Two Academy of Film alumni named winners of First Feature Film Initiative
29 Jul 2020
Two alumni of the Academy of Film (AF) were selected as winners in the Higher Education Institution Group of the 6th First Feature Film Initiative (FFFI). Each of them will receive HK$5 million in funding from the Film Development Fund to take forward their winning film proposals and produce their first commercial feature films.
Miss Yip Yuk-ying is a 2012 graduate of AF’s Cinema & Television Major. Her winning film proposal, entitled The Wonder, is about two female secondary students, one of whom has a speech disorder while the other has dyslexia. In the story, they try to rebuild their self-identities by operating an online business, but they run into trouble when they start to push the moral boundaries.
The other winning film proposal was Gamer Girls, which was written and directed by Miss Sophie Yang, a 2015 graduate of AF’s Master of Fine Arts in Film, Television and Digital Media programme, and her partner Miss Veronica Bassetto. The story follows six girls with a passion for e-sports who are working hard to win games and break social stereotypes. However, they find the journey harder than expected and face many unknown challenges ahead.
So far a total of five AF alumni have won prizes in the Higher Education Institution Group of the FFFI. The other three alumni are Mr Steve Chan, a 2012 alumnus who won the inaugural FFFI with Weeds on Fire; Ms Oliver Chan, a 2015 alumna who won the 3rd FFFI with Still Human; and Miss Norris Wong, a 2012 alumna who won the 4th FFFI with her film My Prince Edward.