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FILMART 2009 (HONG KONG) – Day 4

AND THAT’S THE WAY IT WAS… 2009 HK Filmart is drawing to a close and it has been an odd one. It started out very optimistically. Every one who is here is usually here, so there was a refocussing as a Asia event rather than a international film market. Then by the end of the […]

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FILMART 2009 (HONG KONG) – Day 3

One of my prized contacts at UNIJAPAN Yuri Kubota tells me that she is leaving the organization by the end of the month. She’ll be working from Tokyo with the San Sebastian Film Festival and therefore will be unable to help me with my “maniacal” requests for names of sound recordists and editors (rarely provided […]

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FILMART 2009 (HONG KONG) – Day 2

IT’S NOT FILM THAT GOES THROUGH THE CAMERA, IT’S DOLLARS! The Hong Kong Trade and Development Corporation set up some interviews for contenders in the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum known as HAF. (while I wouldn’t want to inflict the acronym HKAF on anyone as it sounds like a plutonium strength coffee, I do […]

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FILMART 2009 (HONG KONG) – Day 1

It might seem weird to kick off a blog about Hong Kong’s Filmart (March 23-26) with a wrap-up of the opening of the Hong Kong International Film Festival (March 22), but given that they are all part of the city’s month-long Entertainment Expo it shouldn’t be that surpising. Most festivals find it hard enough to […]

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APSA Blogs – Russell Edwards

APSA Nominations Council Member, Russell Edwards is a Sydney-based film critic reviewing Asian and Australian films for the international trade paper Variety. He was president of The Film Critics Circle of Australia from 2004 to 2006; is a regular attendee of Asia’s film festival circuit; and has been a FIPRESCI juror at the Pusan International Film Festival twice, including Jury Chairman in 2003.

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