The Asian Discovery Award (award for Asian newcomer) was given to two projects this year: A Woman in Flames
(director Nakagawa Natsuki) and Please Bear with Me
(director Gabriela Serrano). A Woman in Flames
is a crime genre film that portrays a woman who gets caught up unexpectedly in an incident with a gay police officer. Please Bear with Me
is a unique science fiction film set in a dystopian future, exploring the theme of "dream time."
The NAFF Award was scored by two projects Parasomnia
(director Rafki Hidayat) and PLANET
(director Frederic S. Hana). The NAFF Korean Award went to Idiot Girls and School Ghost: School Anniversary
(director Kim Minha) and Show Me the Liver
(director Kim Jeongho).
The VIPO Award honored the project Maiden Home
(director Sinn Kirin). As part of the collaboration with the Visual Industry Promotion Organization (VIPO) of Japan, the award includes a cash prize of 500,000 JPY. The newly established TAICCA Award with 10,000 U$D, sponsored by the Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA) as part of the partnership agreement with BIFAN concluded in March this year, was handed over to Sesame Has Its Soul
(director Oscar Duong). The DHL Award, sponsored by DHL Korea was awarded to Lake of Stars
(director Jake Wachtel).
Mocha Chai Award, supporting post production again went to Please Bear with Me.
The Blood Window Award that includes an invitation to Ventana Sur Blood Window (air ticket, accommodation, badge) went to PLANET
. The Sitges FanPitch Award that comes with an air ticket, accommodation and a badge to participate in the Sitges Film Festival’s FanPitch went once more to Please Bear with Me
who scored a total of three the awards at this NAFF Project Market.
Previously announced was the Cannes Fantastic 7 Award winner The Fin
(director Syeyoung Park), who was already invited to the Cannes Film Festival Film Market in May this year for pitching and business meetings. The project also received the SBA Award for post-production (sound mixing, DCP).
This year's jury members included Alexandre O. Phillipe, director at Exhibit A Pictures, Bianca
Balbuena, managing director at Kroma Entertainment's Anima Studios; and Samuel Yeunju Ha, CEO of Bound Entertainment. Through meetings with the directors and producers of all participating projects and in-depth evaluation the three-member jury selected a total of 9 winners in 7 categories.
Speaking on behalf of the jury Samuel Yeunju Ha congratulated and encouraged all the winners and participants saying: “It was not easy to judge all the projects because they all showed great potential. We got a lot of inspiration and stimulation from the passionate efforts of the directors. And we believe that also all other projects will be successful.”
While BIFAN’s industry program B.I.G has wrapped the 27th edition of the audience festival will continue till Sunday, July 9, at Bucheon City Hall, CGV Sopung, the Korea Manhwa Museum and the Megabox Bucheon Starfield City. Films can be also watched through the online platform wavve. Beyond Reality, BIFAN’s XR runs at the Bucheon Art Bunker B39 and the special exhibition Master CHOI MIN SIK can be enjoyed at the Hyundai Department Store Jungdong.
The festival’s closing ceremony will take place on Friday, July 7, with the world premiere of Sana
by Japanese horror master Shimizu Takashi as the closing film.
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