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Hong Kong chapter of women's film, TV group launches
2006-01-10 03:03:28 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

HONG KONG, Jan 10 (AP) -- The Hong Kong chapter of Women In Film and Television International has been launched with a fundraising screening of the classic Hong Kong movie "The 14 Amazons," a film about Chinese women in feudal times.

The screening was organized by the Hong Kong-based movie company Celestial Pictures, which owns the rights to the movie.

Cast member Ivy Ling Po attended the screening last week, Celestial Pictures said in a news release on its Web site Tuesday.

WIFTI's Hong Kong chapter aims to "support the professional development of women in the entertainment industry by creating events, seminars and programs, which are educational and creatively enlightening," WIFTI Hong Kong chapter council member Ankie Lau said in the Celestial Pictures statement.

In the long run, the group hopes to fund film, TV and stage performances, Lau said. Hong Kong is a major producer of entertainment content for the Chinese-speaking world. The city has served as a launching pad for the careers of many male and female stars alike, such as former Bond girl Michelle Yeoh and Cannes winner Maggie Cheung.

WIFTI is an international support network for women in screen-based media, with members including model Tyra Banks and actress Renee Zellweger. It has 37 chapters and more than 10,000 members.

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