The 25th BIFAN Selects 40 Projects From 29 Countries for NAFF Project Market!


The 25th BIFAN Selects
40 Projects From 29 Countries for NAFF Project Market! 

Year-on-year increase of 8 countries and 21 projects, new and original projects stand out,
series project Goliath, Route 1 among 6 projects selected for Work in Progress

On May 24, the 25th Bucheon International Film Festival (BIFAN, Festival Director: SHIN Chul) announced the 40 official selections from 29 countries for this year's NAFF project market. The selections consist of 19 projects for It Project, 11 projects for Project Spotlight: Korea, 6 projects for Work in Progress, 2 projects for Nordic Genre Invasion, 1 project for Blood Window, and 1 project for Fantastic 7. Selected projects are listed in the table below.

A total of 202 projects from 40 countries were submitted for consideration for this year's NAFF project market. This represents a year-on-year increase of 8 countries and 21 projects. The judges for this year included KIM Donghyeon (director, Merry Christmas), KIM Huiyeon (producer, Bound Entertainment), Ellen Y.D. KIM (chief programmer, BIFAN), MO Eunyoung (programmer, BIFAN), and EOM Yonghun (secretary-general, BIFAN). "There were many new and original projects, each captivating in their own way, that were about personal inner conflict, social irregularities, or were complex projects that merged several genres at once,” explained judge KIM Huiyeon. “I'm looking forward to everyone overcoming these difficult pandemic times, and watching these projects together, in their completed form, at BIFAN."

This year, NAFF accepted submissions of series projects for the first time in its history. In order to keep pace with the rapidly changing digital media environment and the impact that the rise of OTT services has had on the production, distribution, and consumption of video content, series projects were screened, and Goliath from the Philippines was selected. The Work in Progress program was launched last year, with the support of the Seoul Business Agency. The program offers practical support to the Korean film industry, which is struggling due to COVID-19. The Work in Progress program, which offers post-production support (DI, sound mixing, DCP) to projects, selected a total of 6 projects this year, which is an increase from the three selected in the previous year.

While NAFF is in session, filmmakers of the selected projects will be given the opportunity to meet with producers, investors, and distributors from all over the world who work with genre films. Like the previous year, the one-on-one business meetings will be conducted via an online platform during the NAFF session (July 8-13), to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Since launching NAFF in 2008, BIFAN has been operating the world's first project market for genre films and the Fantastic Film School. Over the years, a total of 65 projects have gone on to completion, including films such as The King of Pigs (2011), The Terror Live (2013), Eerie (2018), Motel Acacia (2019) and The Closet (2020). These films have been introduced to audiences from all over the world via international film festivals and movie theaters.

The 25th BIFAN will be held from July 8-18. For 11 days, the festival will offer both online and offline screenings, as well as audience events.
It Project Selections - 19 Projects
NO Project Country Director Producer Production Company
1 100 Midget Zombie Cannibals The Philippines Khavn DE LA CRUZ Achinette VILLAMOR,
Stephan HOLL
Kamias Overground
2 108 Days Indonesia Lucky KUSWANDI Muhammad ZAIDY,
Palari Films
3 Ash Valley USA, China, Canada SHU Zhu Anderson LE,
East Films
4 Bearlike Man India Sapna BHAVNANI Sapna BHAVNANI Wench Films
5 The Befallen USA - Tim KWOK,
Convergence Entertainment
6 Conceivable Singapore, Thailand Sarah-Tabea SAMMEL CHAN Gin Kai Silver Media
7 Goliath The Philippines Dodo DAYAO Patti LAPUS,
Bradley LIEW
Epicmedia Productions Inc.
8 How to Talk with Spirits USA Quentin LEE Quentin LEE,
Stanley YUNG
Margin Films
9 Hungry Ghost Diner Malaysia We Jun CHO Benji LIM,
Yve Vonn LEE
10 The Land of Healing Vietnam Hoang LE Thanh TRAN -
11 The Last Moon UK Sean McCONVILLE Stephanie JOALLAND Frenzy Films Ltd.
12 Mitra, Turn off the Light to See Argentina Diego BELLOCCHIO Javier DIAZ,
Coruya Cine
13 The Moon of the Kurent Slovenia, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro Tomaz GORKIC Tomi MATIC,
Strup Produkcija
14 Peaches Hong Kong, Taiwan, USA, France, Germany, Czech Republic Jenny SUEN Coco FRANCINI,
Justine O,
Dirty Films
15 The Portal Syria, France Chadi ABO - -
16 Quantum Suicide Japan, The Philippines Mikhail RED Taro IMAI,
Harakiri Films Llc.
17 Untitled Music Monster Movie USA, Norway Bill WATTERSON Emerson MACHTUS Mini Mach Media
18 The Water Sprite Japan KANEKO Masakazu KATAYAMA Takeshi Nippon Shuppan Hanbai, Inc.
19 The White King Laos, Spain Mattie DO Annick MAHNERT,
Douangmany SOLIPHANH
Screen Division
Project Spotlight: Korea Selections - 11 Projects
NO Project Country Director Producer Production Company
1 You Will Die in 6 Hours Korea PARK Sooyoung LEE Eunkyung ZOA FILMS
2 E.S.P. Korea JUNG Jaehoon KO Yoohee Production AHA
3 Peacock Korea BYUN Sungbin BONG Suji ES Pictures Co., Ltd.
4 House I Died Korea NOH Doyeon - -
5 Water Demon Korea LIM Jiehun KOO Sungmok,
SON Junghyun,
CHOI Jongun
6 Lana4 Korea SHIM Yohan - -
7 Buster Korea KIM Soojung KIM Hwabeom INDIESTORY Inc.
8 Asia Korea LEE Jungsub KANG Taeu,
JANG Taeyoung
9 David, a Butler Korea SO Jaewoong - -
10 Camp Page Korea JANG Woojin HAN Sunhee Plain Pictures,
Bomnae Films
11 Panic Korea SONG Kwangho JE Junghun GreeGo PICTURES

Nordic Genre Invasion Selections - 2 Projects
NO Project Country Director Producer Production Company
1 Melanoma Denmark, UK Michael PANDURO Jón HAMMER,
Adomeit Film, Grimmfest Films
2 Who's There Norway Severin ESKELAND Severin ESKELAND,
Eske & Horn filmproduction

Blood Window Selection - 1 Project
NO Project Country Director Producer Production Company
1 Matria Chile, Argentina, Spain Sandra ARRIAGADA Lucio ROJAS,
Femtastica Films

Fantastic 7 Selection - 1 Project
NO Project Country Director Producer Production Company
1 Lay the Ghost Korea YU Eunjung PARK Doohee Film Run Co., Ltd.

Work in Progress Selections - 6 Projects
NO Project Conutry Director Producer Production Company
1 Route1 Korea KANG Kyungtae LEE Jiyoung BEYOND FILM
2 Run Run Run! Korea KIM Wonjin - Voyager1
3 Mind Universe Korea KIM Jinmoo KIM Kyungsun GOODINSTORY
4 Exist Within Korea KIM Jungwook JUNG Minah True Rise Pictures Inc.
5 Earth Vagabond Korea YOO CHOI Neulsaem - -
6 Be Young Korea SHIN Jaemyoung KIM Joohan Hanui Baram Co., Ltd.