoers through a monthly programme of contemporary, retrospective and thematic showcases.

    Through its annual programmes, the Society promotes international appreciation of Asian, Hong Kong and Chinese film culture; introduces world cinema to Hong Kong audiences; and continues to underline Hong Kong’s key position in the international film community.

    HKIFFS’s dedication to quality and intelligent programming, its devotion to the discovery of new areas of filmmaking in Asia and China, its exceptional work for Hong Kong cinema, seminars and acclaimed publications, gives it a unique and respected international reputation that helps promote Hong Kong cinema at home and abroad.

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    CUHK Successfully Conducted the World’s First Multi-Specialty Clinical Trial Using the Next Generation Single Port Robotic Surgical System
    Jan 13, 2019

    The Faculty of Medicine at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) conducted the world’s first multi-specialty clinical trial using the “Single Port Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgical System”. More than 60 patients underwent single port robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery (MIS) as part of this trial and demonstrated that multiple procedures could be performed through a single entry site. The novel system allows surgeons to reach deep spaces previously difficult to reach, like the nasopharynx and the hypopharynx, to carry out delicate procedures with precision.

    The clinical trial results have provided valuable data for the introduction of the single port surgical robotic system for clinical use and the development for wider applications in multiple specialties. The success showcases that the clinical standard of the Faculty of Medicine at CUHK is recognised internationally and supported by a solid cross-disciplinary working team, comprising of multi-specialty surgeons, nurses and anaesthesiologists, who collaborated closely and effectively to perform and complete the clinical trial. It also reinforces the status of the Faculty as global research hub and training ground for MIS.

    All instruments are incorporated in a single robotic arm that operates through a 2.5 cm cannula

    MIS was introduced to the Faculty of Medicine at CUHK in June 1990. The aim of this surgical technology is to minimise the size of incisions, reduce trauma and pain suffered by patients, enable faster recovery and lower the risk of infection. It has become more commonly practised and advanced in Hong Kong and can be applied to the removal of gallstones, tumors of the gastrointestinal tract, adrenal gland and even hepatectomy. In 2005, minimally invasive robotic surgery was introduced in the Faculty. The multiport robotic-assisted system consists of 4 arms which are used to control the surgical instruments and the endoscopic camera that are placed in the surgical field via 4 pencil-sized “keyhole” incisions.

    With the advancement of design and technology, the next generation of minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgical system only needs a single entry site for 3 instruments and a high-definition (HD) 3D camera operated through an incision or a natural orifice which enables the 2.5 cm system cannula to go through. The instruments can reach up to 24 cm and the robotic boom can rotate 360 degrees. Trained surgeons can control the instruments at the distal tip and view the superior HD 3D image of the operating field through the endoscope via the console. These features enable surgeons to perform complicated procedures with precision in narrow workspaces.

    World’s first multi-specialty clinical trial proved the novel system is safe and feasible in performing MIS particularly through natural orifices

    The Faculty of Medicine at CUHK conducted a clinical trial from 2016 to 2017 on the feasibility and safety of the “Single Port Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgical System” in three different surgical specialties, including Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (ENT); Urology, and Colorectal Surgery. There were no device-assisted or serious adverse events in any cases. Details are as follows:



    Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (ENT)


    Colorectal Surgery

    No. of cases undergoing single-port robot assisted surgery




    Dr. Jason Ying Kuen CHAN, Assistant Professor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery of the Faculty of Medicine at CUHK, stated, “Taking transoral robotic surgery as an example, the robotic arm of the new system allows truly minimally invasive access to previously more difficult to access sites including the nasopharynx, larynx and hypopharynx. The system makes it possible for the surgeon to better dissect critical neurovascular structures with the instruments and camera in a working space that is roughly the size of a tennis ball. We believe the advance in the technology offers a platform from which surgeons can develop novel approaches to handling cases, with minimal invasiveness, to facilitate patient recovery and minimise morbidity.”

    For Urology and Colorectal Surgery, the low external profile of this new robotic platform and the possibility of deployment through a single access site can facilitate single port transabdominal surgery such as prostatectomy and colectomy, and natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) such as transanal robotic surgery. By minimising the number of external abdominal incisions, single port surgery and NOTES can theoretically reduce patient trauma, enhance recovery, and improve cosmesis. With natural orifice access (transoral and transanal), there may be no external incisions for some patients.

    Professor Simon Siu Man NG, Professor from the Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery of the Faculty of Medicine at CUHK, added, “Our Faculty was selected to conduct this clinical trial showcases that we are recognised globally as the pioneer in developing MIS. Our credible clinical team, involving surgeons, anaesthesiologists and nurses, are experienced in minimally invasive robotic surgical systems. This helps lay a strong and solid cross-disciplinary working structure to perform world-class clinical trials for the further development of robot-assisted MIS.”

    CUHK committed to enhancing medical technology and aims to be the global MIS training ground and research hub

    In recent years, the Hong Kong Government has been committed to promoting innovation and technology (I&T). These extremely exciting developments include the establishment of I&T clusters on healthcare technologies, artificial intelligence and robotic technologies. In view of the potential of I&T development, CUHK has been actively involved in this process of driving innovation in medical technology through close collaborations among clinicians, engineers and entrepreneurs which develops new concepts and inventions in medical technology of which medical robotics is a key element.

    Professor Philip Wai Yan CHIU, Director of the CUHK Jockey Club Minimally Invasive Surgical Skills Centre (MISSC), hopes the success in the clinical trial will not only enhance and drive the development of medical engineering research, but also help the introduction of the single port surgical robotic system for clinical application in Hong Kong. Professor CHIU stated, “Our clinical trial results have provided valuable data for the introduction of the single port surgical robotic system for clinical use. Certainly the system has a lot of potential applications in other specialties and more patients can benefit from the broader use of this robotic system.”

    To train Hong Kong, mainland and regional surgeons in the robotic system and keep them up-to-date with the other current minimally invasive surgical techniques, MISSC has been upgrading its facilities. For example, it has upgraded the system for robotic training to the currently most advanced model in clinical applications.

    Professor Anthony Chi Fai NG, Professor from the Division of Urology, Department of Surgery of the Faculty of Medicine at CUHK, as well as the Robotic Surgery Training Course Director at MISSC, said, “We hope that through the advances in minimally invasive surgery facilities, we can provide an ideal training setting for medical professionals in Hong Kong and neighbouring areas, and become a minimally invasive surgery training ground and research hub in the Asia-Pacific region and at the international level.”

    SOURCE / The Chinese University of Hong Kong

    Asia's Largest Licensing Show Attracts 23,000 Visitors
    JCN Newswire
    Jan 09, 2019

    Record Attendance as Hong Kong Creativity Goes on Show

    HONG KONG, Jan 9, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the 17th edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Licensing Show, the world's second-largest and Asia's largest event of its kind, drew to a successful close today. The three-day fair (7-9 Jan) attracted a record attendance of more than 23,000 visitors from about 100 countries and regions. The event ran concurrently with the eighth Asian Licensing Conference (7-8 Jan), featuring some 30 speakers from renowned brands and global licensing experts.

    Rapid Market Growth Drives Industry Forward

    Speaking at the opening ceremony on Monday, HKTDC Executive Director Margaret Fong said the shifting economics of global manufacturing have created challenges for industry players, with issues such as increasing protectionism and the transition to e-tailing leading many businesses to begin exploring licensing opportunities in a bid to move up the value chain.

    Ms Fong noted that the licensing industry has been showing an upward trend, with global sales of licensed products reaching US$271 billion in 2017, an increase of 3.3% on the previous year. The regional story was even more impressive, with sales growing by 5.8% to US$31.6 billion and accounting for 11.6% of the world total. She added that the Mainland China market showed an increase of 10.3%, topping the world growth chart and continuing to be a significant driver of the global licensing industry.

    Conference Unveils New Esports and Content Licensing Opportunities

    Nancy Jiang, General Manager, Licensing, iQIYI, said: "iQIYI started business running an online video platform. We widened our business scope to develop our own content properties and build our own licensing business out of them. Our flagship competition show - The Rap of China - features the street culture of Mainland China. It has become a cultural icon of the country and the IP is generating licensing revenue for iQIYI."

    Jai Wu, Head of LPL Merchandise & Licensing, Riot Games China, explained that Mainland China is now the largest esports market globally - and still rising. The mainland had 250 million esports users in 2018, after esports revenue totalled US$760 million in 2017. "We have launched a wide variety of licensing programmes, including comics, novels and a reality TV show. We are developing our esports business through cross-platform and cross-sector cooperation," said Mr Wu.

    DTR (Direct-to-Retail) Talk Connects Exhibitors to Retailers

    The DTR (Direct-to-Retail) Talk sessions, where successful retailers in Asia shared their IP sourcing needs and requirements for licensing cooperation, debuted at this year's conference. Amanda Yuen, Senior Manager Marketing Department Hanshin Department Store Co. Ltd, said: "Online shopping is growing fast, and in order to bring online consumers back to offline, we run activities every festive season, and cooperation with licensed characters is an effective strategy. In the past, licensing cooperation was usually led by brand owners and retailers had little say. By joining the Hong Kong International Licensing Show, we can assume a proactive role in finding partners and we have identified an interesting Hong Kong character brand for further discussion."

    European Brands Come to Tap Asian Markets

    First-time exhibitor MotoGP's Licensing Director of Commercial Department, Phaedra Haramis, said: "Licensing has helped transform our event IP into a lifestyle brand, which is more sustainable. MotoGP events are staged in different parts of the world, with a strong presence Europe, Japan and Thailand. This is my first time to take part in the show and I feel excited that it opens the door to huge licensing opportunities. Through the business-matching service, I am glad to be lined up with apparel manufacturers from Australia, Hong Kong, Korea, Mainland China, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam."

    Another debut exhibitor at the European Lifestyle Brand Forum, Chupa Chups, is a Spanish candy brand with 60 years' history. Licensing Area Manager Marta Ballesteros Codina said: "We have actively developed a cross-border licensing business for promoting the fun and playful image of Chupa Chups. Results at the show are very encouraging. We have located apparel manufacturers from Australia and Mainland China to further exploring collaboration."

    Local Creative Talents Expand Business Network

    "Amid strong competition, forming partnerships through licensing is the key to grow any business," said Victor Lam, Managing Director of Hong Kong exhibitor Active Works Company Limited. "We met with a Korean artist-cum-brand owner who was attracted to our cute Puzzle Bear IP through the show's business-matching service. As both parties have our own IPs and strong licensing and marketing teams, we could launch brand cooperation across regions. We have already had several rounds of negotiation."

    Ellen Mok, Director of MiQi which exhibited in the inaugural DLAB Hong Kong Pavilion, said: "Our brand has collaborated with some big names to roll out jewellery and chocolate collections. Through the business-matching meeting, we were paired up with an Indonesian company which would like to engage our training services, while buyers from Singapore and Malaysia are looking to become our agency in Southeast Asia."

    Concurrent Event Enriches Licensing Show

    The Asian Licensing Conference ran concurrently with the Licensing Show, giving insights into the latest industry trends, including the fast-growing Asia and Mainland China markets, content licensing, esports, and legal and operational tactics. The event attracted more than 1,300 attendees from around the world.

    Hong Kong International Licensing Show website: www.hktdc.com/fair/hklicensingshow-en
    Asian Licensing Conference website: www.hktdc.com/fair/alc-en

    About HKTDC

    Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With 50 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. With more than 50 years of experience, the HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in international markets, while providing business insights and information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Google+, Twitter@hktdc, LinkedIn.

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    Asia’s Largest Toys & Games Fair Opens
    Jan 07, 2019

    7 January 2019 − The HKTDC Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair, the HKTDC Hong Kong Baby Products Fair and the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair opened today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The three fairs, which run concurrently from 7-10 Jan, feature some 3,000 global exhibitors and showcase a broad selection of innovative products. Matthew Cheung, Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), officiated at the opening ceremony this morning and delivered the opening remarks.

    The current Sino-United States trade friction has brought about uncertainty in the global economy. Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Executive Director Margaret Fong said: “Although the latest developments in the negotiations between the United States and Mainland China indicate that a settlement in the trade dispute is now more likely, we can still expect to see a slowdown in the growth of toy product exports in the coming year, even as the global economy continues to grow. The HKTDC will step up its efforts to support the industry in developing more diverse businesses and exploring new markets, as well as allocating resources to invite buyers from emerging markets such as ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations], India and the Middle East to participate in our trade fairs.”

    Ms Fong noted that the HKTDC has organised around 125 buying missions from 65 countries and regions, comprising more than 9,200 buyers from more than 6,200 companies, to source at the three fairs.

    Smart and Educational Toys in Trend at Asia’s Largest Toys & Games Fair

    The 45th edition of the Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair features more than 2,100 exhibitors from 42 countries and regions, making it the largest event of its kind in Asia, and the second-largest in the world. Six group pavilions, including Mainland China, Korea, Spain, Taiwan and the United Kingdom, as well as the “World of Toys” pavilion, featuring mainly European exhibitors, are showcasing the latest toys and games from around the world. A fair highlight, the Brand Name Gallery features about 240 renowned brands, including 4M, Hape, Ming the Minibus, Soap Studio, STEM University and Welly.

    The Smart-Tech Toys zone gathers a variety of toys and games that incorporate virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), as well as those compatible with mobile apps. As educational toys exploring children’s potential continue to gain in popularity, a STREAM Toys Product Display highlighting toys related to science, technology, robotics, engineering, arts and mathematics has been set up at the fair. Other thematic zones include Pet Toys, Fireworks and Kidult World – the latter showcasing toys for grown-ups such as hobby goods, magic items, action and war game items, as well as models and figurines.

    Toys Industry Conference Unveils Market Trends

    The Hong Kong Toys Industry Conference 2019 will be held tomorrow (8 Jan) to explore ways to build a bright future for the global toy sector, with industry experts including a Euromonitor analyst, a toy industry consultant and publisher from the US and a leading Hong Kong toy manufacturer coming together to examine development trends in the global market and opportunities under the Belt and Road Initiative. Other seminars include “Smart-Tech & DIY Toys – What’s New?”, “Toy Safety & Regulations Updates”, “Toys Compliance, Testing & Certification”, “Insight into the Upcoming Stationery Trends” and “Digital Marketing: Innovation Key to Success”, featuring representatives from Guru Online and Madcradle Online.

    Concurrent Baby Products and Stationery Fairs

    The 10th Hong Kong Baby Products Fair has attracted more than 610 exhibitors from 29 countries and regions, including those featured at pavilions from Korea, Singapore and the Hong Kong Children, Babies, Maternity Industries Association. The debut Maternity Products zone presents a variety of pre- and post-natal essentials for mothers, while the Baby Tech zone showcases high-tech smart products. The Brand Name Gallery presents close to 50 well-known quality brands. The winning products of the Hong Kong Toys and Baby Products Awards 2019 can be viewed at the Halls 3F-G Concourse during the fairs showcasing creative designs to international buyers.

    Organised by the HKTDC and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, this year’s Hong Kong International Stationery Fair welcomes more than 260 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions, including pavilions from Korea and Taiwan as well as first-time exhibitors from Australia and Malaysia. The fair is once again organised into five distinct product zones, namely DIY Supplies, Gift Stationery, Kids & School, Pen & Paper and Smart Office, for an easy-to-navigate sourcing environment. The “One Moment in Time” display at the entrance of Hall 5B showcases a variety of stationery that people use in different stages of life.

    The three fairs are held concurrently with the HKTDC Hong Kong International Licensing Show (7-9 Jan) to provide a one-stop sourcing platform for buyers, creating synergy and more cross-sector business opportunities. The fairs also continue to feature the hktdc.com Small Orders zone with its online transaction platform (http://smallorders.hktdc.com), and on-site business-matching service to facilitate business partnerships and sourcing.

    Media Enquiries:
    Please contact the HKTDC's Communications & Public Affairs Department:

    Natalie Wong Tel: (852) 2584 4472 Email: natalie.hy.wong@hktdc.org
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