Festival Identity

Symbol

Official Symbol Cell of Fantasy In celebration of BIFAN's 20th anniversary, the festival symbol was rebranded to strengthen the festival's identity. The rebranded symbol, 'Cell of Fantasy', holds diverse possibilities and symbolizes the energy of BIFAN as it brims with new imagination each year.
Cell of Fantasy's free-form shape with its contrasting visual cues (e.g. yin and yang, contraction and expansion) is a metaphor for themes embraced by BIFAN, including love, fantasy, adventure, and imagination.

SIGNATURE

  • 25th Emblems

  • Official Emblems

  • Combination of Korean and English

Slogan

“Stay Strange” The “Stay Strange” slogan is an expression of BIFAN’s determination to show keen support for unconventional genre film talents that have turned away from the mainstream. The slogan implies that, although their stories might be unfamiliar and strange to some, if these stories are nurtured, the talents behind them can eventually meet BIFAN and blossom. “Stay Strange” also captures the hope and comfort being offered to filmmakers, audiences, and to everyone else who has struggled as a result of the strange changes that COVID-19 has brought about over the past two years.

Special Typeface

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A character that can be read but cannot found on a keyboard.
We created an entirely new character that incorporates the Cell of Fantasy, which symbolizes unbounded imagination. The character echoes the image of film festivals, which are playgrounds where creators mingle with the public, and it captures the original intention of a film festival to return to its cell of origin in order to evolve. It also resembles the smiling face of the viewer as they become momentarily puzzled and allow their imagination to soar while observing the character.

  • Idea by Deuga
  • Designed by Hanggi

Official Posters

We created an entirely new character that incorporates the Cell of Fantasy, which symbolizes unbounded imagination. The character echoes the image of film festivals, which are playgrounds where creators mingle with the public, and it captures the original intention of a film festival to return to its cell of origin in order to evolve. It also resembles the smiling face of the viewer as they become momentarily puzzled and allow their imagination to soar while observing the character.

  • Art direction and poster design: CHOI Jeewoong, PARK Dongwoo, LEE Donghyoung (PROPAGANDA)
  • Cake character design: SONG Cheolun
  • Cake production and food styling: KIM Euna, KANG Huiyeon, PARK Soyeong, KIM Yeonjae (CHARIDA Studio)
  • Photo team: LEE Seunghee, JOO Yena, JEON Seungann (Lee Seung Hee Studio)

Official Trailer

This year’s official trailer is an animation with “scary tales” as its theme. KIM Kangmin, who directed the trailers for the 21st and 22nd BIFAN, took on the directorial duties once again this year. The trailer tells of what unfolds when a boy, who would go around killing insects, grows up to kill a monster as an adult 25 years later. KIM, who took three months to complete the project, revealed that he “came up with the story for the trailer by combining [his] childhood experiences and creature features.” The “grasshopper man” that appears as the main character and the homage to The Thing (1982) are particularly memorable.

KIM Kangmin, whose short films Jeom (2017) and KKUM (2020) were invited to be screened at BIFAN, uses graphic design and stop motion to create unique works. KKUM (2020) became the first Korean film to win the grand prize at the Ottawa International Animation Festival - the largest animation festival in North America - and just the third film in the festival’s history to win both the public and grand prize. The film was also nominated for Best Short Subject at the Annie Awards, which is known as the Oscars for animation.

Synopsis

A young boy who goes around killing insects kills a monster as an adult 25 years later. In the end, he loses his life to a tiny bug.

Director KIM Kangmin

  • 38-39°C (2011)
    • 2012 San Diego Asian Film Festival, Best Animated Short
  • Deer Flower (2015)
    • 2016 Melbourne Intl. Film Festival, Best Animation Short Film
    • Indie-AniFest, Prize for Independent Walk
    • Mise-en-scène Short Film Festival, Best Film in the Extreme Nightmare Animafest Zagreb, Special Award
    • Jeonju Intl. Film Festival, Special Jury Prize (Korean Competition for Shorts) Busan Intl. Short Film Festival, Grand Prix for Best Picture (Korean Competition)
  • Jeom (2017)
    • 2018 Asiana Intl. Short Film Festival, CINECUBE Award
  • KKUM (2020)
    • 2020 Ottawa International Animal Festival, Grand Prize, Public Prize (Shorts Competition)
    • Indie-AniFest, Grand Prize
    • SXSW Film Festival, Special Jury Award
  • Director: KIM Kangmin
  • Audio: Barrett SLAGLE
  • Technician: Matthew Philip HAZELRIG
  • Production company: Open The Portal