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7th First Feature Film Initiative

Objective:

The First Feature Film Initiative (“FFFI”) was launched to identify new talents through a competition on screenplay and production proposals. FFFI provides Government funding to winning teams in the form of cash prizes. The aim of the FFFI is to support new directors and their film production teams to make their first feature films on a commercial basis in order to nurture talents for the film industry.

The competition is divided into: Higher Education Institution Group (“HEIG”) and Professional Group (“PG”), with each group being awarded a maximum of three prizes. The winning teams of the HEIG and the PG will be awarded a maximum of $5 million and $8 million respectively to make their first feature films. 

Submission criteria :

•    Each participating team shall comprise at least a director, a producer and a screenwriter. The director and the producer shall not be the same person.
•    Each and every director (if more than one director) of a participating team shall not have previously shot any commercial film3 with a running time of 80 minutes or longer and shall be a Hong Kong permanent resident aged 18 years or above.
•    Each and every producer (if more than one producer) of a participating team shall be a Hong Kong permanent resident aged 18 years or above.
•    At least one of the screenwriters of a participating team shall be a Hong Kong permanent resident aged 18 years or above.
•    Apart from the director(s), producer(s) and screenwriter(s), there shall be at least one Hong Kong permanent resident in each of the following nine positions: leading actor, leading actress, cinematography, action design, art direction, costume design, editing, music scoring/sound effect and visual effect.
•    A feature film is a fictional narrative. It must be a film or digital film suitable for release in commercial cinemas and is not shorter than 80 minutes in running time. Animation films and documentaries are not considered as feature films under FFFI.

Application deadline: 21 May 2021


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