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AWN’s Dan Sarto/ Australian Film Commission Head to Hong Kong Filmart

Animation World Networks publisher Dan Sarto and the Australian Film Commission (AFC) are headed to the Hong Kong Entertainment Expo, which runs March 2224, 2005.

Sarto will be presenting a keynote speech at the event, regarding the current developments and opportunities in the world of animation and visual effects across multiple mediums such as television, film, gaming and mobile. In addition, he will part of one of the events many panel discussions.

Hong Kong is a leader in the fields of animation and visual effects both in art and commerce and it is becoming an emerging center of the convergence of the two industries. It is a pleasure to take part in this event and I look forward to developing stronger relationships with the some of the key players doing business here, said Sarto.

Additionally, the Australian Film Commission (AFC) will lead a delegation of Australian companies, promoting Australia's Golden Eight the eight golden reasons for working with the Australian film industry.

Australia's Golden Eight: * An internationally recognised film and television industry* Award-winning post-production and visual effects companies* Innovative filmmaking and creative talent* Significant government funding and competitive incentives and rebates* World-class facilities and studios* Award-winning creative personnel and outstanding crews* Diverse locations across Australia's eight States and Territories* Opportunities to build business with Asia-Pacific neighbors

AFC chief exec Kim Dalton will head up the delegation, which includes Ausfilm, Melbourne Film Office, New South Wales Film and Television Office, several of Australia's most accomplished distribution, post-production and visual effects companies, and a number of producers and filmmakers, which include Australian Film Commission, Arclight Films, Cinevex, Complete Post, Digital Pictures, Films and Casting Temple, Image.Net, ImagineAsia, The Post Lounge, RGB Pictures and the Soundfirm and China Film Assist. "The Australian film industry is very keen to further develop its involvement in the areas of film financing, distribution and production with Asia. The Hong Kong Entertainment Expo is a perfect opportunity to do this. This is the first time the Expo has been held, and it is already positioning itself as a gateway to new business with China and a hub for business in Asia. We believe the Expo will provide opportunities for Australia to strengthen its commercial links with the Asian film industry," Dalton said.

Australian companies exhibiting at FILMART (booths P1-P4, P6, Q3 & Q5).

The Expo will be a major event combining, for the first time, the Hong Kong FILMART, Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Hong Kong Film Awards, and a number of other media and entertainment events.

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