One of the tallest cities in the world, Hong Kong is the perfect balance of old and new cultures, thus offering filmmakers every kind of location for shoots.
Hong Kong, meaning ‘fragrant harbour’, is a place with multiple personalities, as it is both Cantonese Chinese and was under a more recent, contemporary British influence. While legally part of China, Hong Kong is separate from mainland China as a dependency with a high degree of autonomy.
Bollywood’s association with Hong Kong began in 1971, when SA Akbar’s Johar Mehmood In Hong Kong starring IS Johar and Mehmood was shot there. But in the four decades that followed, only a handful of films have been shot in what is now a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. A few other Bollywood films shot in Hong Kong, include Ram Gopal Varma‘s Company and Mahesh Bhatt’s Gumrah.
While Hong Kong is cacophonous and calming both at the same time, it is bursting with energy and has a stunning skyline. Over time, a growing population coupled with lack of space forced the city to grow vertically. Hong Kong is thus among the world’s tallest cities. It is made up of a group of verdant islands including Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, and is a fusion of two separate worlds.
It is also an important hub in East Asia, with global connections to many of the world’s cities. It is a unique destination that has absorbed people and cultural influences from places as diverse as Vietnam and Vancouver and proudly proclaims itself to be Asia’s ‘World City’. Hong Kong offers unique experiences to visitors, such as The Peak, Star Ferry, Tramways, dynamic street markets, bustling shopping areas, Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park. It is also a place with sleepy temples, rustic villages, quirky festivals and a rugged coastline.
Hong Kong has a tropical climate but is cooled in winter by sea breeze due to its elevated location. Summer is long, humid and hot (June to September), with temperatures often exceeding 30°C. Night time temperatures do not drop below 25°C. Hong Kong has a subtropical climate with at least one season to match your comfort zone.
The Film Services Office (FSO) is under Create Hong Kong, Commerce and Economic Development Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government. The FSO maintains Hong Kong as a major film-producing centre and enhances its position as a film trading and service hub in the Asia Pacific Region.
The FSO coordinates and facilitates matters directly relating to film production and location filming in Hong Kong. It also provides information, liaison and support to local and overseas filmmakers. All these services are free.
Film Development Fund
The Film Development Fund (FDF) was first set up by the Government in 1999 to support projects conducive to the long-term development of the film industry in Hong Kong.
In July 2007, the Government injected HK$300 million into the FDF, and expanded its scope to partly finance small-to-medium budget film productions. In May 2015, the Government further injected HK$200 million into the FDF and introduced a new scheme under it, to subsidise low-budget film productions with a production budget not exceeding HK$10 million. The FDF is administered by the Secretariat of the Hong Kong Film Development Council (HKFDC).
Financing Film Production
The applicant must be a film production company formed and registered under the Companies Ordinance or the predecessor Ordinance. The applicant, film producer, film director or any combination of them must produce a total of at least two released films immediately preceding the date of application.
The film project must be in the form of a full script to produce a feature drama film must be a feature drama, animation or documentary film intended for commercial theatrical exhibition in Hong Kong with a production budget of not more than HK$10 million and the length of which must be 80 minutes or above. The film project should be shown to be commercially viable and secured third-party financing to the satisfaction of the government. It must employ at least one permanent resident of Hong Kong.