Norris Wong (sixth from right) wins government funding to produce her creation


黃綺琳(右六)獲電影發展基金資助拍攝電影

Date: 02 Mar 2018 (Friday)

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Academy of Film graduate Norris Wong wins government funding to produce her first feature film

電影學院畢業生黃綺琳獲政府資助拍攝首部劇情電影

Norris Wong, 2012 Master of Fine Arts graduate of the Academy of Film (AF) of the School of Communication, won the championship in the Higher Education Institution Group of the fourth First Feature Film Initiative (FFFI) with her film proposal My Prince Edward. She has been awarded HK$3.25 million in funding from the Film Development Fund to bring her winning commercial feature film project to the big screen. 
 
Set in Golden Plaza, a mall well-known for budget wedding supplies in Prince Edward, the film centres on the story between Li Fang and Edward, both of whom work at Golden Plaza and have been dating each other for seven years. Their friends believe that Edward is Li Fang’s prince charming and a wedding will happen sooner or later. However, Li Fang has an unrevealed secret—she cannot get married. 
 
A longtime resident of Prince Edward, Norris is amused by the story of Prince Edward VIII, who abdicated his throne to marry a divorced lady. Other than that, the cheap and glitzy wedding supplies on offer in Golden Plaza provided great inspiration for her film. “To me, Golden Plaza is like Chungking Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui, where a lot of intriguing and fascinating stories take place.” Eventually, Norris pieced together these different ideas into a Prince Edward-based narrative and became the third HKBU alumni to have won the FFFI competition. She is grateful for the Academy of Film, CreateHK and the adjudicators of FFFI for their appreciation and recognition of her film project. 
 
Norris is now working closely with film veterans Mr Chan Hing-kai and Mr O Sing-pui, who will be the producers of her film. They were also the producers of Weeds on Fire, a film directed by Mr Steve Chan, 2012 graduate of the Academy of Film, who won the inaugural FFFI competition. Last year, 2015 graduate Miss Oliver Chan was awarded government funding for her film Still Human, which is currently under production.
 
FFFI is hosted by Create Hong Kong of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau to identify new talents through a competition of screenplay and production proposals. FFFI, which takes the form of a competition, accepts entries in two categories, namely the Higher Education Institution Group and the Professional Group. The winning teams receive funding from the Film Development Fund to produce, shoot and distribute their first commercial feature film.

傳理學院電影學院2012年電影藝術碩士課程畢業生黃綺琳,憑其電影構思《金都》,在第四屆「首部劇情電影計劃」大專組別中脫穎而出,獲電影發展基金撥款資助港幣325萬元,將電影構思搬上大銀幕。
 
《金都》以坐落於太子的金都商場為背景,商場以售賣廉價婚禮商品聞名,電影的主角莉芳在商場的婚紗租賃店工作,與另一婚禮攝影店的年輕東主Edward拍拖七年,Edward被視為莉芳的白馬王子,結婚似是遲早的事,但原來莉芳有個不能結婚的秘密。
 
綺琳在太子居住多年,當知道太子道西是以英國王子愛德華八世命名後,便對他為了迎娶一位離婚女士而捨棄王位的故事滿懷好奇。另外,金都商場裏既閃爍又俗氣的婚慶商品也為她帶來靈感。她說:「我認為金都商場跟尖沙咀重慶大廈一樣,都充滿具吸引力和有趣故事」。她將這些意念發展為電影構思,最後在「首部劇情電影計劃」中脫穎而出,成為第三度獲勝的浸大校友。對此,她感謝電影學院、創意香港、以及「首部劇情電影計劃」的評審,對其電影構思的欣賞和肯定。
 
綺琳目前正積極地參與監製陳慶嘉和柯星沛籌備電影,兩位也是電影《點五步》的監製,《點五步》由電影學院2012年畢業生陳志發執導,在第一屆「首部劇情電影計劃」大專組中勝出,於2016年8月上映;而2015年畢業生陳小娟則憑《淪落人》於第三屆中獲勝,電影正拍攝中。
 
「首部劇情電影計劃」由商務及經濟發展局創意香港主辦,透過電影創作及製作計劃比賽選拔新秀;計劃以比賽形式進行,分為大專組及專業組。優勝團隊獲電影發展基金撥款,資助落實其得獎電影計劃,以商業模式拍攝、製作及發行他們的首部劇情電影。