Veteran producer Stanley Kwan and young filmmaker Sasha Chuk swept the board at the 21st Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF21) with Fly Me To The Moon, Chuk’s poignant feature tale of two sisters moving from Hunan to Hong Kong in the 1990’s. The picture won an unprecedented four awards at the Forum, including the Chinachem supported CCG Grand Award. The film focuses on the girls as they struggle with a number of practical and emotional factors beyond their control, and it deals with how childhood memories shape our connections and impressions of ‘home’. Chuk dedicates the film to children who have experienced challenging relationships with parents, and the piece illustrates how an eventual understanding of the complexities of life often assuages the pain felt through those traumatic periods growing up. In addition, Chuk’s work in progress film was also selected for inclusion in the ‘HAF Goes To Cannes’ initiative, an exciting opportunity to showcase the feature at the world’s premiere film market event. Another signifier that Hong Kong is rebounding, HAF21 is held with the returning FILMART, Hong Kong’s International TV and Film Market convention. This year attracting close to 1,000 filmmakers and financiers from over 35 countries and regions, HAF21 is a showcase introducing fictional films both in development and as works in progress; vital tools in keeping industry pipeline charged with potential. 2023 is the first year that the Chinachem Group has actively participated in HAF21, but it marks the start of a series of initiatives focusing on the significance of film making in the city, past, present, and future. Because the manner in which a community portrays itself on the big screen, both speaks volumes of how it sees about itself, whilst also showcasing the city and its culture on a global stage to an international audience.