The local movie industry might have difficulty accommodating newly trained talents because there are fewer movie projects, a film veteran said yesterday. Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers chairman Ng Sze-yuen said that of 300 youngsters who completed the first Film Professional Training Programme organised by his group and the Institute of Vocational Education (Kwun Tong) this year, about 60 per cent had found jobs in the industry. But the veteran director expressed doubts about increasing the employment rate, saying the number of new movie projects had fallen since summer. 'Since all the instructors are professionals in the industry, they do their best to give students opportunities to work in the field,' Ng said. 'The movie industry seemed to bounce back earlier this year but in September and October there have been fewer new movie projects. 'One of the main reasons is the high fees for actors. They account for three-quarters of a movie budget. On top of that, the markets, local and overseas, aren't strong enough. The opening of the mainland market is not as good as we thought because of censorship.' The institute yesterday held a ceremony to launch the second film training programme, welcoming 162 students into the one-year full-time course. The programme covers basic film knowledge plus electives on film production, directing, lighting, post-production and action directing. Programme director John Shum Kim-fun said the courses provided practical training for youngsters interested in working in the industry. Kingman Cho, an instructor for the film production segment, said teachers would do their best to get interviews for students, but whether they got into the industry depended on their performance. But Tom Wong Pak-lun, who graduated from the first film programme, said he wasn't worried about getting jobs. Already working on a film project, the 21-year-old said the vast mainland market would provide enough opportunities for students. 'If you just want to work on big projects in Hong Kong, of course the chances are slim,' he said. 'But if you don't mind doing small projects or working on the mainland, there are plenty of opportunities out there. 'As a fresh face to the industry, I would take anything to gain experience.'