BIFAN Industry Gathering (B.I.G)
||BIFAN Industry Gathering
||June 30th(Fri) ~ July 3rd(Mon)
||NAFF Project Market, NAFF Fantastic Film School, Made in Asia
||Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN)
The Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival launched its industry program, B.I.G (BIFAN Industry Gathering), in 2016 to promote the steady and balanced growth of the Korean and Asian film industry and boost genre film productions. B.I.G consists of the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) Project Market, the Fantastic Film School, and Made in Asia. B.I.G has grown into an influential film industry platform, gaining recognition as one of the participating film festivals in the "Fantastic 7" at the Cannes Film Market since 2019.
The NAFF Project Market has been unearthing Asian genre feature film and series projects and providing a networking program that allows Korean and international film industry professionals to interact and hold business meetings to discuss investment and co-production opportunities. The NAFF Project Market is composed of two main sections: “It Project” and “Project Spotlight”. Through active international collaborations, NAFF has expanded its scope by adding the “Nordic Genre Invasion” section from Northern Europe, the "Blood Window" section from South America and the “Sitges FanPitch” section to its regular program.
This year, the NAFF Fantastic Film School has appointed Barry Sabath who has been a mentor for many filmmakers around the world as the dean of the school. Along with Barry Sabath as the dean, a hand-picked selection of Korean and international genre film experts will act as instructors giving lectures and master classes to the students. Overcoming the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, NAFF Fantastic Film School utilizes the online environment it has established during the last years to strengthen its position as a platform for nurturing genre film talents in a hybrid format of offline and online activities.
Made in Asia was created eight years ago in order to understand major Asian film industries better, and to promote exchange, cooperation and development. The annual Asian Film Industry Report has expanded its scope from 12 to 17 countries. The document will provide a comprehensive overview of the entire Asian film industry by using standardized indicators and analyzing key industry trends in each country. The "Made in Asia Forum” will bring key players in the Asian film industry together to discuss current issues and gain insights into various domestic industries. Made in Asia aims to create a useful foundation for exchange and cooperation among the Asian film industries in bringing private companies and national organizations together.