|Johnnie To, Yee Chih-Yen|
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|Johnnie To says that since most Hong Kong directors are working in the North, he would gladly give opportunities to new directors for them to spout|
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The Fresh Wave 2014 International Short Film Festival opening ceremony took place two nights ago at the Broadway Cinematheque. Director Johnnie To Kei Fung, Taiwan youth film director Yee Chih-Yen and Art Development Council chief Wong Wai Ying were event guests. The Short Film Festival's opening film was the Golden Horse Best Original Screenplay winner MEETING DR. SUN.
In addition the Media Asian HK$ 10 million investment, the To Kei Fung produced and three Fresh Wave directors directed new film SHU DAI JIU FUNG started production last month. To Kei Fung said, "Preparations already began two years ago, then we looked at audience reaction. If they were capable then they would have a chance, if they weren't all the yelling would be useless." To Kei Fung pointed out that now HK$ 10 million production budget for a new comer's production was considered a very high figure. He said, "Where would we get that much money to make movies with before, as long as I don't have to lose money, as long as my boss doesn't lose money, try to work with your ideas as much as possible and have original creative spirit. Now many directors are heading north to work. Hong Kong can showcase the younger generation. Bosses will see the talented ones." To Kei Fung said that the eight in one film 8 1/2 STEP (BAK BO BOON) is already under preparation. Among the directors are Ann Hui On Wa, Sammo Hung Kam Bo, Ringo Lam Lan Tung, Tsui Hark and Patrick Tam Ka Ming. He is planning another film that will likely star his official actor Louis Koo Tin Lok, which he joked because Goo Jai was free. As far as he knew Goo Jai next year will have 4 to 5 films on hand.