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Hong Kong Lacks Independent Filmmakers

出自香港新聞網 - 樹仁新傳系學生實習習作

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                              By Isabel Chan


Taiwan documentary "Go Grandriders" was released a month ago.  It took only 3 days to break the box office record in Taiwan. People might assume it requires a lot for the filmmaker to make it. The fact is, there are nothing but only seventeen elderlies and a non-profit organization CNEX to make the fantasy happen.  


CNEX, a non-profit filmmaking organization, is composed of people who are passionate with documentaries.  Every year, a ‘pitching’ would be held in Beijing to choose to fund the most intriguing documentary.


Ada Lee the CNEX Foundation manager, stated with disappointment that Hong Kong lacks pitching culture and independent filmmakers suffer from it.   Only RTHK in the entire Hong Kong would outsource their productions to independent filmmakers.  


“Foreign television broadcasting companies, such as ABC (American Broadcasting Company), outsourced up to sixty to seventy percent of their programmes.” Lee added, “The culture of outsourcing and pitching definitely helps supporting independent filmmakers there.”


Self-censorship might considered to be a hindrance to those who work in the creative industry, but CNEX documentaries often get away with it.  “What matter to us is the topic of the documentary, in instead of the possibility of showing it in Mainland.  It is not our concern at all as our documentaries get to be shown in Hong Kong and Tai Wan. ’


It is an example that one of the documentaries funded is about “extraterrestrials” in a small village of China, it reveals Chinese government’s improper disposal of rocket test components. Some of these components even crashed and caused deaths.  Lee pointed out that, it was a typical documentary that could not be shown in Mainland, but it stirred interests in foreign countries as it gave them a glimpse of the hermit kingdom.
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