Young directors are embracing the opportunities raised by i-Cable Communications' new movie division but hope the company promises quality control. I-Cable Communications is launching a movie production subsidiary, and scripts are being requested at the moment. A team of six will be responsible for screening and developing potential screenplays. I-Cable's Hong Kong Cable Television's executive director Tsui Siu-ming, a veteran filmmaker who oversees the new movie division, said that through creating the station's own movies, there would be more opportunities for young talent and creative scripts. 'Distributors, cinema circuits and investors are killing the industry's creativity. They don't look at the scripts. They just care about which stars you are bringing.' It aims to produce 15 to 20 films a year, mainly small to medium-scale productions. Two medium-scale productions will begin shooting in June or July. Two movies of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon scale will commence production at the end of this year and mid-2006. Edko Films will handle the theatrical distribution. Tsui said there were not enough local productions to support the station's three movie channels. 'Say you need one new film each week. There will be 52 a year. Plus one monthly highlight, and some other films for festive seasons, you need more than 60 films a year. 'But less than 60 are being produced during the year, and those 60 films aren't just for us. Other TV stations need them as well.' Tsui said that the station had always invested in movies through pre-buying the television rights of movies. 'But the quality of these movies isn't under our control, and they are not our assets in the end. If we are investing, we can set a high standard for scripts. We can control the quality.' Young director Adam Wong Sau-ping hoped i-Cable could do it right. 'This is absolutely a good sign. That means there will be more opportunities for us. But they have to control the quality, otherwise it would just ruin this project of good intention,' he said. Emerging director William Kwok Wai-lun hoped that i-Cable would tolerate a variety of film genres. 'No one would say no to new opportunities, but that would depend on the company's direction.' Woody Tsung Wan-chi, chief executive of the Hong Kong, Kowloon and New Territories Motion Picture Association, said that i-Cable's plan offered a new angle. 'Not many TV stations make movies. New investment certainly stimulates the market, but how it works will depend on the market's and audience's reaction.'