Thai new wave godfather Nonzee Nimibutr has won a cash prize at the Hong Kong Asian Film Financing Forum at the Hong Kong International Film Festival for his project, Secret of the Butterfly, a psychological thriller written by Kongdej Jaturanrasamee. It's about a woman who carries a virus that can destroy all the men in the world.
Nonzee takes a share of the US$75,000 offered by HAF. His award comes from Technicolor Thailand.
The top prize when to The Bus by Pang Ho Cheung. Other prizes went to Crazy Stone director Ning Hao for 7 Dreams, Teresa Cavina for Fugitive Club and Carol Lai Mui-suet for Shuffle.
Nonzee is a previous winner at HAF, having won some cash in 2006 to develop Toyol, about a Southeast Asian ghost legend, which he is developing with Singaporean filmmaker Eric Khoo. Nonzee's next film is Queen of Langkasuka, which will be released in May. He is also working on a Japanese co-production, Just as Chao Phya River Flows.
(Via Variety, photo via Screen Daily (PDF))